As many as 100 parents braved gale-force winds on a Sunday to find out more about the new primary school opening on their doorstep. It was a testament to the appeal of the new school – the first state-sponsored Hindu school to be proposed under Education Secretary Michael Gove's flagship "free" school policy. The school only has places for 60 pupils a year and will open its reception class for the first time this September.
The school, the Krishna Avanti primary school in Leicester, is modelled on an existing Hindu school already opened in Harrow, north-west London. It, like other faith school proposals for "free" schools, has its opponents, those that think the plethora of religious schools being opened under the Gove initiative will destroy community cohesion and increase segregation on racial and religious grounds among pupils.
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