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The movie star who didn't like what her kids were learning at school, so she started her own.

They are living the dream.

If I could’ve avoided maths and science and spent my school days cooking, building boats, throwing javelins and doing no exams or homework whatsoever, I might be a serene, evolved, artistic being instead of the mass of neuroses and insecurity you see before you.

If only my mum had been as thoughtful as actress Tilda Swinton, 53, is, and founded a school for me. *Shakes fist at mother.*

Swinton’s twins, Honor and Xavier, 17, will be among the first graduating class of a radical school their mother co-founded in Scotland.

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Tilda Swinton: Oscar-winner, school co-founder, total inspiration. Image via Getty.

The school, called Drumduan Upper School, is located in Moray.

Students learn science through practical tasks like cooking, sitting at desks is discouraged, and they do not, repeat, do not take any exams.

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According to The Guardian, school inspectors have called students attending Drumduan “confident, articulate, highly motivated and respectful.”

Swinton established the school with Ian Sutherland Cook in 2013. Up until that point, her twins had attended the Moray Steiner School, from which kids must graduate at 14.

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Swinton (back row, right) with Drumduan students and teachers. Image via Drumduan Upper School.
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The Oscar-winner tried to get the Steiner board to establish an upper school, but they were reluctant to take on the project – so Swinton just went ahead and did it herself.

“There’s no grading, no testing at all,” Swinton told The Guardian. “My children are now 17, and they will go through this school without any tests at any time, so it’s incredibly art-based, practical learning. For example, they learn their science by building a Canadian canoe, or making a knife, or caramelising onions.”

As the class of 2016 will be the first to graduate from Drumduan, the question of whether the teens will be able to get into university without A levels (British equivalent of a UAI) remains to be answered.

Drumduan students before launching a canoe they built themselves. Image via Facebook.

All the work the students undertake they document in workbooks with whatever “intellectual and artistic standard” the possess, reports The Guardian.

“Honor’s school project is interpretative dance – she’s never done dance in her life.” Swinton told The Guardian. “It’s going to be really interesting.”

It does sound as if all the students are content and stimulated and clever, even though they’re currently housed in a temporary building while a permanent school is built, and their head teacher is an ex-roadie for the Sex Pistols.

Drumduan students setting alight a ring of kindling in what appears to be some kind of pagan ritual. Image via Facebook.

Swinton spoke to The Guardian from the island of Colonsay on the school’s end-of-term trip for which she was chaperone, eating wild garlic and nettle soup made from ingredients foraged by the kids.

Poetry was read, card games played and campfires lit – as Swinton put it, “We’re just doing a little chillaxing.”

“And they’re all happy 17-year-olds. I can’t believe it – happy and inspired,” she marvelled.

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