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During the first compulsory school year, children develop quickly and our Early Years team aim to do all they can to help your child have the best possible start. It is a very important stage in a child's education as the foundations for future learning and successes are put in place, including confidence and igniting the enquiring mind. We welcome children that are eligible for Funded Hours throughout their Reception year.
Once a child enters Reception the curriculum focuses on the 3 Prime areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development as well as the Specific Areas: Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. With their own outdoor provision, children in Reception thrive and are ready and confident for entering the next phase of schooling starting in Year 1.
At the end of the EYFS, our Reception teacher completes an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over their time in Reception.
Checking the progress of your child at this stage, coupled with plenty of informal assessment and progress records along the way provides the Year 1 teacher with plenty of knowledge and understanding of current strengths and areas that need further development or specific support. This is the beginning of their personalised pathway through a Windermere education, ensuring that their academic, creative and physical development is uninhibited and their individual character and personality allowed to blossom.
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.