Fulham Chronicle June 2013

June 2013

Fulham Chronicle June 2013

A pioneering headteacher has created a unique curriculum for her nursery school pupils, with trips to art galleries and the opera and a focus on their spiritual development.

Sheema Parsons opened St Mark's Square Nursery School, in Regent's Park, in 1983, with her husband Bruce, after feeling restricted by the limited resources at state schools.

The headteacher was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to early years education.

For the past 30 years her pupils, aged two to six, have enjoyed a rich curriculum, including cultural trips to museums as well as yoga and meditation to help them learn and explore.

The school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, was one of the first nurseries to teach French, martial arts and the violin, and pupils also learn the Hindu Vedic Principles on how to interact with and treat other people.

Mrs Parsons, who lives in Camden, said: "I founded the school because I did my teaching practice in an excellent state school but it was clear that in state schools, where there is 30 children with one teacher, it was pretty hard to meet all the needs of the children.

"There is always a one to four ratio of teacher to pupils in our school. I like taking my pupils to art galleries, museums, the opera and doing all these wonderful things with them you clearly cannot do in a state school.

"They love to tiptoe in the Royal Academy and sit in front of a painting. It's quite lovely. I wanted to show what children are capable if they are given the right support, love and confidence. Children have so much insight."

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