Overview

When will the school open?
The school has now opened its doors to pupils for the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

Where will the school be located?
The permanent site will be a brand new building where Victoria House currently stands (CR0 4HA), this will be a £5 million project which will be a flagship, state of the art Croydon school.  Developments on this project will be posted in "Latest News" which can be found on our homepage.

The temporary accommodation for Krishna Avanti from September 2016 will be the Minster Infant School (http://www.minsterinfants.co.uk/), which is very close to Victoria House. It is ideal from a location and facilities viewpoint as it is very close by and has all the school requirements we’d hope for in terms of play space, security, main hall etc… Our pupils have been given 2 classrooms within the school for our use and we will be showing parents who apply and are given a place around. I am sure that the temporary accommodation being in a good existing school will provide much assurance to those of you applying.

Who is behind the school?
The Avanti Schools Trust, a multi-academy Trust with 4 current successful schools. You can find out more at www.avanti.org.uk. 

Why a new Hindu school in Croydon? What is unique about Avanti schools?
Having seen existing Avanti schools, the local residents of Croydon have campaigned and demonstrated support for a number of years to open a similar school in the area to benefit local children and the wider community. In one survey of 4000 residents (less than 11% of whom were Hindu) support for such a school was over 93%. Avanti Schools are the only providers of holistic, state-funded Hindu schools in the UK, you can learn more about our unique approach to education here. 

What does the name ‘Krishna Avanti mean?
The name 'Krishna-Avanti' carries special significance to the Hindu community. Literally, the name means 'Krishna's Avanti'. Krishna is a name for God meaning 'All Attractive'. Whilst Hindus believe in only one God, they also believe that God can take different forms and incarnations. During His presence on this planet, Krishna also went to school – in a place called Avanti. Hence with the name 'Krishna-Avanti', we hope to inspire a simultaneous attachment to both God and education, as taught by Krishna Himself. 

How many pupils will the school hold?
For 2016/17 the school has an admission number of 30 for entry in reception year. In subsequent academic years the admissions number will be 60. At full capacity there will be 420 pupils. Please see build-up of the school below.

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Reception 30
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
Year 1
  30
60
60 60
60 60
60
Year 2
    30
60 60 60 60 60
Year 3
      30
60
60
60
60
Year 4
        30
60 60 60
Year 5           30
60 60
Year 6             30
60
TOTAL 30 90 150 210 270 330 390 420

 


School life

What are the school lunch arrangements?
Our schools require that all pupils eat the freshly cooked, healthy school lunches (other than those with medical conditions which cannot be catered for). The schools do not allow packed lunches. We provide hot, varied, nutritionally balanced vegetarian food through our catering subsidiary Govindas Ltd. 

What is the uniform policy?
You can learn more about our uniform policy here. 

What time will the school open and close?
We start and finish earlier than most schools (8am – 2.25pm) for a number of reasons including avoiding local congestion.

 


Education  

Will the school teach the national curriculum?
Yes. In addition to this, the school will teach yoga, Sanskrit and the Philosophy, Religion and Ethics curriculum (more information available here). 

Can children opt-out of religious education?
Yes, Krishna Avanti will operate a withdrawal policy. (more information available here).

Who is the headteacher?
Paul O'Sullivan is our Principal. Paul has many years of experience in Education in different parts of the world as a Teacher, Principal and Educational Consultant.


Faith

Will you only teach Hinduism?
The development of spiritual insight is at the heart of the curriculum and draws on the teachings of Krishna Chaitanya, which embrace a universal, inclusive approach to spirituality, aimed at rekindling a personal, loving and spontaneous relationship with the divine (Krishna). The curriculum offers opportunities to explore and compare the philosophies and traditions of different faiths. 

Is the school a faith school? Who is the religious authority?
Yes, Krishna Avanti is a Hindu faith-designated school whose religious authority is iFoundation. 

Will all the staff be Hindu?
No, our schools do not recruit staff on the basis of faith. We hold open recruitment to find the best individuals from any faith and none.

 


Admissions

Is the school only open to Hindu pupils?
No, Krishna Avanti will not operate any faith criteria in its admissions. The admissions policy can be found here. 

Who can apply and how? Do I need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF)?
All children that will be starting Reception year in 2017 (born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013) can apply via Croydon Council from September 2016. No SIF is required. 

Can children who have already started school move to Krishna Avanti?
Unfortunately, pupils already in primary education will be too old as the school will only open one year at a time. Please see build-up of the school below.

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Reception 30
60
60
60
60
60
60

60

Year 1
  30
60
60 60
60 60
60
Year 2
    30
60 60 60 60 60
Year 3
      30
60
60
60
60
Year 4
        30
60 60 60
Year 5           30
60 60
Year 6             30
60
TOTAL 30 90 150 210 270 330 390 420

 

Is the school free to attend?
Yes, Krishna Avanti is a state-funded school and therefore there are no fees to pay.


Other

Will you be holding open days? Can I be kept informed of latest news and developments?
Yes, information will be on our Facebook 'liking' our page at www.facebook.com/avantischoolstrust and signing up to our keep in touch page – www.avanti.org.uk/kapscroydon/connect.