Sands School

School Type: Independent and Democratic, Multi-level

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Year Elected: 2015


Sands School is a self-governed, independent school that is co-created by children and adults. They are based on a democratic ideology (everyone has an equal say). Pupils and staff share all decisions from curriculum direction and staff recruitment to finances. Students pursue their interests and chose when they want to study and sit exams. Day-to-day running of the school and key decision making processes are made in a weekly “School Meeting”.

Changemaking Initiatives

  • Addresses problems with students or staff through an entire school community discussion.
  • Encourages close relationships between students and staff – there is no staff room.
  • Re-introduces practical life and entrepreneurship skills through project-based learning – student-run pop up restaurant.