Welcome to Khalsa Academy Sandwell

My name is Denise Shepherd and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Executive Headteacher of The Khalsa Academy Sandwell (TKAS), a brand-new all through school proposed to open in 2021/2022 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).

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, Khalsa Academy in Wolverhampton and the Atam Academy in East London. It is an honour to be now involved in opening a brand-new school for the Sandwell community.

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

TKAS 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 will be working closely with the Department of Education.

We have a strong local team of local Governors led by Zadvinder Singh Padda together with Jatinder Singh and Humraaj Singh Shergill.

The Khalsa Academies Trust has an excellent track record, all our schools are good or outstanding 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 all through school for families in Sandwell.

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