Feedback From Alumni
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What they think about Maharishi Free School
Past students share their thoughts about the Maharishi School.
“After leaving school, I completed a BSc in Genetics and earned a PhD from the University of Manchester, before moving to the University of Cambridge for postdoctoral work. I now direct a small team as part of a larger University group developing new diagnostic technologies specifically for use in resource-poor settings across the world. As a Geneticist and Biochemist, I’ve been lucky enough to lead a great number of successful research endeavours and have published many scientific articles in high-impact international journals.I attended the Maharishi School in Lancashire for my entire school life and found the experience to be absolutely life-defining. It is a school unlike any other and provided me with the broad and open-minded education that enabled me to embark on a successful scientific career. More than this however, my time at the Maharishi School helped to frame my appreciation of life and showed me where to look for happiness – I wouldn’t change a day of it.”
‘I am a professional Jazz trumpet player/ composer and arranger. I have toured the world playing jazz music in places such as: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia, America, Russia, France and Italy. I have just released my 4th CD which has received significant acclaim from Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Mr Scruff, Radio 3′s Late Junction, MOJO, BBC Music Magazine and BBC 6 Music.I found the time I spent at the Maharishi School gave me confidence and belief in myself. The teachers were amazing and gave me so much support: within a year of arriving at the school my grades went from E’s to A*s, B’s and C’s. It was one of the best periods in my life so far!’
After graduating from the Maharishi School, I went on to study Computing at Imperial College London, before starting a career in the finance industry.
Recently I was appointed Vice-President of a mergers and acquisitions firm; it is an exciting industry, but it can also be quite intense and at times, involving very high pressure situations.
I find that having gone to the Maharishi School, and with my regular practise of TM I have been given a wonderful foundation for life. This is not just from an academic or career point of view – it has not only helped me perform better under pressure and think more clearly and creatively in my work environment, but has also helped me develop my friendships and family relationships in life. This foundation gives me perspective, and nourishes all of the aspects of my life that are important to me.
I try to give something back by being a Member of the School because I’m immensely grateful for my time there.
‘I attended the Maharishi School all my school life and since leaving have gone on to study Medicine at Nottingham University, where I’m now in my final year.
My course has provided lots of amazing and varied experiences such as delivering babies and working in A&E, and I’m currently looking forward to working in a hospital for 3 months in South Africa next year.
I have very happy memories of my school years, where the teachers were lots of fun and learning was always in a supportive and relaxed environment. I feel privileged to have had such a unique education which nurtured my self-confidence and has formed the basis of my future career.’
‘I have recently gained a 1st in Automotive Engineering (Masters with Distinction) at Loughborough University and enjoyed work experience in Loughborough Formula Student, DS Motorsports.
I have employment starting this year at Denso Sales UK, (part of the Toyota Group and global supplier of car engine management systems, hybrid vehicle components and car body electronics).’
‘After completing a BSc Psychology degree at Leeds University, I’ve gone on to become a primary school English teacher in Thailand.
I definitely look back and remember all the things I enjoyed at the Maharishi School, ie certain games, activities and the special teachers that now inspire my lessons.
I really appreciate all the opportunities we had, the importance of small class sizes and the lessons we wouldn’t have been able to study under most school curricula. Most importantly, it was nice to really know everyone in and involved with the school and to have a sense of community.’
While still at Maharishi School I was lucky enough to secure work placements at TVR and Lotus Engineering. I graduated from Imperial with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and while there became a keen climber. As Vice President of the Imperial College Mountaineering Club I raised money for several climbing expeditions around the world including the Alps, the Andes and later on the Himalayas summitting numerous mountain routes that had never been climbed before. I am currently a Patent Examiner at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and a Technical Advisor to the British Mountaineering Council.
The Maharishi School was an awesome experience. The teachers seemed more like friends than teachers, but they were also exceptional at teaching.
‘The thing I liked best about being at the Maharishi School was the intimacy and friendliness of the classes. It was an excellent environment to learn, and probably teach in.’
Ben gained 3 A-levels in Maths, Economics and Film Studies at Winstanley College and is currently working at Uretek Ltd as a technician.
‘At the moment I’m self employed, producing video for businesses. It’s hard work at times, but I love being creative and it’s great having the job that I actually studied for! There’s something new every day, and I like the challenge.
I also make clothing and organise fashion shows for charity in the North. It’s a just hobby, but it’s quite exciting and I’ve raised £1000s so far for a variety of charities around the world.
Maharishi School has definitely been beneficial to my life, as it’s where I discovered my passion for art, in all forms, eventually leading to my creative work today.
The school is also where I learnt how to make the best of everyone and every situation, I take that with me everywhere.’
‘I feel privileged to have been a pupil at the Maharishi School. Being there helped me to conquer my shyness and become the confident person I am today. As a pupil at the Maharishi School, you benefit from the small classes where the teachers give you so much support and inspiration in your learning.
I am currently working for a company that runs art workshops in primary schools. One day I hope to become as good a teacher as those who taught me at the Maharishi School.’