​tilda swinton is running an awesome bohemian school in scotland

Instead of taking exams, students practice parkour, forage for food and sing medieval songs.

by Charlotte Gush
Jun 17 2015, 7:26pm

Photography Alessio Costantino

Actor and alien goddess Tilda Swinton is the co-founder of an absolutely awesome sounding school in Scotland, where there are no exams and the students spend as much time as possible away from their desks, foraging for food, singing in groups or making crafts.

"There's no grading, no testing at all... it's incredibly art-based, practical learning," Tilda Swinton told the Guardian, explaining that, "For example, they learn their science by building a Canadian canoe, or making a knife, or caramelizing onions." Headteacher Krzysztof Zajaczkowski - or Krzys ("Chris") to his students, they don't use Sir, or Mr. Zajaczkowski - says, on the school's website: "Our education system has, to a large extent, become practically and emotionally barren with an almost obsessive drive to fast-track children through literacy and numeracy, facts and figures at the expense of the infinitely broader capacities of the young person." To feed those capacities, every school day starts with singing and movement, there is time for personal projects and most of Friday is taken up by outdoor adventures in the beautiful seaside surroundings of Scotland's Moray Coastline.

Swinton's sends her own kids, Xavier and Honor, to the school and explains that, "Honor's school project is interpretative dance," adding that, "She's never done dance in her life. It's going to be really interesting." Where do we sign up?


Photography Alessio Costantino

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