Updated 2021-09-17

West Cork Sudbury School

WCSS is a democratic school for self directed learning, based on the Sudbury model. Open since Sept 2020.
Jessica Mason founder
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Address: Coomhola Lodge
City: Bantry
County: Cork
Postal Code: P75 YW30
Country: Ireland

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 are empowered within he school as members of the school meeting, within conflict resolution and to explore their learning how they choose.
  2. Youth Autonomy – As a Sudbury school there is no imposed currciulum or timetable as such, allowing students time to play how they choose.
  3. Access to Tools and Technology – The school is set up to provide an environment where students can explore their own path in learning. This includes having rooms dedicated to things such as art, science, computers, cooking and music, a library, outdoor play space.
  4. Adult Allies – Staff are employed as facilitators and our staff training is there to develop the skills necessary to support the students in a non-judgemental way.
  5. Free Age Mixing – The school is for students aged 5 to 18.
  6. Community – The pillars of the school are the democratic school meeting and the conflict resolution process we have adopted 'transformative practice', this transparency and accountability foster and support respect and open communication.

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