The Small School
|The Small School|
|Department for Education URN||113611 Tables|
|Age||11 to 16|
Satish Kumar, who also founded Resurgence magazine, lived in the rural village, and did not want to send his 10-year-old son to the nearest secondary school, either in Bude or Bideford. He decided to set up a school in the village. The Small School was founded in September 1982, and had a choice of afternoon options including: photography, yoga, pottery, woodwork. Unlike other state schools, the Small School was known for its pupils growing, cooking, and serving their own lunches. The Small School began with 8 children and grew to as many as 35.
On 20 May 2015 an Ofsted inspection found the school inadequate. Two additional inspections were undertaken in 2016 and Ofsted shows that the School was closed later that year (https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/27/113611)
- Archival Material at Leeds University Library
- Interview with Satish Kumar about the Small School, recorded in April 2010. Small Schools and Nurturing the Spirit in Education (audio, 41 minutes).