Yes. If the local Catholic school wasn't as good as the local non-Catholic school I wouldn't hesistate. I would feel confident I could still bring DCs up to be Catholics without going to a Catholic school.
My little one is in a very popular over subscribed Catholic school. Its not exceptional in its grades. There are some worse and some local better schools. Most people rate it as its a feeder for a good secondary Catholic school. My heart tells me to move my dc my head thinks im crazy and should be thanking god he is in the over subscribe very popular catholic primary
The school DS is going to is within close walking distance of home, he loves the idea that he might walk there on his own when he's a big boy. Also DS, DH and I also got a really good feeling about the place when we visited and we felt it would suit DS well.
There's nothing wrong with our parish primary, but it's a drive away and we just didn't get the same feeling from it.
DH isn't Catholic so had no axe to grind, and I felt comfortable with the one DS couldn't stop talking about afterwards! Plus it will make pre-work drop offs much easier.
Being Catholic is only one part of my life, I guess I am not massively devout any longer so that swayed things, and once I established that sacraments were arranged by the church rather than the school I decided that I could still raise DS in the tradition.
I'm not catholic but my family are do attend church every week. We are Church of England and have chosen secular schools. I easily could have sent my children to a Church of England school as we attend church every week. I am not sure how relevent my views are to this thread.
Religion starts in the home. Being a christian is a 24 hour, seven day a week existance. The faith schools I went to as a child had appauling religious instruction. I was not taught about the loving compassionate side of God in school.
I chose community schools because its nice having the children's school in easy walking distance. Both the church of england schools have poor OFSTEDs.
My children have benefited from mixing with children from different ethnic groups and religions. We don't have church of england/ catholic work places (unless you work for the church!) so why should we have faith schools?
Ironically my children's community school is far more religious than the faith schools I attended.
To get dc into a catholic secondary they are meant to be in a feeder school. But this is so far down the line im trying to not let it cloud my judgement. Im not to keen on how they teach religion either. It seems to be more god fearing than god loving. The sacraments are also organised by the parish and not the school.
The feeder school system is in operation here too, but I'm not convinced we wouldn't make the same decision again when the time came for secondary applications so decided not to worry about that for now.