What is East Kent Sudbury School?

East Kent Sudbury School is a start-up group working to create a self-directed, democratic Independent School based on the Sudbury model. To find out more about our philosophy and how Self-Directed Education works see Our Model section.

Strategy for opening

We have a two stage strategy for opening:

Phase 1
Opening as a part-time democratic learning community for Home Educated children, open Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30-3.00, with a maximum attendance of between 4.5 and 5.5 hours per day.

Phase 1 will be opening in January 2019 housed in a self-contained set of rooms in Cliftonville Community Centre, Margate.

Phase 2
After achieving our Independent School status, we will become a full-time school operating 5 days per week, open 8.30-5.00 with a minimum attendance of 5 hours per day per student required.


Digging at the beachWith a community of students ready and waiting for us to open and one hurdle after another in securing the perfect long term home we refocused our search on spaces that will enable us to get open and start growing our community. And were delighted to find a self-contained space within Cliftonville Community Centre which has all the facilities we need to start whilst we continue the search for a long term site and pursue our ambition to become a full-time Independent School.

The building itself includes two very generous activity spaces, kitchen, toilets its own private entrance and outside playspace.  In addition we will have part-time access to a further even larger hall and professional kitchen perfect for group catering projects.  Cliftonville Community Centre is in the quiet street of St Paul’s Road and within easy reach of Margate beach, local parks, the Turner Contemporary, theatres and all the creativity and interest of Cliftonville and the Old Town, giving our students lots of opportunities to benefit from the local community.

Age range

Our project will serve students aged 5-18 years.

Staff and student numbers

Our objective is to open with 20-30 students and 3 staff members present for all 3 days we are open and 3 additional part-time staff members.


We offer a means tested sliding-scale fee model, to find out what the annual fee for your family would be, please see our Fees page.