Free Range Childhood Self Regulation Summerhill

Summerhill is the most famous school in the world. Started over 80 years ago by A.S.Neill and still thriving in Leiston in Suffolk in the UK. It’s radical philosophy of education has led to constant conflict with the educational establishment.

In response to attempts to close the school, Summerhill challenged the government in court and triumphed over what it described as “tyranny of compulsory lessons and exams”, A Free-Range Childhood is Matthew Appleton’s insightful account of his years as a houseparent at the school.

 Much has been written about Summerhill over the years. Neil’s own Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing was an international best-seller in the 1960s and ‘70s. Appleton’s book, A Free Range Childhood, is the only first-hand account to emerge from the school since Neill’s death in 1973.

Matthew Appleton was a houseparent at Summerhill for nine years. He has lectured and written extensively on his experiences. He works as a psychotherapist and craniosacral therapist in England.