LUCY STEPHENS & TOM OBERST

Reflections on two years of running a non-fee-paying democratic school

Setting up a brand new non-fee-paying democratic school… Without statutory funding… With a collaborative decision-making structure and a team who had never met each other… In the middle of a pandemic… With one year to get through OFSTED… is possibly the definition of madness. Nearly two years down the line we’ll give you a little insight into our journey; the highs, lows and grey hairs. The bits we got right, the bits we didn’t, and the endless questions that we’re still figuring out.

Bio

LUCY STEPHENS & TOM OBERST

Lucy is the Founder and Director of The New School, a non-fee-paying democratic school in Upper Norwood, South London. Lucy has spent a number of years researching what a school model of education could look like when it is structured in a way that values relationships, equity and inclusion. Tom is a Class 3 (ages 9-12) teacher at The New School. After working outside of education for a year he joined the team setting up The New School and has been there since it opened its doors in September 2020.