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,


Petrina Voutsinou

Im at a univercity to become a teacher and i always cared about what is the best way to educate kids. I learned about Summerhill and i couldnt believe that it was real. After some research and a movie, i can say that i couldnt be more surprised! Now, i definitely want to learn more about this idea and why not, to visit Summerhill myself. It really seems magical to me because i have never seen anything like that. It is also magical that when you let the kids free to express themselves and to create their own rules, everyone feels included.

Marthese Morris

I am reading the book neil neil orange peel and enjoying every part of it. I think there is a gap between education and schooling.....and in my opinion as a primary school teacher for over 20 years we are disconnected and forgot what child hood is all about. I am aware of the philosophy at summerhill and in my opinion that gap we see in our schools is non existant in yours.

Marco Hoppe

I used to be a summerhill teacher from 1999 till 2000. It was a great experience which strongly inspired my work as a teacher back in Germany.

Jake Russell


I was a Summerhill kid from 2001 to 2005. I had a hard time in French schools, having difficulties following society's rhythm. In Summerhill I could live with my own rhythm and that is what I loved about that school.

Mariola Łazowy

Hi, I'm an English teacher in Polish state school. I heard about you about 5 years ago and recently I have been reading Neill's book and I'm seeing clearer and clearer how much I have to/ want to change my attitude towards my students, learning-teaching process and my work.Priceless. Invaluable. Thank you:) Best wishes:) Mariola Łazowy

Annies Ephraim

I am a facilitator at BeMe, a democratic learning space in Bangalore.