You know the thing that continues to amaze me with CHB (I work with schools and I know that sadly in Birmingham, 'ethnic' cliques and racism are pretty widespread) is that they are incredibly inclusive and cohesive as a school.
I have two boys there, and we're a 'mixed' family so to be fair, some of my children look white and some look Asian. But all have Muslim names. I would have presumed my boys would gravitate toward fellow Muslims who use the prayer room perhaps, or even that they would be looked down on by some Asians for not knowing the language or culture. In fact my older son has, in other settings and at one Primary school, been told he isn't Muslim because he's white (duh!).
This is absolutely not the case at CHB . Remember. boys at CH are bright boys, and happily from my experience they seem to be bright enough to see beyond skin colour and background and really enjoy genuine friendships across all these boundaries.
I think that's a brilliant way to fully prepare boys for going out into the multi-cultural city and world that we live in. My boys are very fortunate to have good schoolfriends from Indian, Pakistani, English, American, Australian, Iranian and Chinese backgrounds. Probably some others too
and certainly many children from mixed backgrounds.
I find the boys at CH to be respectful of each other's religions and cultures, and they certainly don't define each other by them.