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Summerhill

  • By: William C. Ayers
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Summerhill, a pioneering experiment in progressive, democratic education founded in 1921 by A. S. Neill, is a coeducational boarding and day school located in Suffolk, England, directed today by Zoe Readhead, Neill's daughter. Begun as part of an international school called the Neue Schule near Dresden, Germany, the school soon moved to a castle on top of a mountain near Sonntagsberg in Austria, and in 1923 to the town of Lyme Regis in the south of England, to a house called Summerhill. In 1927, the school moved to its present site at Leiston in Suffolk, keeping the cheerful name Summerhill. During World War II, the school community evacuated to Wales for a time so that the British Army could use the site as a training ...

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