Welcome To Leicester Academy

My name is Denise Shepherd and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Executive Headteacher of The Khalsa Academy Leicester (TKAL), a brand-new secondary school proposed to open in 2020/2021 and  part of the Khalsa Academies Trust. I am also the Director of Education for the Trust and a National Leader of Education and former CEO of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT).

TSAT has eleven schools and a teaching school Alliance and was the highest performing MAT in 2017. Previously I was the Principal of Rochester Grammar School in Kent since 2003 and is an Outstanding school. More recently I have led the incredibly successful Khalsa Secondary Academy (KSA) in Slough and Khalsa Academy in Wolverhampton. It is an honour to be now involved in opening a brand-new school for the Leicester community.

If our bid is successful, then we hope to open the school by 2020/21 or sooner to welcome our first Year 7 & 8 cohort who will have the chance to be the leaders of our academy.

TKAL is an inclusive academy. We utilise our Sikh values and ethos to provide everyone with a strong moral foundation. At our other schools, I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact this has had on every student, whether a practising Sikh or not; they develop a strong sense of community and collective behaviour is better than any other school I have witnessed.

On top of all of this, we will have a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art school to provide students with an inspiring and unique learning environment..

We have already identified a site and have a heads of terms subject to the negotiations with the Department of Education.

We have a strong local team of local Governors led by Mrs Sharan Kaur, a parent at the Falcons Primary School and part of the Leicester Sikh School Steering Group (LSSSG). The LSSSG consists of experienced teaching practitioners who have had extensive training from the New School Network (NSN).

We have been successfully approved on the NSN programme which reflects the strength of our bid. The NSN works with strong groups seeking to submit new free school applications.

The Khalsa Academies Trust has an excellent track record, all our schools are good rated by Ofsted and our flagship secondary school in Stoke Poges, Khalsa Secondary Academy achieved one of the best Progress 8 scores at GCSE in the country in 2017 with a rank of 26th nationally. Together we will build on this success by delivering an outstanding new secondary school for families in Leicester City

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP commented:

“I support your application as the children will be passing through a very important phase of their education and need the very best possible support. Your track record has shown that the Khalsa Trust Schools are performing very well and feel that your efforts will make a great contribution to our children in Leicester”

Please support us for this exciting new school by registering your interest as a prospective parent or a supporter for this project by clicking on the following link. 

Thank you. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh