Secondary teachers at a planned Sikh school in South Buckinghamshire would help to relieve demand for school places in that part of the south-east, it has been claimed.
Consultation began on the Slough Sikh Trust's proposals for the Khalsa Secondary School in Stoke Poges earlier this month, with the trust now awaiting permission from the Department for Education before it makes a planning application.
Its chairman, Nick Kandola, has told the Buckinghamshire Advertiser that an estimated four new schools were needed in the area to provide sufficient places for the growing number of pupils and that the Khalsa school would therefore help to meet this demand.
He added that while the trust had built a Sikh primary school in Slough, there was nowhere for the community's children to go onto afterwards where their religion would form part of the curriculum.
The free school will adhere to the national curriculum, but will also run extra classes in Punjabi, Sikh studies and Gurbani Sikh scriptures, as well as in archery and horse riding, thereby creating teaching jobs in these particular fields of expertise.
Posted by Theo Foulds