Thank you for visiting our website – I am pleased to welcome you to Akaal Primary School.

It is my privilege, as Head Teacher, to take this opportunity to give you an introduction to our vibrant and caring primary school.

We are a Sikh Faith school and we opened in September 2015 via the government Free School programme. We began with 23 children in a handful of Portkabins on the site of the Sri Singh Sabha Gurdwara car park. Here we stayed for 3 years and expanded our number to 100 children. This September has been really exciting for us as we have now moved into our brand new, purpose built school, moving locations from Harrington Street to Grange Avenue. It has been quite a journey and, if you would like to know more about our development, please visit the "Our Story" section of the website.

You may be wondering what a Sikh Faith school actually is. Throughout our website you will see many references to how our faith designation influences the way the school works, but in brief our school welcomes pupils of all faith backgrounds, and none, and we put values at the heart of everything we do.

Our Values are those which can be identified by all faith groups and the wider community, in fact by good human beings across the world, as the code by which we should live. Our children live in very difficult times and core to our purpose is to prepare them to be effective, compassionate adults with the courage and conviction to make things better. We use a range of approaches to ensure that our children regularly meet our values, and are challenged by them, in increasing levels of maturity and responsibility as they grow through the school. Exploring our website further, or indeed talking to our pupils, will give you more information about our chosen approaches.

We are proud of the way we teach the National Curriculum, particularly our approach to mastery learning and our thematic learning, culminating in a termly Learning Challenge. We believe that our children deserve to experience as much as life has to offer and we work tirelessly to provide opportunities and learning experiences to develop well-rounded and able learners.

Setting up a school from scratch is the most challenging thing my colleagues and I have ever done. The journey is far from over and we are focused on improving the school until we can say that we are outstanding in all areas. One thing is certain - I am proud to have such keen and open pupils along with capable and committed colleagues.

I hope that you enjoy exploring the rest of the website to gain deeper insight into our school.

Of course, the best way to discover what we are all about is to come and visit us. Please call to arrange an appointment and our children will be happy to share their learning with you.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon.

Mrs Julie Fellowes
Head Teacher

School Meals

Vegetarian meals

At Akaal Primary School, we will be serving only vegetarian meals. Eating only vegetarian meals is traditionally practiced by members of the Sikh religion, and Derby’s Gurdwaras provide vegetarian meals in their all-inclusive free kitchens.

The Gurdwaras promote vegetarian diet and a lifestyle that is healthy, spiritually uplifting and environmentally responsible.

Why vegetarian?

Vegetarian meals are very healthy. A well balanced vegetarian diet is known to give a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians suffer less heart disease, have lower blood pressure and are less likely to become obese.

Derby is a multi-faith city and serving vegetarian food, which is acceptable in all faiths, will avoid the school having to use multiple types of meat preparations for pupils of different faiths.

Vegetarian food is better for the environment, as animals demand large amounts of food and water to provide meat. With an increasing world population, diverting scarce resources to provide vegetarian food will enable communities to live more sustainably.

What does that mean for my child?

If your child does not eat meat or fish, then they will be able to continue with their usual diet.

If your child currently eats meat and/or fish then, once a day, they will eat a vegetarian meal at school. This will include healthy proteins and fats derived from pulses (beans, seeds and soya, for example) and will sometimes include dairy products such as cheese. Your child will still be able to eat meat and fish at home for their other meals, of course.

Only a quarter of people manage to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. One vegetarian meal a day at school will go a long way to meeting the 5-a-day requirement.

We hope that all parents will want their children to join others and take a lunch-time vegetarian school meal. Where parents prefer their child to bring a packed lunch, we will not restrict what they bring.

Did you know?

A well balanced vegetarian diet is known to bestow a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease, bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Vegetarian Society

As populations grow, lowering meat consumption worldwide will allow more efficient use of declining per capita land and water resources, while at the same time making grain more affordable to the world's chronically hungry.

Worldwatch Institute

A substantial reduction of impacts (from agriculture) would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.

United Nations Environment Programme

The current UK population is 62.3 million. Most recent statistics indicate that 2% of adults and children are vegetarian (not eating meat or fish). This amounts to over 1.2 million individuals.

Office for National Statistics (2012)

Avoid fast foods.

Our society is fast diverting from three good meals a day to a snack culture by eating smaller meals throughout the day with little need for cooking.

This has led to a “takeaway culture” and increasing consumption of fast foods. These contain high levels of fat and sugar. In England in 2014, 64% of adults and about 30% of children were overweight or obese.

Curb food & drink emissions

Everyone will agree that school meals should contribute to reduced carbon emissions.

In the UK, 28% of our carbon dioxide emissions come from food and drink production, of which meat is the most important single contributor.

A shift towards a vegetarian diet is an obvious choice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.