Summerhill Sound is a project that captures the sound world of A.S. Neill's Summerhill School. By using any and all approaches to gathering audio this project will share recordings made by the school community with the aim of providing sound-connections to the past, present and future of this special educational community.
In the early stages the sounds captured are shared through Soundcloud. You can find the Summerhill Sound page here;
There's is also a Facebook discussion group where current community members and former students and staff can comment on recordings and suggest sounds they would like to capture. At the moment the group is available only to current members of the school community. We hope to open it to former students and staff as soon as possible. You can find the FB group here;
Background on Summerhill
'Summerhill is a democratic, self-governing school in which the adults and children have equal status. The daily life of the school is governed by the school Meetings, usually held twice a week in which everybody has an equal vote. The school's philosophy is to allow freedom for the individual - each child being able take their own path in life, and following their own interests to develop into the person that they personally feel that they are meant to be. This leads to an inner self-confidence and real acceptance of themselves as individuals. All of this is done within the school's structure of self-government through school meetings which are at the core of the school and emphasise the distinction between freedom and licence. Living life in a community is of great importance to the pupils here. Through this they learn to compromise, communicate, negotiate and assume responsibility. It also teaches them empathy and a consideration for the feelings of others. The adults and children have equal status in the school but, of course, they have very different roles. Everybody in the school is aware of the responsibilities that the adults have and which the children are not subject to. The atmosphere of the school is informal and first names are always used. The school is international, reflecting the extent of A.S. Neill's continuing influence in the world.'
Summerhill School Website:
A short video on A.S. Neill and Summerhill