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Stoke Poges Sikh school campaigners feature on BBC's Newsnight
THE ANGER of villagers over a new Sikh School in Stoke Poges was aired nationally last night when campaigners featured on BBC Two’s Newsnight.
The report highlighted the long-standing opposition of residents to the Khalsa Secondary Academy, which campaigners say is neither needed nor wanted in the village.
BBC cameras arrived in Stoke Poges on the day Education Minister Lord Nash was supposed to meet with villagers to discuss their concerns, but the meeting was cancelled at late notice.
The Free School has been given the go-ahead to open for one year from September after the government withdrew the council planning application the day before the hearing.
The Department for Education has instead relied on new legislation to allow the school to open on a temporary basis at the former Pioneer House building on Hollybush Hill while a permanent site is found.
Campaigners maintain they do not want any secondary school in the village, with a 5000-signature petition delivered to Downing Street in June.