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PRESS RELEASE: Nishkam High School Opens admissions for September 2012

Amongst the second wave of 55 new, state-funded schools to open from September 2012, only one faith-based School Trust in Birmingham received the Government’s approval to set up a Secondary School with a Sixth Form Centre. Nishkam High School is now welcoming applications for places at the school that will be located in the North West of the City. The Nishkam High School will complement the recently established and successful Nishkam Primary School in Handsworth.

Nishkam High School will be the first Sikh ethos, multi-faith school for 11 to 18 year-olds in the Midlands. Bhai Sahib Bhai (Dr) Mohinder Singh, Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha and Patron of the Nishkam School Trust said: “The Sikh dharam (faith) emphasises that the whole of humanity should be respected as one ‘family’. In the UK, we cherish the freedom for everyone to practise their faith and we thank the Government and Birmingham City Council for supporting our application to establish Nishkam High School near Handsworth – a thriving and culturally vibrant ward that stands to benefit from investment in education and economic regeneration.” He added “There is an urgent need for further investment in values-led primary and secondary education for all children across all communities.”

The Nishkam School Trust (NST) is now working towards making the school a reality. This includes undertaking a statutory consultation in the local area. Ranjit Singh Dhanda, a senior member of the NST team said. “Our children deserve the very best education. The proposal to open a Free School in North West of Birmingham is about creating new opportunities to raise standards and to provide new ways to help all children enjoy learning and achieve their best. The consultation is a chance for parents, residents, the wider community and other stakeholders to have their say on those plans”.

He added, “The views of people in the local community really matter so it is important that everyone completes the questionnaire by Monday 2nd April or attends an open public meeting on Thursday 22nd March 2012, at Nishkam Civic Association, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth from 6.30pm – 8.30pm to express thier views”.

For further information is available on the Nishkam School Website: www.nishkamschool.org or by email at:[email protected] or by phone on 0843 289 5432.