On Saturday 29 July, Windermere School parent Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson took part in the Lakeland Ultra Marathon. Helen was taking part to raise £1...
What are the dates of the 2017 courses?
What are the prices?
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. 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.
Is the centre British Council Accredited?
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 (www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation). 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.
How will students be learning English?
Our excellent English tuition sets a consistently high academic standard. English language classes take place in the morning, with students receiving 17.5 - 21 hours of academic tuition each week. On average there are 10 students in a class, and we never exceed 13 students per teacher. All of our English teachers are qualified to at least CELTA/TEFL level or equivalent, with all being at native level proficiency. All students attending more than one course will have the opportunity to sit the Trinity College London's GESE Examination.
Our English teaching Schedule
How do you improve existing English language skills?
Upon arrival in Windermere, each student undertakes a placement test to ensure they are grouped by ability, as well as age. Our teachers are very experienced and use a variety of techniques and styles to deliver their classes. We believe that consolidation is fundamental to success within the English language. In addition to three hours of English classes, we run academic workshops and educational trips allowing students the opportunity to contextualise the language learnt in the classroom. These also enable teachers to adapt the syllabus and style to focus on specific needs of each student. At Windermere, considerable emphasis is placed on communication. All staff will encourage students to speak only in English, which allows the student to gain confidence in speaking.
Are there English Educational Trips?
Throughout our courses we run English educational trips. Students complete interactive tasks which require them to use their English language skills. Our English educational trips show students the cultural highlights of the local area. In 2016, we ran trips to the, Kendal Castle, local villages and towns, and an old-fashioned working farm.
Can students take the Trinity College London's Graded Exam in Spoken English?
Students attending more than one course will have the opportunity to take this exam. It is an ability based, oral examination which takes around 10 minutes. It is an excellent and formal way of concluding the hard work of the previous weeks of the course. Successful students will receive a certificate confirming that this internationally recognised exam has been taken. There are 12 levels from Absolute Beginner to Full Speaker and additional workshops and individual tutorials are held to assist students. The exam is set to reflect the achievements of our standard International Summer School English Syllabus. For the past four years, all students taking this exam have passed, and many have achieved a distinction!
What is the Activity and Social Programme?
During afternoons, evenings and weekends students from the International and Holiday Courses come together for the activity and social programme. The activities take place in the beautiful Lake District countryside using our wonderful natural environment as our playground. Each activity is led by experienced instructors, and we ensure safety of the students is of the highest priority whilst making the activity as fun as possible.
What are the Afternoon Activities?
Students can choose activities from the following options below:
Is there an Evening Programme?
Upon arrival, all students are divided into Houses (teams). Houses are mixed in age and nationality. Each evening students participate in sports matches, group games and art challenges to win points for their houses.
In 2016, students took part in the WISS Fashion Show, WISS Carnival, and of course the end of course disco! In addition, each boarding house has a large common room where students can play pool, table football, computer games, or watch a DVD.
Can Students stay in between courses?
We welcome students to stay for multiple courses. They gain confidence and improve their English skills. For students staying in between courses, we run daily activities and excursions. In 2016, students visited Ambleside Sports Day, the Lake District Wildlife Park, the Lowther Show, and also went to the local cinema. We arrange further local activities according to the group participants.
Note: In order to provide high quality activities, the School has formed links with several well established providers. If, as a result of changes outside the control of the School or for any other reason it is deemed necessary to modify the activity programme, the School reserves the right to cancel, restrict and/or change activities.
Do students go on excursions?
Windermere Summer Schools are well-placed for exploring the north of England. The Lake District itself attracts millions of visitors each year, drawn by its dramatic landscape and rugged beauty.
Students have excursion days where they visit famous British cities. Each course will visit a different city: York, Chester, Liverpool or Durham are likely destinations. There will be the opportunity for students to explore the Lake District National Park and experience the beauty it holds. In the evenings students work together to win points for their House through team games, sports fixtures and art competitions. There are also craft evenings, film nights, a carnival and not forgetting the end-of-course disco! Our activity and adventure programme is constantly developing. We invite you to join us and see where your adventure will take you
How is the students Welfare cared for and what is the Accommodation?
The welfare of our students is paramount to us. We employ a full-time residential Welfare Officer to look after our students' needs. Several members of the team are also first-aid qualified. Our students are well cared for, receive round the clock supervision, and our small student-staff ratios ensure the best care possible.
Can parents stay in contact with their child/children?
Yes, however we find that calls to or from parents can bring on home-sickness. We would therefore ask parents to encourage students to make their stay with us a parent free time. An emergency contact number will be provided with the pre-departure information pack in. During the Summer Schools, staff can be contacted 24 hours a day in case of an emergency.
What about Mobile Phones and Internet Access?
Most students want to bring mobile phones, tablets (iPads) or laptops to our Summer School. Students can use these during free time. Please note the school cannot take any responsibility for lost or broken phones, tablets or laptops and therefore students bring these at their own risk. However again we would encourage students to leave these at home and enjoy their time here without them. Students will be given their own personal login details to access school computer and the school WiFi network.
Mobile phones and other devices are not allowed after 10pm, and must be handed in to staff overnight, and during classes. Students can use their devices during activities to take photographs.
Are students insured?
The school also puts in place an insurance policy for every individual student on the course, specifically designed to cover international students on summer language schools within the UK. The exact details of which can be provided by the school yet in brief the policy provides insurance in respect to personal injury, personal liability and medical expenses. We do recommend the student has their own travel insurance.
What is the Accommodation?
Boys and girls are accommodated in single sex dormitories within the school grounds. We have bedrooms ranging from single rooms to seven students. Generally speaking, older students share with less students.
Students of the same nationality are not usually accommodated in the same room, to encourage mixing and developing English language skills. In exceptional circumstances, this may not be possible.
Our well-equipped boarding houses provide comfortable home-from-home accommodation. Complete with cosy common rooms for relaxation and recreation, and equipped with various books, games, pool table, table football, air hockey and flat screen televisions. Students have full access to well-equipped kitchens for beverages and snacks. A laundry service is offered free of charge.
What food can students expect?
We provide plenty of fresh, healthy food, prepared daily by the school’s chefs. There is always a choice of hot and cold options at breakfast, lunch and dinner. When the weather permits we also have barbecues on the terrace, and we provide packed lunches when we are off site.
What are the travel arrangements?
Students arrive on the first day of the course and depart on the final day.
Airport meet and greet
We can meet your child in the arrivals hall at Manchester Airport, and transfer them to Windermere Summer School. We will return your child to the airport at the end of their stay, and remain at the airport until the flight has departed. This transfer service to/from Manchester International Airport is included in the course fees. To make use of this service, students must be booked on flights arriving and departing between 10am and 6pm.
Drop off and collection from the school
Parents are welcome to bring their children directly to the school. Our staff will welcome you to the school and we will have light refreshments available between 10am and 4pm.
Transfers within the UK
We can transfer students to Oxenholme Train Station which is on the main line to London. If you are considering this option we recommend that you book direct trains well in advance. We can also arrange collection/drop-off at other UK airports, and at other times of day, however we will pass on a charge for this. Please contact us if you are considering this option.
Terms and Conditions
Windermere School will make every effort to provide the International Summer School on the dates published, but reserves the right to cancel. In such cases, notice will be given on or before 1st June 2017. Windermere School will operate the International Summer School responsibly, providing adequate levels of staffing, however, no liability can be accepted for any accident or misadventure which befalls a student.
Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times. No smoking or consumption of alcohol or use of illegal drugs is permitted at any time on or off the school premises. Windermere School reserves the right to expel from the course any student who does not comply with these rules.
Windermere International Summer School must be informed at the time of booking of any medical conditions, learning difficulties or special dietary requirements.
It is the responsibility of students and their parents to ensure they are in possession of the correct documentation and passport. A visa may be required before travelling and can take time to organise, however, we are happy to help with any arrangements you need.
Full terms and conditions will be included with every booking form. By confirming their booking and reserving a place on the course, parents and students agree to be bound by these conditions.
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.