The Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire will also boast a high school offering daily meditation sessions, morning yoga and vegetarian lunches.Hebden Bridge school, a private secondary, promises to foster optimum receptivity to learning through yoga and meditation, democratic decision making, cross-subject learning and community service.
A qualified shiatsu therapist, yogi and meditation instructor, Sarna has spent the past seven years teaching Spanish and Italian at a school in Rutland but has long dreamed of running a truly progressive institution.
While there will be no petty rules at the school, lessons will be compulsory, unlike at Summerhill in Suffolk, the UK's most famous democratic school, where founder AS Neill let children choose whether they fancied turning up to class.
Yoga and meditation is non-negotiable and so is the idea of cross-subject learning, where pupils are encouraged to make connections between the theoretical and the practical, between one subject and another,said Sarna.He gives sugar as an example of a topic that can be studied across multiple disciplines, including science, history, and music. After a quick registration session, the school day will begin with a 55-minute session which includesyoga and meditation