May all be happy, May all be without disease, May all creatures have wellbeing, And none be in misery of any sort, May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

The above is the Sanskrit prayer for humanity. By Y3 all the children are able to recite this prayer in Sanskrit and English. Although Sanskrit is a core part of our curriculum, St James is a multi-religious school. We draw on the wisdom of global traditions which we believe unites us all. We begin from the premise that all human beings have the same essence which is full of knowledge, vitality and happiness.

Since its foundation in 1975 St James Schools has taught Sanskrit as part of its curriculum; it is now considered a centre of excellence for teaching Sanskrit globally. Sanskrit is a classical language predating Latin and Greek and acts as a model, teaching children the fundamental principles of language.

Of all the classical languages, Sanskrit has the most complete and systematized grammar and is considered the underlying grammatical system of all Indo-European languages. The structure of the Sanskrit alphabet, which children are introduced to at the age of five, is scientifically ordered. The sounds of the alphabet are comprehensive in their range and considerably broaden the linguistic skills of the children at an early stage.

Studying Sanskrit from an early age broadens the mind; heightening the children’s awareness of a culture that is very often very far from their own. It is something that often is one of their fondest memories of St James.

Find out more about how teaching Sanskrit provides the children at St James with the tools to flourish. Read Kris Spencer’s article on page 60 of Independent School Parent Spring 21.

“I realise how much Sanskrit is helping my daughter memorise information and data. Only this morning she had her piano exam and she emphasised that learning Sanskrit helps her to perform in front of the judges and to remember notes. Many thanks for all your great teaching. It’s indeed a fascinating subject.” St James Parent


Sanskrit from St James Prep London on Vimeo.