Having experienced varied educational styles growing up, Kezia, attended both mainstream schools and the world’s first democratic school, Summerhill in Leiston, Suffolk, an experience which left a lasting impact. Later on Kezia graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2003 in Fine Art going on to establish a career in digital design and marketing, heading up a creative team at a London marketing agency before establishing her own company Draw(). Now mother to two daughters Kezia chose to stay home with her family and home educate her children before embarking on founding East Kent Sudbury School.
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Mother of three boys. Kate had been looking into alternative education after the public school system failed and damaged her sons mental health. She has always been very politically active and believes in democracy whole heartedly. After reading Peter Gray’s ‘Free to Learn’ Kate immediately knew that a Sudbury model school was what she wanted for her own children, what she passionately believed in and what she wanted to help bring to the UK. Shortly after, Kezia unveiled her plans and things soon slotted into place. Kate is enthusiastic about sociology and psychology and has spent most of her working career within the adult education sector, managing the office and day to day needs of both students and trainers. Kate also ran her own successful business for a number of years before deciding to home educate her own children. She is passionate about cookery and loves to read.
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Michelle graduated from Oxford University, having attended a progressive international school in Botswana, and spent ten years as a marketing and communications manager in higher education before moving into the entertainment industry. Michelle has worked on marketing campaigns for film studios and publishing houses, as well as start-ups and not-for-profits. Her interest in the Sudbury School model stems from her own passionate belief in democracy, and the year she spent home educating her son after both state and private schools failed him.
25 years’ experience of teaching Maths in secondary and sixth form within mainstream settings. Marc has long been a campaigner for radical change within education and sees EKSS as leading the way in this.
With a background in English and History of Art Helen is also a highly experienced teacher having worked in a variety of educational settings including Deputy Head at Great Oaks, a special needs school in Kent with a democratic ethos. Helen is also a talented glass and ceramic artist with a studio in Margate and regularly runs workshops and collaborates with local schools on projects.
With a strong belief in freedom of choice and a passion for life-long and self-directed learning, Sarah’s daughter is unschooled. Sarah also currently co-directs a business supplying hard and soft wares to businesses and is a landlord and investor. Before motherhood Sarah enjoyed working in Community Development, organising projects and successfully acquiring funding. She also undertook enjoyable sales and marketing roles within sectors including; Finance and Housing. Sarah is really grateful to have achieved a certificate and Diploma in Marketing and has completed various courses to include; Breastfeeding, Birth Art Café and NLP Practitioner.
A life-long self-directed learner, Florence experienced various settings growing up studying at Steiner schools in the UK and also The Netherlands and learnt to read by herself at the age of 9. She spent time extensively travelling before studying drawing in Italy and then History of Art in York.
Watching the curiosity and will that drives her two daughters, Louise wondered why children are not generally given the opportunity to direct their own learning; leading her to discover the Sudbury model. Louise graduated in Spanish and Portuguese and has travelled, worked, and studied in parts of Central and South America, Spain and Hawaii. She now lives on her family farm with her husband, children and assorted animals.