Windermere School is nestled in the heart of England’s ruggedly beautiful Lake District. Windermere is a bustling, historic Cumbrian community and a highly sought-after destination. This unique location creates an inspiring educational setting and also allows students the chance to take advantage of the natural surroundings by taking part in numerous outdoor activities. The School has its own RYA (Royal Yachting Association) accredited watersports centre and boathouse on the edge of Lake Windermere. It provides a superb learning environment due to its proximity to major roads, airports and rail, and it is safe, secure and convenient. The School seeks to maximise each child’s academic potential, while at the same time developing strong, well-rounded personalities.
Windermere School is easily accessible from Manchester and Liverpool international airports (90 minutes), and from London by high-speed train (three hours). On dedicated travel days there is also a chaperoned airport collection service.
Windermere Preparatory School (2–11 years)
Windermere Preparatory School provides an extraordinary education for boys and girls aged 2-11 and has a history spanning over a century. It is located in a serene, forested setting with a view of the lake and the Langdales beyond. Today, pupils from the Lake District learn alongside boarders from many different countries.
Each day begins with Maths and English and the remaining curriculum is grounded in science. Additional activities include all major sports, a unique Adventure! programme, drama, art, design and technology.
The School focuses on treating each and every child as an individual and its education process takes all facets of their personalities into account, including their interests, hopes, needs, aspirations, potential and, above all, their enjoyment.
Lower and Middle School (11–16 years)
Situated on the Browhead campus, the Lower and Middle School, is characterised by a safe, nurturing environment for those beginning their secondary education. The first years of secondary education can bring many challenges and uncertainties so the School strives to provide an environment that allows young students to transition to secondary education with the confidence to develop both their academic ability and unique personalities. The Senior School has a 50/50 ratio of boarding to day pupils, and a similar ratio of boys to girls.
Browhead is the heart of School activity, with Crampton Hall, the library, computer rooms and administration offices located downstairs and girls’ boarding facilities upstairs. Boys are housed in Langdale House which provides boarders with an excellent living space that includes a junior and senior common room for all pupils to socialise and relax in during break times.
The School’s Sixth Form Centre welcomes both day pupils and boarders and provides a university-style boarding environment for both living and learning.
Beautiful outdoor surroundings combined with the Lake District’s rich literary and cultural heritage creates an inspirational setting for learning, self-discovery and fun. Windermere’s ethos concerning Sixth Form students is fully apparent in their study facilities, accommodation and responsibilities.
All students at Westmorland House live in a purpose-built sixth-form complex and have study-bedrooms or study facilities. Students reside in flats with single and double study-bedrooms, sitting room and a bathroom.
The students’ high academic standards are enriched by superb pastoral support and a broad activity programme.
The curriculum offered at Windermere School reflects is based on exposing students to as many opportunities as possible and to grow into well-rounded individuals. The curriculum is delivered in a way that emphasises both learning and communication skills.
GCSE and IGCSE subjects
Year 7 marks the beginning of the GCSE curriculum, with the first exams in Year 9. All students in Years 10 and 11 study mathematics, English language, English literature, and a modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish) and sit examinations at the end of Year 11. In Year 10, students choose three additional GCSE subjects and three in Year 11 for focused learning, with twice the curriculum time. IGCSEs are available in mathematics and languages.
Year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma
Students may apply for Year 11 to prepare for the IB Diploma, which is popular choice for our international students. Five GCSE subjects are needed to qualify for the IB Diploma in Sixth Form.
A challenging curriculum of six subjects leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma is available in the Sixth Form. The Diploma also includes the IB Core of Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity, Action and Service modules.
There are three amazing boarding houses nestled in the School’s beautiful Lakeland grounds. Windermere boarders always have activities to keep them entertained and stimulated through evening events, lake access, and a varied programme of activities and excursions to both local and national places of interest. The School’s inclusive atmosphere allows for students aged eight and upwards to feel welcome in a distinctive and homely environment. Comfortable dormitories are available in each boarding house, all of which are staffed with full-time residential housemasters and housemistresses.
As a member of a network of schools across the world known as Round Square, Windermere School teaches students to view the world from an international perspective, and is devoted to democracy, service, adventure and environmental conservation.
Hodge Howe, the School’s watersports centre situated on the shores of Lake Windermere, provides numerous opportunities for pupils during both the School’s timetabled curriculum and as part of the extracurricular activity programme. The centre is an RYA Teaching Centre and is accredited by the British Canoeing Union and the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.