to our interactive
centenary website

Celebrating 100 years of Summerhill School and the inspirations A.S.Neill has given the world. Join our wider community, share your own story and create a project or two. Also please enjoy new, never seen before insights into our school.

1921-20021 Celebrating a centenary A.S.Neill's Summerhill School

Have a look around.

Welcome from
Zoë Neill Readhead

Welcome to our new centenary website which is commemorating one hundred years of A.S.Neill’s amazing school.  Founded in Dresden, Germany in 1921 Summerhill has survived against all the odds, having been pilloried by the press, misrepresented by the media and harried by Her Majesty’s School Inspectors throughout its history. Add to that the constant battle with financing and it is amazing that it is still here, not only surviving, but thriving!

Never in his wildest dreams could Neill, Neill Orange Peel have imagined that Summerhill would reach such a ripe old age – or that it would be as influential as it has been throughout the world. 

Almost weekly I receive emails saying, not that people have read my father’s books and enjoyed them – but that they have read my father’s books and IT CHANGED THEIR LIVES!

Summerhill’s hundred years give all of us a chance to celebrate the philosophy that Neill created and also to perhaps try to spread the word and find ways of sharing what we have been doing here with more people and schools worldwide.

This website has been created to celebrate interactively with all of you.  We encourage you to get involved and to tell us just what A.S.Neill, his books and his ideas have done for you or how they have affected you in your own life or that of your school.

Please make sure that you go and check out the pages about our proposed A.S.Neill Archive and Research Centre. This is a very exciting project that will enable serious research into educating the ‘whole’ child, the importance of childhood in its natural sense, and how a ‘Neillian’ education can prepare young people better for the world they live in. So, a truly sustainable education for a newly sustainable world.

It will also provide a professional standard archive to ensure that Summerhill and everything that makes it so special will be preserved for the next hundred years!

We will need some help with the financing of this building, so anything you can think of or feel you may be able to do to help with this would be amazing.

Enjoy the site, don’t forget to raise us a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve as the clock strikes midnight into 2021 and we hope to see many of you at some of our events.

Best wishes to all,


Lijia Jin

Summerhill school is an excelent school with 100 history. It has advenaced educational ideas and teaching methods. So as a teacher , i have a strong dedire to be a member of the big family.

Stephen Pitts

Ive worked with children and adults of all types in classrooms and outdoor environments. The words and work of A.S. Neil and those inspired by him have served as anything from an inspiration future projects to a pick me up when looking at long term plans.



I attended Summerhill School from 2002 go 2012. This is where I discovered my love of learning, love for life, and my passion for making the world a little better in any way possible. This is why I studied popular music in college and university, started writing, performing, and recording music in my band Raz then entered the education sector as a music teacher with a Post-16 PGCE but working in public secondary schools, bringing a piece of Summerhill spirit with me wherever I went through being open-minded, respectful of everyone, and promoting the love of music. I continue to draw and write in my spare time and upload music and lifestyle videos to my YouTube channel.

Peter Foti


I have read most of the books of Neill, was very much influenced by him. Later on I think he was a romantic, in some ways irresponsible. Still like the idea of limited self government, the joint meetings where pupils and staff has equal rights.

Warabe Tatekoji


A Summerhill parent & ex-Summerhillian. Just love everything Summerhill!

Zoe Readhead


I am Neill's daughter. I was born at Summerhill and have remained passionately involved throughout my life. I live and breath this philosophy of child-rearing, having seen it work it’s magic on children over and over again. I owe such a huge debt to my amazing father...