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…

Thursday Thoughts: Ombudsmen or Prefects

Ombudsman or Prefect. “An ombudsman? So that’s a bit like a prefect then, isn’t it?” says John who has been to a posh public school. “Sure, they are elected at Summerhill but it’s basically the same idea. You take the older and more responsible kids and give them some authority so that they can do…

Money for the House

What a little money can do…

What a little money can do… We set up Summerhill Democratics to help schools that want to follow the model of democratic education embodied in A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School. Our work consists in helping schools give children real freedoms, stepping back as teachers and adults and allowing children to grow into adulthood without being measured,…