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UK teachers want their children to attend Maharishi Free School
by Global Good News staff writer

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22 February 2012

Based on the success of the first Maharishi Free School in the UK, which opened last fall in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, England, applications have been submitted to establish two new Maharishi Free Schools—one in the Richmond borough of London, and one in Rendlesham, Suffolk.

The applications were submitted at the end of February for schools to open in September 2013. One of the criteria for the applications was to demonstrate parental support.

Within three months of announcing the initiative in Richmond, where the concept of a Maharishi School was completely new to everyone, there have been 767 confirmed applications for places at the school, where the parents indicated that this is their first choice of school for their child. The proposed school would open in 2013 with five classes of 24 pupils, and would expand to 800 pupils age 4-18 within five years.

Both of the proposed new Maharishi Free Schools are already over-subscribed. At the existing Maharishi Free School in Lancashire, two places unexpectedly became available recently—precipitating a flood of 58 applications received from area parents who were eager to enrol their children.

In addition, one newspaper article points out that for the Rendlesham Maharishi Free School, a quarter of the applications for pupil places are from parents who are teachers at other schools, who seem to be the first to appreciate the value of Maharishi School for their children.

Comments from these parents, which have been submitted with the applications, show a deep understanding and appreciation for what Maharishi Free Schools offer, and the need for such schools in the educational system.

An example from one teacher:
'I am a teacher myself and was very impressed by the presentations I have seen about the new free Maharishi School in Suffolk, and the Maharishi School that is currently operating in the North of the country (the original Maharishi School in Lancashire).

'Too often in schools, children are hurried and bustled along from one lesson to another, from one target to the next, and don't have the opportunity of concentrating, being mindful and creative and individual and produce work of depth and quality. I feel that the Maharishi School in Suffolk will offer Billy a place to be fully himself, feel comfortable and fulfil his true potential. What a lucky boy!'

See related articles:
UK: Survey shows high parental satisfaction with first Maharishi Free School
UK: Proposed Maharishi Free Schools far exceed student registration requirements

Global Good News will report more on the proposed new Maharishi Free Schools in the UK, including strong support that has been demonstrated among prospective parents.

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