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

Extra-curricular Activities

Learning at Akaal Primary School will go beyond the normal school day and will provide excellent provision for its pupils and the local community both pre and post school.


Breakfast Club


This runs from 7:50am to 8:30am and, in addition to breakfast, will offer a range of fun activities. Prices are currently 50p per day (without breakfast) and £1 per day with breakfast.


Morning Reflection


From 8:30am to 8:45am there will be a voluntary opportunity for pupils to partake in daily Sikh worship. For those students who don’t wish to be involved they will be invited to say their own faith appropriate prayer, or to reflect more generally on the things in their life that they are thankful for.


Personal Development Time


This additional hour will form part of the normal school day and will allow pupils to engage in activities aimed at supporting and complementing their learning, to take part in sports and physical activities, to pursue their interests in the arts and to learn community languages.


After School Club


This will complete the provision of wrap around care for those pupils who need it, and is likely to run from 4:35pm until 6:00pm. This is something that is still in development.


Adult Learning


Serving the local community is at the core of our vision and we have a clear aspiration to develop as a community hub. We will stay open in the evenings (and potentially Saturday mornings) to provide classes in languages, citizenship, ICT, fitness and any other areas of learning identified by our community. This is something that is still in development.


Enrichment


Enrichment is a part of the extended school day. It gives pupils an opportunity to cover core subjects as well as art, sport, design technology and computing. Various strands will be offered to pupils covering academic activities, religious studies, sports, languages, art, music, dance and drama. We are proud to be partners with SkillForce to offer the Prince William Award (PWA), with YogaBugs to offer Yoga development to our smallest children, and to have access to our own Forest School area.


Further Information


Please download our leaflet on Wrap Around Care for more information.

Download Our Wrap Around Care Leaflet