Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School
Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags.
The institution in question is Kingham Hill School. The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an evangelical seminary, is responsible for the school in question.
The Times reports that parents started complaining “after a rainbow LGBT flag was placed on a lectern that had previously been used to read out passages from the Bible.”
One parent, Helkias Mapimhidze told the paper, “I and other parents who are aware of what has been happening feel betrayed. They seem to be embarrassed to be a Christian school.” The fees for attendance at Kingham Hill are said to be as much as £30,000 per year.
Reports say that after an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in 2021, the school was told to make changes to its curriculum “to ensure adequate teaching relating to same-sex relationships.” Unconfirmed reports indicate there was conflict between certain staff members over how to implement the ISI findings and that the ensuing conflict has resulted in at least two resignations.
Kingham Hill School serves approximately 350 students between the ages of eleven and eighteen.