A letter was received in response to a letter posted in Monday’s mailbag rundown. Citing Elaine Wooton’s note regarding The Freedom School, Misha Gale wrote on an upcoming fundraiser at a similar school:
As you may know, Summerhill School receives no support from the British government, and so has to charge fees. Because not everyone can afford these, and there are so few alternative educational establishments in Britain, the A.S. Neill Summerhill Trust exists to provide bursaries for children attending Summerhill, but funds are scarce. We (the Trust) are having a fundraising event in London on March 19th, both to raise money for bursaries and to celebrate both Summerhill’s recent positive Ofsted inspection report and the BBC drama about the school’s court battle with the British government.
More details in the flyer at this URL: http://mishagale.fastmail.fm
Wikipedia has a good article on the school, which is run “the belief that the school should be made to fit the child.” If you’re curious about the BBC drama Misha references, there’s a little background posted at the school’s website.