Subjects and Classrooms

The non-compulsory learning at Summerhill means children have the complete freedom to partake in learning if and when they are ready. This has often lead to the image that children don’t learn at Summerhill. This is a myth as the non-compulsion means children naturally gain a positive relationship to learning. When a child enters a lesson, they bring with them; interest, motivation and enthusiasm. This in turn means they learn much faster and more deeply because their focus has come purely from them. This also means it happens when they are ready and so fits in perfectly to their own personal development and bespoke education.

Class 1

Class 1 is a space for kids from 5 to 9 years old. It’s an environment where they can learn, […]

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Class 2 is a fully equipped multifunctional space which allows children to explore a large scope of subjects and activities. […]

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Class 2

Class 2 is a fully equipped multifunctional space which allows children to explore a large scope of subjects and activities. […]

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Class 3

Currently all students have an entitlement of a double lesson per week for 3 terms. Class 3 is a learning […]

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Atelier Summerhill (the art room at Summerhill) is a creative hub of activity.  It’s like a laboratory, a place of […]

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Art

Atelier Summerhill (the art room at Summerhill) is a creative hub of activity.  It’s like a laboratory, a place of […]

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Astronomy

We offer an “Introduction to Astronomy” course for students in Class 1 and Class 2. While the younger groups are […]

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The sessions are planned to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills of penmanship; how to hold […]

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Calligraphy

The sessions are planned to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills of penmanship; how to hold […]

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Drama

Neill was himself a theatre lover and wrote some plays for the Summerhill theatre. He also wrote about theatre in […]

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The IT department, is focused on all aspects of technology; Electronics, Mechanics, Engineering and Design. The whole process is gone […]

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Engineering, Mechanics and Information Technology

The IT department, is focused on all aspects of technology; Electronics, Mechanics, Engineering and Design. The whole process is gone […]

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

EAL at Summerhill is offered for non-native students of all ages and levels of learning. The lingua franca is English, […]

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Lessons in the English classroom cater to the needs of any student who has moved beyond Class 2. Learning groups […]

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English Language and Literature

Lessons in the English classroom cater to the needs of any student who has moved beyond Class 2. Learning groups […]

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History

History Studies are accessed in the History Room and are open to students from Class 3 onwards. The timetable allows […]

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The maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum to the end of KS 4. The examination syllabus is Edexcel.  There are […]

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Maths

The maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum to the end of KS 4. The examination syllabus is Edexcel.  There are […]

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Modern Foreign Languages

Summerhill being an international community means we get children from all around the world so there is a natural interest […]

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The Summerhill music department is the largest department in the school! Lessons are offered in guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboard, […]

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Music

The Summerhill music department is the largest department in the school! Lessons are offered in guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboard, […]

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Psychology

The Psychology GCSE is available to kids aged thirteen and up. It is taught over two years with small classes […]

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Sex and Relationships Education at Summerhill comes in the form of termly ‘chats’ with all kids from each boarding area. […]

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Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Sex and Relationships Education at Summerhill comes in the form of termly ‘chats’ with all kids from each boarding area. […]

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Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Class 1 have two weekly slots and all lessons are practical in nature to allow students to develop a passion […]

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For most students, the Woodwork is actually one of the first ‘lesson/classroom spaces’ they encounter when they first come to […]

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Woodwork and Metalwork

For most students, the Woodwork is actually one of the first ‘lesson/classroom spaces’ they encounter when they first come to […]

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