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Derby's first Sikh school opens its doors

David Cameron has pledged to deliver two waves of new schools every year until 2020 Photo: DAN PELED/AAP/Press Association Images

Derby's first Sikh school will open its doors today to 120 pupils.

The Akaal Primary School, which will have classes for reception and year 1 pupils, is opening in a temporary site on Hartington Street, while a permanent location is found.

Akaal Primary will join 252 free schools which are already open across the country, with a further 52 set to open this month.

Derby City Council are helping to find a permanent site for the school Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

The schools will provide a values-based education and a greater choice of primary schools in Derby.

We are creating an outstanding school where all pupils will achieve highly.

– Dr Daljit Virk, Chairman of Akaal Academy

The Government has announced it will continue its programme of free schools, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying he will "not waiver" in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next five years,

The free schools programme has sent out the message loud and clear, that parents should never have to settle for anything less than the best for their child.

Right across the country, these innovative community-led schools are helping to fulfil our One Nation commitment to educational excellence for every child.

– Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary
Education secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Akaal Primary School has no specific catchment area and meets the need for more primary school places for areas including Normanton, Pear Tree, Heatherton and Chellaston.