On Saturday 29 July, Windermere School parent Helen Westmoreland-Nicholson took part in the Lakeland Ultra Marathon. Helen was taking part to raise £1...
The School operates as both an RYA Training Centre and a RYA Champion Club, representing the two sides of sailing: training and racing. While a number of students have aspirations to represent GB at the highest level, others simply want to appreciate learning to sail and work through the RYA training stages to enjoy sailing solely for pleasure.
We have a number of boats used for sail training to suit experience and size, while our mixed team of boys and girls race in Tera and Feva dinghies. We sail: against other schools; in local races with the Royal Windermere Yacht Club Denis Hopper Series; at RYA North West Traveler races: at Grand Prix series around the country; at the National Championships; and more recently the World Championships.
We believe we are uniquely positioned to take children of all abilities and our highly qualified coaching and sailing staff seek to provide as wide a range of sailing opportunities as possible. Girls and boys may join us as experienced sailors with aspirations to achieve highly, or arrive as novices and will receive equally dedicated support to allow them to reach their potential. We encourage boys and girls to join as young as practical and many of our highest achieving sailors joined us at the beginning of the Preparatory School; we are very proud of this achievement. We have a number of boats used for sail training to suit experience and size, while our mixed team of boys and girls race in Tera and Feva dinghies.
Sailing develops many skills that are transferable to the outside world and would include:
Social and communication skills - confidence in groups, presentation skills, communication and ability to interact with others; working as part of a team and the development of reflective skills.
Organisation skills - planning, prioritizing, goal setting and monitoring; target setting and evaluating.
Decision making - decision making is central to sailing, sailors develop the robust skills of problem solving under pressure, creative thinking and information processing.
Psychological skills - improved confidence, commitment, an awareness and ability of managing emotions and stress, improved task focus, dealing with pressure and adversity, coping with setbacks and target setting.
Sailing as an After-School Activity
After-school sailing activities include: racing against Windermere Royal Yacht Club, recreational sailing, Preparatory School race training, Senior School race training and the School’s “Frostbite” winter racing series.
Easter and Summer Sailing Courses
To take advantage of our excellent facilities and instructors, the school is offering RYA Sailing Courses, for 7 - 16 year olds, throughout the Easter holiday and July. For more information, please click here.
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.