An Independent School, for the Akaal Primary Trust through the ESFA Free School programme, has recently started on site. The construction will be complete in August 2018.




ESFA / Akaal Academy Trust Derby
Education - Primary

The scheme will provide a permanent home for the growing school, currently located on a temporary site and will accommodate 2 form-entry primary for 420 pupils.

The design maximises the topography of the site, by positioning the building on the existing plateau, with the playing fields located to the south, which will also provide space for expansion.

A two storey building to the centre of the site is the most logical, affordable and appropriate solution, and ensures the playing field are maximised and groundworks minimised.


Offsetting the linear forms of the sports hall and rows of classrooms allows the distinction of elements to be clear, and creates a building with architectural interest.








The Akaal Academy Trust Derby, is a community group, predominantly of Sikh faith, with strong representation from education professionals and those with academy and free school experience.

The scheme has required a good understanding of the end-users needs both on completion and during the construction phase.


The designs have been based on, and comply with, the ESFA requirements, but have been adapted to also meet the needs of the Trust and their teaching ethos.