Being and Becoming Screening and Q&A

We’re thrilled to announce we will be screening Being and Becoming by Clara Bellar as the first in our series of film and discussion events.  In the film we are taken on a beautiful journey of discovery as one parent travels to meet others across Europe and the US that have chosen to allow their children to grow and learn without schooling.  Whilst specifically a film about Unschooling, it is much more than that, it is a film about how we can trust children to learn by following their interests and it challenges our ingrained ideas about education.

We’ll be following up the screening with a discussion of the key themes raised in the film with a fantastic panel comprised of Kezia Cantwell-Wright, EKSS founder and Unschooling parent, James Friis-Lawrence, ex-student from Summerhill School and Marc Denervaux, Maths Teacher and future EKSS Staff Member.

There will also of course be time to take any questions you may have about our proposal for East Kent Sudbury School.

Sunday 18th February, 2-5pm
The Falstaff, 16-18 Addington Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9JJ
Suggested donation of £8 per person.
Book tickets with Eventbrite.

Watch the trailer for Being and Becoming below.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Freedom to Learn Forum

Organised by The Phoenix Education Trust, The Freedom to Learn Forum is an annual festival, celebrating humanity in education, bringing together progressive educators, families and other pioneers to showcase and inspire unique learning communities governed by equality, freedom, and collaboration. This is a child-friendly event; we welcome participation from children and young people, and there will be activities and plenty of space for play.

Unlikely to resemble any other conferences you’ve been to before, the Freedom to Learn Forum is an open-space arena in which adults and children co-create the schedule. Anyone can host a talk or workshop on any topic they are passionate about, allowing us to share our knowledge, experience, and ideas.

This Spring, the Freedom to Learn Forum will be set in the stunning surroundings of the historic Summerhill school, founded in 1921 and still ahead of its time. Delicious food will be provided by their on-site catering team, and students will be adding a ‘Summerhill Sprinkle’ to the affair, hosting mock-meetings and a famous ‘gram’ (disco). There are a limited number of beds for those who wish to have the authentic Summerhill residential experience.

The East Kent Sudbury School founding group will be at the event and hope to run a workshop as part of the open spaces programme, we’d love to see some of our followers and families there too.

More information and tickets available here from EventBrite.


Canterbury Public Meeting

Do you want more educational choices in your area? Are you looking for a school that embraces your child’s curiosity and imagination, freeing them to grow into the person they want to be?

Democratic education turns traditional ideas about schooling on its head.

We believe in giving children:

  • Freedom to direct their own learning
  • Responsibility for their decisions
  • Trust – we trust them and they trust themselves
  • Equality – equal rights and an equal say
  • Democracy – a school governed for and by itself

Come along to our public meeting to find out more about our vision for East Kent Sudbury School.

Wednesday 15th of November
From 7pm
Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

Please note that while children are welcome the session will be aimed more at parents, there will be other events in the future for the whole family to enjoy.


Summer Camp 2017

Join us for 4 days and 3 nights in August to get a taste of what life at our new school might be like.  It will be a great opportunity for parents and children to learn more about our vision for the school, we’ll have videos and books available as well as the founders to answer questions.  Most of all it will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to put some of these ideas into practice.  The camp will be run by the camp meeting, with members setting the rules for behaviour and dealing with any issues that arise.  Children and parents are encouraged to learn and play following your own interests.  Anyone can make suggestions for activities and games or make a request for materials or a workshop and we’ll do our best to facilitate.  Comment here or answer our poll on Facebook to let us know what you’d like to do at camp.


8th – 11th August 2017

The Field, Singledge Lane, Coldred, Dover, Kent, CT15 5AF

Adults camp only: £25.00
Children FREE!

Bookings are now closed.

Suggested donation towards group costs per family: £20.00


If camping you’ll need your own tent, caravans and campers are welcome but hook up facilities are limited.

If you would like to come in the day only and not camp just pay the group contribution.

As we are not yet set up as a school this is a family event for those interested in being part of East Kent Sudbury School once opened, parents are responsible for their children at all times during the camp.

Public Meeting – 3rd July

We’re holding a public meeting for anyone to attend that is interested in our project to open a new Sudbury model school in the East Kent area. Our founding team will be setting out our vision for the school and explaining the ethos behind it as well as updating you on issues such as location, budgeting and timescales. It is a chance for you to ask us questions and to discuss the proposal.

Children interested in the project itself are welcome to come and participate and ask questions. Babes in arms and younger children also welcome, however be aware this is a meeting not a play opportunity.

Monday 3rd July, 7-9pm

AiR (Arts in Ramsgate), 18 Harbour Street, Ramsgate, CT11 8HA