Updated 2024-03-06

Sudbury School Amersfoort

A Sudbury model school that was founded in 2014. Staff have a long history of experience with Self-Directed Education since 2003.
Christel Hartkamp-Bakker contact
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(+31) 333690338
Address: Satelliet 8
City: Amersfoort
Postal Code: 3824 MT
Country: Netherlands
Utrecht, Amsterdam


At our school you get the freedom to follow your own path and to take responsibility for your learning process. We believe that this freedom and responsibility can only exist if there is a clear structure. At Sudbury School Amersfoort we make the rules and agreements together. For example, our students and members of our staff team each have an equal voice in all formal decisions that are taken. We keep order together. This way of organizing makes our school a safe, predictable, pleasant and challenging environment, where you can take on responsible tasks when you are ready. The direct participation in the school reinforces the sense of community, the feeling of belonging. Together we are a mini-society where we respect each other and where you get all the space you need for your development. The structure that our school offers is clear and transparent. That way you always know what’s going on.

SDE Optimizing Conditions

ASDE surveys all SDE communities/programs about how they provide, enhance, or align with each of the Six Optimizing Conditions for young people to succeed in SDE.  Survey answers:
  1. Responsibility – Students have full responsibility for their lives and for the community.
  2. Youth Autonomy – How kids spent their time is completely up to them, except for some community required duties, like serving in J.C. or cleaning chores.
  3. Access to Tools and Technology – There are no limits to what is used to spent time on, the school has a good functioning wifi.
  4. Adult Allies – Grading and testing is not offered in any way by the school. If students themselves want to use tests for their own evaluations, that is fine. But the school does not interfere or make use of the results in any way. It is the students private matter.
  5. Free Age Mixing – All ages from 4 to 18 are welcome, there is no age segregation, nor are there limits in the building where students of all ages can be.
  6. Community – The weekly school meeting is the platform where all decisions concerning the community are made. The preambule supports the respectful interaction of all its members. The openness of the building supports the continuous interaction of people.

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