First Hindu Faith School Opening

September 15, 2008

Author: Robert Pigott

Source: BBC News

Pupils are due to start term at the UK's first state-funded Hindu school.

The Krishna-Avanti Voluntary Aided Primary School is in Edgware, north London, an area where almost a third of people are Hindu.

The school offers an education based on Hindu values and beliefs but lessons will follow the national curriculum.

The intake of 30 five-year-olds will be based in temporary accommodation in a neighbouring school while their five-acre, £11m site is completed.

Community leaders say they hope it will be the first of many such schools in the UK.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to practise meditation and yoga while school lunches will follow a strictly vegetarian diet. There will be lessons in the classical Sanskrit language.