What is East Kent Sudbury School?

East Kent Sudbury School will be a self-directed, democratic 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 our school:

Phase 1
Opening as a part-time democratic learning community, operating 3 days per week, with a maximum attendance of 6 hours per day.

Our objective is to be ready to open for Phase 1 in the academic year starting September 2018, a definite start date will be announced after securing our location.

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.

We have already begun preparing our application to become and Independent school and are aiming to qualify within a year of opening.


Digging at the beachWe are still looking for the perfect home for our school, but we hope to find the right place and secure a lease within the next few months. We’re looking for somewhere in either Thanet or Canterbury with good public transport and road links, at least 1,500 sq. ft. of inside space, its own outdoor area or close to suitable green spaces and a dedicated parking area.

Within our school we will be creating a variety of spaces suitable for the pursuit of all kinds of activities and interests. We are also very lucky in East Kent to have such a wonderful variety of outdoor spaces to explore including beautiful beaches, woods and parks as well a plethora of cultural experiences; theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and London accessible via the high speed train link. Our students will of course have access to the whole of what East Kent has to offer as part of their experience at East Kent Sudbury School.

Age range

Our school will serve students aged 5-18 years.

Staff and student numbers

Our objective is to open with 30-45 students and 3 full-time staff members 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.