This Independent School has been completed for the Akaal Primary Trust through the ESFA Free School programme.




ESFA / Akaal Academy Trust Derby

The scheme provides a permanent home for the growing school, which was located on a temporary site, and accommodates 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 also provides 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 complied with, the ESFA requirements, but have also been adapted to meet the needs of the Trust and their teaching ethos.