Public Benefit

Maharishi School

Public Benefit

knowledge is structured in consciousness


Public Benefit

One of Maharishi Free School’s guiding principles is “The world is my family”.

We recognise the unity of every individual with every aspect of the world, not only other people, but the whole environment.  A practical expression of this is the fundraising of various types our pupils undertake for those in need, both at home and around the world. Although the lockdown interrupted normal fundraising activities, in the last year this has included BBC Children in Need, Save the Children, and a local foodbank.  Maharishi School also, where possible, makes its facilities available to individuals and groups in the local community.

During the Covid pandemic, school staff and parents/carers have contributed to helping local families struggling to buy food, and has advertised local companies, some connected to the school, who are also offering help with meals.

The school is also licenced to operate the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and often has the highest proportion of involved pupils in the region.  The award has since been further developed within the school with sufficient time and resource allowed for pupils to work towards both Bronze and Silver awards. The Duke of Edinburgh award includes the requirement of participants to undertake a volunteering activity. 

The trustees have complied with their duty to have due regard to the Charity Commission guidance on public benefit by seeking to promote, sustain and increase individual and collective knowledge and understanding of specific areas of study, skills and expertise.  In support of this Maharishi School provides its highly beneficial system of Consciousness-based Education to as many children as possible within the physical constraints of the current buildings.  Despite this the school is often unable to satisfy demand for places, both locally and beyond.  The school also actively supports parents in learning the practical element of Consciousness-based Education, The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.