Teachers

Phil Ferguson – Deputy Head/SENCO

Qualified teacher status awarded by Dfes. M.A. Linguistics, M.A. Children’s Literature, B.A. (Hons) French and Russian.

“As a teacher I’ve always done my best to help children experience the intense pleasures of reading. Not surprisingly, I love children’s books (and also cats and horses).”

Susannah Robson – Years 5/6

B.A. (Hons) US Studies, P.G.C.E.Primary 5-11 London Metropolitan University

“I am passionate about working with children and helping them fulfil their true potential.  It is great to work in a school that not only values conventional academic achievement, but combines this with Buddhist principles – a truly holistic education.  I combine my love of teaching with an interest in Counselling, Healing and Yoga.”

Gillian Davies - Years 3/4

B.A. (Hons) History,  P.G.C.E. University of Brighton

“I have two children and came to Brighton from Wales via London. I am a lifelong rugby fan and played for 13 years. I sing in a local choir and since joining The Dharma School I have discovered a love of teaching science.”

Ross Young – Years 3/4

B.A. (Hons) Primary Education 5-11 University of Brighton

“I have been in many schools but The Dharma School is special. I love watching and facilitating children’s quest to explore and make their world bigger, whatever the subject might be! Having them problem-solve, enquire, question, revise, twist, turn, squash, stretch, play, change, create and sometimes even destroying and starting again!………Sometimes we even stop to take a breath.

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 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

“Previously 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.”

Alison Mayo – Early Years Coordinator & Nursery Teacher

B.A. (Hons) English/ Cultural and Community Studies, P.G.C.E University of Sussex

“The Dharma 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. At The Dharma School I have had 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 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.”

Karina Knowles – Music

B.Sc Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, P.G.C.E University of Sussex

“I love singing! I sing all the time. I sing with Brighton Glee and run a Glee Kids club and Youth Choir because I want to pass on the joy of singing. I enjoy working at The Dharma School where the kids are full of energy and life!”

Gabrielle Ellin – French