The Church of England (CofE) is reportedly considering opening up admissions at its schools to the wider community.
Speaking to the Times Educational Supplement, Reverend John Pritchard, the bishop of Oxford and a senior policy maker for the CofE, said that it is time for these schools to open themselves up to non-believers.
He said that the primary function of the church is to serve its wider community and, as such, only ten per cent of places at its 4,800 primary and secondary schools should be reserved for children from Anglican families.
The bishop said: "I'm really committed to our schools being as open as they can be.
"I know that there are other philosophies that will start at the other end, that say that these are for our church families, but I have never been as convinced of that as others."
Nearly one million children in England are currently enrolled in CofE schools.