The future is secured

2000

A tribunal dismissed the Government’s case and supported Summerhill’s case.

2000
1999

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The Famous Court Case. The Government sought to close Summerhill.

1999
1997

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Ena Neill died

1997
1985

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Zoë took over the responsibilities as Principal of Summerhill.

1985
22 September 1973

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Autobiography ‘Neill, Neill, Orange Peel’ published

Died at Aldeburgh Hospital

Ena Neill had taken over the responsibilities of running the school during Neill’s illness.

22 September 1973
1967

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Neill writes the commentary ‘Talking of Summerhill’.

1967
1966

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Neill writes ‘Freedom not License, a sequel to ‘Summerhill’.

1966
1962

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The UK version of “Summerhill” is published.

1962
1960

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‘Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing’ published in the USA. It is regarded as his most famous and influential book. It draws together a number of the themes published in his previous books.

1960
1953

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‘The Free Child’ published. The continuation of the themes began in his last book.

1953
1949

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The Problem Family’ is published. Neill acknowledges the influences of Homer Lane and Wilhelm Reich, on the subject of self-regulation.

1949
2 November 1946

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Birth of daughter Zoë

2 November 1946
1945

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Married Ena Wood.

The school community returned to Leiston.

1945

The Beginning

1944

Lilian Neill died.

Neill writes ‘Hearts not Heads in the School’. The last chapter is a beautiful tribute to his wife.

1944
1940-45

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Summerhill evacuated to Ffestiniog, North Wales

In Leiston, the school building is occupied by the army.

1940-45
1939

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Neill writes ‘The Problem Teacher’, dealing with issues of lack of creativity in education and the importance of teacher’s understanding the inner development of the child.

1939
1938

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‘Last Man Alive’ published. The story of a group who manage to survive a toxic cloud that has turned everyone else to stone.

1938
1937

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Neill writes ‘That Dreadful School’.  The book is very well-reviewed and helps to publicise the work he is seeking to achieve at Summerhill.

1937
1936

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Met Wilhelm Reich and forms a strong and lasting friendship.

Neill writes ‘Is Scotland Educated?’

1936
1932

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‘The Problem Parent’ is published. Which begins with the first line “There is never a problem child; there is only a problem parent.”

1932
1927

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Married Lilian Neustatter

Moved Summerhill to Leiston

1927
1926

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‘The Problem Parent’ is published. Which begins with the first line “There is never a problem child; there is only a problem parent.”

1926
1924-27

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Neill and Mrs Lins established Summerhill School
in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK

1924-27
1921-24

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Following a European tour, Neill is invited to start a new international school. He co-founded the International School in Hellerau, near Dresden, with Lilian Neustatter.

He also writes ’A Dominie Abroad’, an account of his experiences at the school.
Later moved to Sonntagberg, Austria. There he writes ‘A Dominie’s Five’, a story about the experiences of five of his pupils.

1921-24

Before Summerhill

1920

Neill writes ‘A Dominie in Doubt’, the title speaks for itself, and another fictional story ‘Carroty Broon’.  The story of a red-haired boy of escapes from his life in a Scottish village, into a fantasy world.

1920
1920-21

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Co-Editor with Beatrice Ensor of ‘New Era’, an educational journal promoting new ideals in education

1920-21
1919

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Neill writes the novel ‘The Booming of Bunkie’.
The fictional story of the ‘boom’ of the Bunkie Golf Course.

1919
1917

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Following medical discharge, Neill joins the teaching staff of the progressive King Alfred School in Hampstead, London.

1917
1916-18

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Army training Royal Scots Fusiliers

Met Homer Lane

1916-18
1916

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Neill writes ‘A Dominie Dismissed’. A fictional account of how his main character, obviously based on himself, is asked to leave the school and becomes a cattle man.

1916
1915

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‘A Dominie’s Log’ first published
The book is a reflective autobiographical novel based on Neill’s first year as Headteacher at Gretna Green Village School.

1915
1910

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Neill takes over the editorship of the University Student Magazine

1910
1908-12

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Student at Edinburgh University.

He begins by studying agriculture, then changes the course to study English.

1908-12
1903

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Neill fails his entrance exam for teacher training

1903
1899-1903

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Pupil teacher at Kingsmuir

1899-1903
1888

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Began as a pupil at
Kingsmuir School

1888
17 October 1883

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A.S.Neill was born in Forfar, Angus, Scotland

17 October 1883