Leicester’s first Sikh school finally opens

The Leicester Mercury is reporting that Falcons Primary finally opened yesterday, following a delay of several weeks…

The school was supposed to open in September for the beginning of the academic year but had its funding withdrawn from the Department for Education (DfE) at the last minute following a “breakdown in relationships”.

The move prompted angry calls from parents to have it reinstated.

Inderjit Singh Panesar, chair of trustees behind the new school said: “The opening is a dream come true for parents and the local community. Our aim is to provide the highest quality education supported by universal values and virtues which are underpinned by our Sikh faith ethos.”

Mr Panesar thanked Leicester East MP Keith Vaz and Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor for schools, for their support over the past few weeks, along with the DfE.

The school has opened to reception and year one children and over time will grow to 420 pupils on roll. It has opened under the Government’s free schools programme and will provide education for children from all backgrounds with at least 50 per cent of places available for non-Sikh children…

The DfE agreed to allow the school to open, provided the trustees, who make up the Akaal Education Trust, could meet a number of strict conditions, including restructuring the board of trustees and governing body to include more people from the primary education sector and finding a new principal.

Trustees were also asked to provide a secure financial plan and budget for future sustainability…

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