Core Principles

We are committed to creating a relaxed and comfortable environment where children enjoy independent and self-directed learning towards becoming critical thinkers, equipped for life as unique, capable  individuals.

Core Principles

  • We believe children are innately curious and learn naturally without coercion. Wicklow Sudbury School is a place where children can play and learn by following their passions and interests, where there are no compulsory classes and no set curriculum.
  • At our school equal importance will be given to all activities and interests.  Practical skills, the Arts and Academics are held equally.
  • Wicklow Sudbury School will be a comfortable, safe place for children to learn, play and explore.
  • The school will have a democratic structure with each child and each staff member having an equal vote in  decision making and in the creation of the rules and regulations of the school.
  • The children will be supported by the staff to discover and  pursue their interests and passions.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to participate in respectful communication such as NVC for problem solving, conflict resolution, discussion and disciplinary issues.
  • As well as providing indoor space we will provide outdoor, green spaces for exploration, play and learning.

Peter Grays Six Criteria

AWE Peter Gray's six criteria

Our School is inspired by the Sudbury Valley School set up in Massachusetts in 1968. Since then over 50 Sudbury model schools have been set up world wide. Here you can find list and links to other Sudbury Schools around the world.

An understanding of the reality of autonomous learning necessarily involves a stage of personal research given the unconventional and often counter-intuitive nature of this educational approach. We recommend the following books, videos and blogs as resources to get you started.

“Sudbury Valley School, since its founding in 1968, has been a place where children can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they grow up in the newly emerging world. From the beginning of their enrollment, no matter what their age, students are given the freedom to use their time as they wish, and the responsibility for designing their path to adulthood.” (from  Sudbury Valley School website)