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Dharma Primary School
The White House, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8TB
3 years to 11 years
A foundation for all-round excellence, designed with mindfulness at its heart
The Dharma Primary School, in Brighton, is a non-selective independent school and welcomes children aged 3-11 years from all backgrounds, faiths and abilities. Our philosophy is rooted in Buddhist principles and for 20 years we have successfully integrated a holistic ethos with a sound academic education. Through the practice of mindfulness, the school aims to cultivate wisdom, reflection and compassion in children and to help them unlock their full potential.
“Pupils are emotionally literate, compassionate and able to resolve conflict. Relationships are strong and pupils are well supported in a nurturing environment… All pupils are confident and articulate.” – ISI Report 2015
We stumbled across this school when we didn't get our choice of city centre primaries and we're so glad we did. It's in a lovely location on the outskirts of Brighton - when you walk through the gates it just has a great feel about it. Our two summer born boys now attend the school and couldn't be happier. The small classes and mindful approach mean they get a lot of personal attention and are treated with enormous respect. The vast majority of families (including us) aren't practicing buddhists but everyone values the ethos and the positive effect it has on the kids. Although the school loosely follows National Curriculum and is strong academically, the teachers seem to have a lot of freedom to be creative with it and the children aren't tested until the final years. For a family with summer born children we feel it has given them the freedom to grow at their own pace, never feeling pressured and able to enjoy the delights of childhood whilst developing a real love of learning. The community is great too.
We have 2 children at the Dharma Primary School and have been here for nearly 5 years. They are both very happy and we feel that they are benefiting hugely from the learning environment at the school. Each child is treated with enormous respect, listened to and their contributions are valued in a Buddhist- inspired thoughtful way. There is so much learning through 'topic work' and creativity, art, and drama both inside and outside (in the Forest School that year 1 and above take part in). The academic standards are high and I think are achieved due to exactly the above ethos where the children are inspired to be curious. We are sure that our children will leave at the end of year 6, better able to cope with whatever secondary school and beyond throws at them.
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