West Cork Sudbury School

is creating a Not for Profit Self-Directed Democratic School




per month

About West Cork Sudbury School

West Cork Sudbury School is the first democratic school in West Cork, and your support will help us to maintain our school!

Founded by a group of like minded individuals this model of education offers a choice that is really needed in the community. The current education system works for some but not all and we are hoping to offer an education that builds resilience and is responsive in these ever changing times. The impact of schools closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many to re-consider how we educate our children and to look for a new ‘normal’. Sudbury schools have been established for over 50 years and the two schools established in Ireland have gone from strength to strength in the last three years.

We believe that every child should be entitled not only to an education but an education that suits them! Unfortunately at the moment Ireland does not provide ANY funding to schools who do not follow the set curriculum (which Sudbury does not) so this school will have to be entirely self funded and this is why any help we can get with this process would mean an awful lot! Our Goal is to make it this type of school accessible for any child who needs to avail of this type of education regardless of their financial background!!

The Sudbury model is based on self directed learning so children are free to spend their time exploring and working on what interests and stimulates them most. It also works on the democratic model so children learn from a very young age how to be a part of a healthy democracy. The school is open to children from 5 to 18 years with free age mixing.
We have just received our charity status so we welcome any donations to help us keep the school running as we receive no government funding.

Even the "smallest" of donations a month will make a huge difference to help us keep our school running and accessible to families of all financial backgrounds..

In keeping with the integrity and transparency of the formal running of the school we are obliged to say that any donations from parents we gratefully accept but are not means for securing places or making preference for the children starting school.

Many thanks,
Catherine, Becky, Tracy, Jess & Kathrin- West Cork Sudbury School founders

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