Welcome

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

Key Dates

  • Term/Holiday Dates Length
    Familiarisation Day Friday August 31st 2018 1 Day
    Autumn Term 1 Wednesday 5th September 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018 33 Days
    Inset Day Monday October 22nd 2018 1 Day
    Inset Day Tuesday October 23rd 2018 1 Day
    Half Term Monday 22nd October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018 2 Weeks
    Autumn Term 2 Monday 5th November 2018 – Weds 19th December 2018 33 Days
    Pupil Holiday Thursday 20th December 2018 – Weds 2nd January 2019 2 Weeks
    Spring Term 1 Thursday 3rd January 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019 27 Days
    Inset Day Monday February 11th 2019 1 Day
    Inset Day Tuesday February 12th 2019 1 Day
    Pupil Holiday Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019 2 Weeks
    Spring Term 2 Monday 25th February 2019 – Wednesday 17th April 2019 38 Days
    Pupil Holiday Thursday 18th April 2019 – Friday 26th April 2019 1.5 weeks
    Summer Term 1 Monday 29th April 2019 – Friday 24th May 2019 20 Days
    Pupil Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 – Friday 31st May 2019 1 Week
    Summer Term 2 Monday 3rd June 2019 – Thursday 25th July 2019 39 Days
    Total (inc. 5 inset days to be set by schools as inset days*) 195 days

    Please note that the school will be closed for teacher training on the indicated "Inset Days".

    Bank Holidays 2018/2019

    • Christmas - 25th December 2018 & 26th December 2018
    • New Year - 1st January 2019
    • Good Friday – 19th April 2019
    • Easter Monday – 22nd April 2019
    • May Day – 6th May 2019
    • Spring Bank - 27th May 2019
    • Summer Bank - 26th August 2019

    Please ensure that your holidays are booked to coincide with the school holidays. All holiday requests will be ‘unauthorised’ and fines will be issued for parents taking their children out of learning time.