In Quaker education we try not to impose the aims and principles of the school on our pupil: rather we provide the environment in which pupils take these on for themselves, to the extent of sharing in the responsibility and pleasure of running the school. Teachers and students are partners in a collaborative learning adventure.
A Quaker school places most emphasis on the manner in which people lead their lives and treat each other. The core belief of Quaker schools is that morals, wisdom, ethics and action should spring from personal experience rather than from received dogma.
There are many Quaker schools throughout the world, varying greatly in both style and emphasis. Although most parents and staff are not formally Quakers, they generally espouse Quaker values.
Friends’ schools in England include:
- Ackworth School, West Yorkshire
- Bootham School, York
- Breckenbrough School, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
- Leighton Park School, Reading
- The Mount School, York
- Friends School Saffron Walden
- Sibford School, Oxfordshire
- Sidcot School, North Somerset
See www.quakerschools.co.uk for more information.