Slough's Khalsa Primary School has been given the go-ahead to convert to academy status - increasing its chances of successfully taking over another Sikh school in nearby Stoke Poges.

The Slough school in Wexham Road has Government support for its plans to take charge at Khalsa Secondary Academy in Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, after the trust running it was given notice to quit by schools minister Elizabeth Berridge last summer.

This followed an Ofsted inspection that rated the school 'inadequate'.

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But the existing trust at the Stoke Poges school started legal proceedings arguing for its right to remain in control and this is delaying any transfer of power to its Slough neighbour.

The issue has been further confused by other interested parties throwing their hat into the ring, showing an interest in taking charge at Stoke Poges.

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But the Government's support means that the Slough Khalsa School remains the favourite to take over if the existing trust's legal proceedings fail.

The Slough school was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted and has won awards for Primary School teacher of the year and headteacher of the year.

It has also benefited from a stream of new facilities including a new library, a state-of-the art food technology room, outdoor gym and a new IT suite.

It will now formally become the Sikh Academies Trust (SAT) from February 1.

Opinions are mixed at the Stoke Poges school about the planned change of leadership - with two opposing parents' groups taking an opposite viewpoint.

This week chairman of governors at Khalsa Primary School Jujar Singh said: "We are very pleased to have been given given permission by the Government to convert to academy status."

But he acknowledged that plans to take over at Stoke Poges could not happen until the legal challenge had been decided in court.