Clare Eddison – Head Teacher
MA/BA Hons Natural Sciences (Cantab) and PGCE Sussex
Clare joins the Dharma Primary School in September 2015 as our new Head. She is a teacher with many years of experience and also a practising Buddhist and a long-term student of meditation. Find out more.
“My decision to apply for the headship came from a deep wish to integrate my love of learning with my Buddhist practice. I have a passion for creative education, one that incorporates the whole child, and with my previous experience I bring an instinctive approach to excellence in the craft of teaching. I hope to share this and to learn more too. I am excited to be joining and look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.”
Alison Mayo – Early Years Coordinator & Nursery Teacher
B.A. (Hons) English/ Cultural and Community Studies, P.G.C.E University of Sussex
“The Dharma Primary School has been an important part of my life since it began in 1994. I supported the Head Teacher one day per week during the first year of the school and have taught part-time ever since. The school has offered me the freedom to teach in the way I truly believe in, with time to nurture every child and relate to them as unique individuals. Its exhausting, but I love it!”
Becky Peterson – Nursery/Reception
B.A. (Hons) Theatre Design, Nursery/Reception T.E.O.S.L., Certificate P.G.C.E. Art and design
“I love teaching at the Dharma Primary School, as it allows me to be creative and teach with a holistic approach. I also believe it is a real privilege to work with small classes, as I can develop strong relationships with the children. I also have two gorgeous young boys, who keep me very busy.”
Eve Rowlands – Nursery/Reception
B.A. (Hons) Primary Education with Physical Education, Nursery/Reception University of Manchester
“I love working with young children, being creative and messy, as well as beginning to teach the foundations of early learning. Outside of school, I like spend time with my family – cycling, swimming and going camping.”
Caroline Woods – Years 1/2
B.A. (Hons) History and Philosophy of Education, P.G.C.E. Primary Education
“I have been at the Dharma Primary School for over 10 years and I still love coming to work! Having worked in a variety of educational settings I know the atmosphere here to be very special, for staff and children alike.”
Lynne Baldwin – Years 1/2
B.A (Hons) Fine Arts & Inter Arts, Years 1/2 P.G.C.E, University of Brighton
“Before becoming a teacher I worked as an artist, but nothing compares with the pleasure of seeing children becoming creative, thinking individuals. I know the children very well and they know me, and this relationship is important to me. They are great, funny, confident and happy and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Fuschia – Years 3/4
B.A (Hons) University of Brighton, Primary P.G.C.E (with distinction) from Bangor University
Fuschia will join the school in September 2015, having taught Years 3 and 4 at a British Primary School in Madrid (a Montessori school that followed the National Curriculum). She has 12 years’ experience teaching in primary schools and is keen to develop opportunities for Spanish language, Latin dance and Forest School.
Renisha Smythe – SEN Teacher and NQT Years 3/4
B.A (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies, Open University, P.G.C.E Institute of Education, UCL (specialising in phonics, ICT and English)
Renisha joins is in September 2015, having spent four years as a Learning Support Assistant at Swiss Cottage School in London prior to training as a SEN Graduate Teacher, then relocating to Brighton. A Special Educational Needs school, Swiss Cottage has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted five times in a row, and is renowned as a development and research centre. Renisha has experience working with children with moderate and severe learning difficulties as well as autistic spectrum conditions.
Gina Mitchell – Years 5/6
B.A (Hons) University of Exeter, P.G.C.E, University of Brighton
Gina will join the school in September 2015 from Willingdon Community School, where she was Head of Department, Ethics and Philosophy, and recognised as an outstanding teacher. In addition to teaching years 7-11, she has experience in the transition process working with Year 6 and 7. Gina has had additional training in written and oral literacy, SEN and Autism. She undertook her primary placement at the Dharma Primary School back in 2005, as part of her P.G.C.E.