Krishna Avanti Leicester

The I-Foundation has unveiled Evington Hall on Spencefield Lane in Evington as the site of Leicester’s first Hindu state school. The school will open next September and is currently accepting applications for its first sixty reception-aged pupils, until 15th January 2011.

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When it opens, the Krishna-Avanti Primary School, Leicester, will become the UK’s first cross-community Hindu school, providing a Hindu ethos but with half its places allocated purely on the distance that parents live from the school, regardless of their faith. Opening year by year, it will grow by 2018 to provide 420 places for children aged 4-11 years old.

The school – which is being modelled on the hugely successful Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Harrow (North London) – is expected to appeal to both Hindus and non-Hindus alike. The Harrow school – now in its third year – has five applicants for every one place, having won a number of awards and following its recent Ofsted report, which praised its “many outstanding features”.

Contracts were exchanged on the grade II listed building yesterday (23rd December) and the sale will be completed early in the New Year. Set in five acres of grounds – which will provide room for a large playground and extensive playing fields – Evington Hall was, until 2007, home to the Leicester Grammar Junior School.
A major refurbishment will be undertaken to provide state-of-the-art facilities throughout the school, including the latest IT and sports equipment, as well as a brand new vegetarian kitchen. The playground will receive a major overhaul, with the introduction of new climbing frames, outside toys and soft surfaces.

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Published onTuesday, December 28th, 2010

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