Commenting on the argument from Church of England advisors that it should not be required to follow the same accreditation procedures as other sponsors of new academy schools, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia commented:
"The notion that it might be illegal or inappropriate to require the Church of England to follow the same rules and procedures as everyone else seeking to sponsor new schools does not hold water. With the receipt of public funds and public trust goes the need and requirement for public accreditation and accountability.
"The argument that it is wrong to set limits on the power of the Church of England - or anyone else, religious or non-religious - to set up schools, is unsustainable. From a Christian perspective, let alone a general public one, it is entirely reasonable to expect Church authorities to wish to set exemplary standards, not to evade proper validation and monitoring procedures."