Sunday Basics: Maturity

Getting older is not the same as gaining maturity: we have all known teachers who are less mature than their students, for example. Age divisions in schools are an attempt to impose a system on a natural process. In schools with year groups this system is a mechanical one, as though the children were machine…

Sunday Basics: Age Divisions

Age Divisions Summerhill is a boarding school.  There are two different types of age division in the school: one is academic; the other is related to the boarding accommodation.  In this post I want to describe these divisions and discuss whether they have any validity outside Summerhill. There are four academic divisions: Class 1, Class…

Saturday Summerhill Take Away: Beddies Officers

Beddies Officers Summerhill is a boarding school. In this series of Summerhill Basics articles I have been describing how committees work at the school and today I am going to describe what Beddies Officers do. Beddies Officers are members of a committee. I am not going to describe how the book goes around for Beddies…