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!”

Amanda Kearton – French

B.A.(Hons) French, University College London, P.G.C.E University of London

“My biggest dream is being able to share my love of languages with others. My second biggest dream is to ride on a camel across the Sahara Desert!”