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Windermere School is celebrating its best GCSE and IGCSE results for over a decade. The A* to C success of over 95% is the best the school has achieved since it went co-educational and non-selective in 2000, and significantly higher than the national average of 66.6%.
These results follow a record-breaking year for the school in which all of its Year 13 students passed the International Baccalaureate.
Despite being steadfastly non-selective, the school’s results have improved steadily over the last four years, very much bucking the national trend which has seen the biggest ever year-on-year decline this year, down to the lowest level since 2008.
At Windermere School, more than half of the students’ results were graded at A* or A, and, for the first time since 2000, there was a 100% pass rate in English and Mathematics. Special mention goes to the following students, who all live locally: Ella Handy (9A*, A); Daisy Southern (9A*, A); Nuala Murray (8A*, 2A); Maisie Bullock (8A*, A, B); and Matilda Salisbury (7A*, 3A).
The school offers a mixture of IGCSEs and GCSEs which suits the students well. Universities draw no distinction between the two examination types and Headmaster, Ian Lavender, feels that this mixture ensures that the school can continue to offer courses to the students which are best suited to their aspirations.
Mr Lavender went on to add: “This is a fantastic set of results for our Year 11’s and a very satisfying end to the academic year for the school. Combined with the success of our IB students earlier in the summer, this must be the best year we have ever had in terms of examination results. We are a non-selective school, so to achieve these results are a testament to the hard work of both the students and the staff. We wish all our Year 11’s onward success, as we welcome a new cohort of students into the year. We hope that they can continue the good work.”
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring National Park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.
When you live there, Windermere School becomes more than just an academic institution. Apart from academics, the School puts great emphasis on personal development. To me, this has meant that my three years in the national park were some of the most positive, enjoyable and prosperous years of my life that have put me in a convenient position in terms of university and my future adult life.
I have sent my children to Windermere at 11 years old and is easy to say how they have feel. I have had to call them as they never have time to call home. Lots of friends, lots of fun, interesting education. I would recommend this school to everybody, it is a perfect choice to ensure your children will learn a new language open their mind and increase their international relations.
Our daughter is having a marvellous time at Windermere School. She has always been well supported socially and educationally. The staff provide a wide variety of fun and interesting activities within the classroom, encouraging learning and development in a relaxed and fun environment taking them from Forest School in Pre-Prep to Adventure lessons in juniors, the outdoor space and sailing school is also a real advantage as nowhere can offer what Windermere school has! We love what the school has brought to our daughter... happiness! We can't ask for much more, as she works well and comes home with a smile.
We see our daughter growing in confidence every week - both socially and academically. After a difficult time in her previous School, she is flourishing in the caring environment where she can be herself again. The tutor system at Windermere is very special and has played a huge part in her settling in, being encouraged to make the most of exciting opportunities on offer and feeling a valued part of the school community very quickly.