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We have modern, well-equipped facilities and are located within beautiful countryside. My grandmother had no formal background in teaching, but she was well-educated, and a skilled linguist and musician, and together she and Neill decided to start Summerhill.

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There are so many intricate areas of who you are and how you relate to other people. For some time, the San wholly replaced the Cottage, but Cottage children are now housed in the main school building. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Even in these bewildering times, it can safely be said that Zoe Readhead is the only school principal to have featured naked on a magazine cover. I suppose they thought, because I'd been to Summerhill, I'd be really keen. As Jonathan Croall recalls in his recently reissued biography Neill of Summerhill: The Permanent Rebel , Neill argued that, while the future of Summerhill itself was of little consequence, the idea behind it was "of the greatest importance to humanity" because "new generations must be given the chance to grow in freedom". We were supposed to answer in the most outrageous way possible. The house in Lyme Regis was called Summerhill, and this became the name of the school. Four days into the hearing, the government's case collapsed and a settlement was agreed. So sports, games and other amusements are all generated by the pupils and adults, according to need. The school was the first in England to grant children a legal right to formally express their opinions and to meet with the inspectors. Aspire to what?

Children were beaten in most homes at some time or another and discipline was the key work in child rearing. He was 13 and stayed for five "very happy" years.

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For some time, the San wholly replaced the Cottage, but Cottage children are now housed in the main school building. Neill was dismayed — he was not keen on the pressure exams create. Her development as Neill's only child, hailed by him as "the beginnings of a new civilisation", was of consuming public interest. There wasn't a front lawn. We are a community school. Did she at least encourage them to aspire, I asked. Bullying, vandalism or other anti-social behaviour is dealt with by specially elected ombudsmen, or by the whole community in its daily meetings. Ulla — we called teachers by their first names — combined sewing lessons with teaching her native German. Through its self-government and freedom it has struggled for more than eighty years against pressures to conform, in order to give children the right to decide for themselves. In spite of these criticisms however, the inspectors apparently found the school praiseworthy. Nadia Hartmann's mother had a very strict upbringing and she didn't want the same for her daughter. There wasn't much bullying, but with some friends, I did bully one girl. It's a place that minimises the authoritarian elements and maximises the development of community and really caring about the other people. I am very proud to be part of Summerhill School and look forward to even greater successes as our efforts really come to fruition.

I left at 15 and at college I had to work even harder. What if any had wanted to go to mainstream schools? Adults are not there to create things for the children to do- they need to create things for themselves.

This is being shared with the rest of the staff. I sent a letter to the Greenwich Village Voicein New York, disclaiming any affiliation with any American school that calls itself a Summerhill school.

Most of the children board during the term time, though there are day pupils as well. They are beginning to look for alternative answers to mainstream schooling.

I suppose I should be writing to the newspapers and things, but I haven't the energy. Living in a small, inter-related community "means you have to take responsibility for your own actions, and that means everything from the clothes you wear to how you treat others. They have three grown-up children.

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It had to move again temporarily to Ffestiniog , Wales , during the Second World War so that the site could be used as a British Army training camp. She has two children by a previous marriage. As soon as I had government funds, they might want to make decisions about my toilets and things. She acknowledges that her father would have liked her to go to university and hoped she would take over the school, armed with a degree and teaching certificate to keep the authorities at bay. I couldn't tell you if any of our children have ADHD. I suppose I should be writing to the newspapers and things, but I haven't the energy. The school has an outreach programme with its own external affairs committee of pupils who regularly take part in conferences, children's rights programmes, workshops in schools and colleges, etc. Gobsmacked by the freedom, he ran around screaming, talking "inappropriately" to the girls and finally breaking 23 windows over two days. I suppose they thought, because I'd been to Summerhill, I'd be really keen. I don't think that was just money, though.
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