What is East Kent Sudbury School?

EKSS opened in January 2019 as a part-time democratic community for Home Educated children inspired by model created by Sudbury Valley School . To find out more about our philosophy and how Self-Directed Education works see Our Model section.

Who our setting is for

Our part-time democratic learning community is for Electively Home Educated children.

We open Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30-3.00, with a maximum attendance of between 4.5 and 5.5 hours per day.


We have moved! We are now located in the gorgeous Buckland House on Crabble Hill on the outskirts of Dover. We have a variety of rooms with specialist areas for art, IT, music as well as general social and community spaces and our own outside playground and parking area.

Age range

Our provision caters for children aged 5-18 years and is a completely age mixed environment.  Read more about why that is so important to us here.

Staff and student numbers

We are delighted that our new site has increased our ability to cater for many more students. We are currently limiting intake during the COVID-19 pandemic to 36 in order to maintain a small community bubble, but will be adding further places as guidance allows.

We currently have 9 staff members, with a minimum of 4 each day.  Find out more about our staff team here.


As an Independent organisation we funded solely through fees and donations. The fee for our part-time home education provision is £7,000 per annum, with discounts for siblings. We also offer means tested financial assistance to ensure that economic circumstances are not a barrier to enrolment, for more details please see our fees page.

Global movement

EKSS is part of a global movement of Self-Directed and Democratic education. You can find a list of similar settings worldwide here: Democratic Schools Directory