Derby’s first Sikh school set to open on time on temporary site

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that the city’s first Sikh school – Akaal Primary School – is still on course to open in September despite difficulties in obtaining a site…

The Department for Education attempted to obtain a site for the school from Derby City Council and, though this was unsuccessful, it has found an undisclosed site central to Normanton, Sunny Hill, Sinfin and Littleover.

In the meantime, the school is likely to be housed on a temporary site in Normanton until the permanent site is ready.

Cash for the school will come from the Education Funding Agency, which has already made allocation of money for computing for the school.

Dr Daljit Singh Virk, chairman of the Akaal Academy Trust, said: “We are aiming at having an ‘outstanding’ school.

“We have appointed Vicki Kavanagh as head teacher. She was at an ‘outstanding’ school in Birmingham. She will be the executive head teacher and lead the school.

“We have also appointed a head of school, who is very experienced, and will be appointing the rest of the staff shortly so that we are well prepared for the opening.

“The DfE has commended us on finding a very meritorious leadership team for the school.”

Dr Virk said there was “great enthusiasm among the Sikh community” for the school and that it was oversubscribed for the years being filled, which are reception and year one, with two forms in each…

The school proposes a five-term year and aims to provide 420 places by 2020.

A city council spokesman said the authority could not provide a site for the school as it was carrying out a review into special needs provision and may need its sites…

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