Khalsa Secondary Academy was founded by two professionals, Mr Kandola and Mr Kaley. They had a clear vision; to create a school with academic rigour, coupled with the interwoven, rich tapestry of the Sikh ethos running through what students would be learning both at during their time at the school and beyond.
Parents within the Sikh community wanted a secondary faith school for their children once they finished at Khalsa Primary School, one of our current, biggest feeder schools in the locality.
Free schools were introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition following the 2010 general election as part of the Big Society initiative to make it possible for parents, teachers, charities and businesses to set up their own schools. As a result of parental concerns about where their child would go at secondary level and for the benefit of the pupils in receiving an “All through School education”; some of the core trustees at the time decided to focus on this ambitious project. The Chair of Governors at the Khalsa Primary School stood down in order to concentrate on realising this secondary project of creating a Khalsa Secondary Academy.
In 2010, the trustees of the secondary academy consulted with the DFE and requested that they help search for potential sites for the school. The old Arbourvale site was a natural choice however the leaders of the council at the time refused to give this site up or sell it to the Trust.
A free school bid was submitted to the DFE in 2010. However, it was rejected.
A subsequent bid was submitted in 2011 and this bid was approved.
A robust search of potential sites was carried out again and Slough Borough Council were again refusing to give us the Arbourvale site. Eventually the Pioneer House site on Hollybush Hill in Stoke Poges was considered the best and only option for the school.
The site was purchased by the DFE and a planning application made to change its use from office to an educational facility.
After a lengthy three year campaign, the High Court approved the planning application in July 2015.
A multi-million pound refurbishment project is now underway to upgrade the school building so that students can enjoy the state of the art facilities.
We are grateful to the Almighty for his blessings.
The Founders, Mr Kandola and Mr Kaley