Banbury Crossroads is an accredited self-directed learning school. Our ultimate goal is to foster student autonomy within an environment of mutual respect. Therefore, we use a tutorial approach and individualized academic instruction within small, multi-aged groups. This nurturing setting generates meaningful, trusting relationships that enhance learning. Here, students learn to communicate, negotiate, collaborate and solve problems. These soft skills are helpful as they enter the wider community through field trips, volunteerism and internships. Banbury youth become intrinsically motivated and empowered to chart the course of their own education and, through their passionate engagement in learning, to contribute to the wider world.