International Summer School

Our residential English language and activity courses are accredited by the British Council. The courses are designed for 11 to 17 year olds who wish to improve their English language skills whilst enjoying a huge array of activities and excursions. Watch our video or read further to learn more!

The School is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Our Principal is based at the school throughout the full year, and several staff members have studied at Windermere School themselves.

During the summer school you will study 17.5 hours of English language each week. Each class has less than 12 students and includes a diverse nationality mix of students. Students attending more than one course will have the opportunity to sit the Trinity Exam. Afternoons, evenings and weekends will see students mix with English students from our Holiday courses to take part in an action-packed activities programme. Students can take part in a large range of activities including sailing, golf, horse riding, and tennis. Our excursions programme will enable you to explore the North of England, and includes visits to Manchester and York.

We receive huge amounts of positive feedback from students and parents each year, and we see students returning to Windermere summer after summer. We hope you will join us in 2017.

View our English Language prospectus here

2017 Dates:

  • Course 1 - 3rd to 15th July
  • Course 2 - 17th to 29th July
  • Course 3 - 31st July to 12th August
  • Course 4 - 14th August to 26th August


Each course costs £2,000 if a student is enrolled for two courses a 5% discount applies, three or four courses a 10% discount applies.

Days between courses with a full activity programme are charged at £160 per day. A full programme of activities is provided for students attending multiple courses. Our final course leads into the new school year. New and returning students can join this course to settle into school life, improve their English skills, meet Windermere School staff and make new friends ahead of the school term.

British Council Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the British Council.. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see for details). Strengths were noted in areas of staff management, student administration, quality assurance, premises and facilities, learning resources, academic management, course design, learner management, teaching, care of students, leisure opportunities, care of under-18s. The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme. . View report here.

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