There was great excitement last week as Wednesday afternoon approached. The annual Years 3-6 Sports Day was taking place on the field at Elleray. The...
At Windermere, pupils in Years 1 and 2 have weekly Forest School sessions with our Level 3 qualified instructor in our wonderful wooded grounds. From Years 3 to 6 our students experience two hours of Adventure! as part of their timetable.
The School has been operating for a number of years as both a British Canoe Union and Royal Yachting Associating (RYA) Training Centre, and the successful application in 2014 for RYA Champion Club status, now brings the Centre into alignment with the whole school ethos, ‘to be the best small school in Britain’.
During the summer months, we follow the RYA Youth Sailing schemes and British Canoe Union Paddlepower awards. By the time the children leave the Junior School, at eleven years old to move up to Senior School, most are working towards their RYA Stage 3 and Paddlepower Discovery (BCU 2 Star). During the winter months, our students compete in Orienteering events, complete their Bikeability Level 2 Award, and learn Mountain Leader and survival skills on the Lakeland Fells.
Indoors and outdoors at Windermere, we introduce the children to the world of climbing and abseiling by working towards the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme Level 1 (Foundation Climber) Award forming part of our Log Book scheme. Each child completes their own Adventure Log which is aimed at encouraging and developing children’s skills.
At Windermere, our Adventure programme incorporates not only water-based sports but outdoor adventure on the beautiful Lakeland Fells that surround our School. Outdoor adventure includes camping, fell and mountain walking, survival skills, navigation, and orienteering. The Elleray Adventure Award consists of ten elements and pupils must achieve certain standards in each element to receive a Bronze, Silver and ultimately Gold Compass Badge. They record all their achievements in a Log Book. This can be as part of their Adventure lessons or extra-curricular time at School; with their family or with an external provider. All this is being delivered through a unique scheme written by the School, the Elleray Adventure Awards.
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.