Trusts eye up Khalsa Academy

Two par­ties ex­press in­ter­est in fail­ing school

Windsor & Eton Express - - News - By David Lee davidl@baylis­me­ @DavidLee_BM

Gov­er­nors and trus­tees at Khalsa Pri­mary School are eye­ing up a po­ten­tial takeover of the run­ning of a strug­gling Sikh-ethos school in Stoke Po­ges.

Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy, in Holly­bush Hill, re­ceived an ‘in­ad­e­quate’ rat­ing from Of­sted in­spec­tors fol­low­ing a no-no­tice visit in De­cem­ber which raised con­cerns over child safe­guard­ing and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Last month, the Khalsa Acad­e­mies Trust, which over­sees the sec­ondary school, was told that the school’s fund­ing agree­ment will be ter­mi­nated by the Gov­ern­ment.

The Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion (DfT) said its pref­er­ence is to trans­fer the academy to a ‘strong per­form­ing spon­sor’ which will re­flect the Sikh-ethos of the school.

A new multi-academy trust, The Sikh Acad­e­mies Trust, has now been set up by gov­er­nors and trus­tees at Slough’s high­per­form­ing Khalsa Pri­mary School with the aim of run­ning the Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy.

The trust said it sub­mit­ted a for­mal ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to the Re­gional Schools Com­mis­sioner on June 26.

A state­ment from trus­tees of the pro­posed Sikh Acad­e­mies Trust said:

“We are hum­bled by the sup­port and trust that Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy and Khalsa Pri­mary

School par­ents have shown us to put for­ward our ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy to be trans­ferred across.

“It is a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for the al­ready

Of­sted ‘out­stand­ing’ qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion to be seam­lessly de­liv­ered across pri­mary to sec­ondary pro­vi­sion.”

An­other po­ten­tial spon­sor, The Purslow Trust, has con­firmed it is in dis­cus­sions with the Re­gional Schools Com­mis­sioner about tak­ing over the run­ning of Khalsa Sec­ondary Academy.

Katie Kennedy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the ed­u­ca­tion trust, said: “With the Sikh ethos at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do, we are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a world-class Sikh academy in Stoke Po­ges.

“We have sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, sup­port from lo­cal Sikh groups and ex­per­tise in de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing out­stand­ing schools.

“We’re com­ing to­gether with a shared pas­sion for life-long learn­ing, and a com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing ev­ery young per­son to learn, grow and flour­ish, real­is­ing their full po­ten­tial.”

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