Three private schools in Ancoats, Moston and Ardwick use the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum and don’t sit GCSEs and A-Levels
Hardline Christian schools in Manchester have defended teaching children from American textbooks which state that abortion is wrong, evolution is a lie and homosexuals choose to be gay.
Textbooks provided by the organisation and seen by the M.E.N. also state ‘God wants wives to submit to their husbands’ and tells kids they can avoid AIDS by practising the Bible.
But school leaders and Christian Education Europe (CEE) – which provides the curriculum to schools on the continent – say the literature is only a ‘tool’ in a wider education.
Headteacher Brenda Lewis, who established the ACE King of Kings School on Dantzic Street, Ancoats, in 1986, said: “The textbooks in isolation only show a very small part of a very large curriculum. It’s a starting point not a finishing point.
“As Christians we believe the Bible and we believe what the Bible says, and it does say a number of those things, but we are not single-issue people and we teach our students to think for themselves and realise there are a vast number of issues.”
Dr Greg Hibbins, general manager of Christian Education Europe, said: “The users of our curriculum are independent and have the choice to adapt and manage the content as they choose.”
Lighthouse Christian School in Moston and Sons of Light Academy in Ardwick are also among 22 UK schools listed on the CEE website.
The schools sit an International Christian Certificate of Education instead of GCSEs and A-Levels.
In their last Ofsted inspections, King of Kings was graded inadequate and Lighthouse Christian School was satisfactory.
There is no evidence of the Sons of Light Academy apart from the CEE site.
Ofsted has recently tightened its rules on inspections for private schools to include examining their literature and curriculum.
A spokeswoman said: “Under the new tougher inspection regime schools are expected to teach a broad and balanced curriculum.”
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “All independent schools — including those run by Christian Education Europe — must ensure that pupils are taught respect for others of different cultures and beliefs.”