UK`s second state-funded Hindu school soon

Britain would soon get its second state-funded Hindu school in the east Midlands town of Leicester, which has a large population of Indian origin, with the David Cameron government approving a proposal in this regard today.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 19:22 PM IST

London: Britain would soon get its second
state-funded Hindu school in the east Midlands town of
Leicester, which has a large population of Indian origin, with
the David Cameron government approving a proposal in this
regard today.

The first state-funded Hindu school in Britain,
Krishna Avanti Primary School, was set up in 2008 in the
London suburb of Harrow.

The I-Foundation, the educational charity
organisation behind Krishna Avanti Primary School, will also
set up the new school in Leicester.

The new school is to be launched in 2011. The proposal
for the Hindu school in Leicester was one of 16 approved today
by the Department for Education as in the running to open in
2011.

The I-Foundation`s Directors will now submit a
successful business plan to the department over the next month
to win final approval.

The Leicester school is to be located in Evington
and will provide 420 places for children aged 4-11 years old.

A suitable site has been identified and an offer
accepted for its purchase, which will allow the school to open
to its first 60 pupils in a year`s time.

The Leicester state primary school will draw heavily
for its ethos, curriculum, teaching and leadership on the
success of the school in Harrow.

An official inspection of the Harrow school praised
it for having "many outstanding features".

The pupils` attainment is "above average" and their
behaviour "first rate".

It also praises their spiritual, moral, social and
cultural development as "outstanding" concluding: "Their joy
in coming to school is very evident" and the school`s Hindu
traditions "support fully the ethos of a 21st century British
primary where academic excellence is as important as religious
aura."

Project Director for the Leicester school, Pradip
Gajjar, said: "There is huge demand for a state Hindu school
locally, one which offers both outstanding academic
opportunities, as well as providing a spiritual and moral
framework which reflects Hindu values".

"The I-Foundation already has a proven track record of
success and delivering on our promises, and we are expecting
to be able to replicate our previous successes here".

In keeping with the school`s commitment to openness
and inclusivity only half the places will be awarded on
faith-based criteria with the other half going to local
residents living near the school, regardless of religion or
background.

PTI