Sands School: una scuola democratica tra le più significative del Regno Unito
Posted on 9 Aprile 2015 by Andrea Sola
Welcome to Sands School
Our school is so different from the mainstream that it is hard know where to start!
It looks different – there is no uniform or even a dress-code for students.
It sounds different – there are no clanging bells or unnatural quietness.
But mainly it feels different – there is no “us and them” division between staff and students
This all stems from Sands being a democratic school: students and staff run the school and make decisions together in a spirit of equality and mutual respect. There is no head teacher, no one is called ‘sir’ or ‘miss’, a student chairs the School Meeting and the student council sorts out the day-to-day niggles of school life. Listening to what our students say has shaped how we learn and live together by:
Allowing students to go at their own pace in the classroom;
Keeping class sizes small;
Allowing students to sit exams when they, as individuals, are ready;
Re-introducing practical life skills in the school day such as cooking, debating, cleaning and building;
Valuing the students as physical and emotional beings not just as exam candidates;
Good food and eating together as a central part of the day.