“All crimes, all hatreds, all wars can be reduced to unhappiness” wrote A. S. Neill, founder of Summerhill School.
Today, all over the world, education is moving towards more and more testing, more examinations and more qualifications. It seems to be a modern trend that assessment and qualification define education.
If society were to treat any other group of people the way it treats its children, it would be considered a violation of human rights. But for most of the world’s children this is the normal expectation from parents, school and the society in which we live.
Today many educationalists and families are becoming uneasy with this restrictive environment. They are beginning to look for alternative answers to mainstream schooling.
One of these answers is democratic or ‘free’ schooling. There are many models of democratic schools in all corners of the globe, from Israel to Japan, from New Zealand and Thailand to the United States.
The oldest and most famous of these schools is Summerhill, on the east coast of England.
Sands School – The Alternative Face of Education
Treating People as Individuals
At Sands School, we value people as individuals. Students are free to be themselves, and to explore their own paths through education. Staff are able to teach their subjects to GCSE free of the strict guidelines of the National Curriculum.
There are no uniforms, no petty rules resulting in detentions, and everyone is on first name terms. All are equal.