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First Montessori secondary school.

First Montessori secondary school.

This is an usual place to learn, and the first Montessori school for adolescents in the UK to be endorsed by AMI, although there are others that teach in the Montessori style. There are no year groups, no subject departments, no timetables and no assessments. There are also no teachers in the traditional sense: adults are “guides”, mentors who meet with students weekly or fortnightly to review their work and set a programme of learning. Students study in mixed age groups, learning from each other and working on topics that interest them.

Montessori pre-school and primary schools have become popular in the UK – with around 700 early years and primary institutions, four of which are state-funded.

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