OFF THE PRESS: It’s been a summer of sailing to remember for Windermere School, with several of its students beginning the new academic year as Nation...
Windermere School firmly believes in the importance of learning outside of the classroom. To this end, Outdoor Education is seen as being an important part of a student’s life. However, our emphasis on the outdoors is more than just learning how to sail, or navigate on a mountain; it is also about enriching the curriculum by adding valuable skills learned outdoors that can be adapted to their academic understanding and knowledge base.
Two unique outdoor education programmes are offered as an integral part of curriculum time. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in the Adventure Programme, the natural progression from the Elleray Adventure! programme. Each year group has an entire morning or afternoon devoted to outdoor education once every two weeks. This programme uses traditional outdoor activities to help students boost their self-confidence, teamwork, self-awareness, social skills and motivation, as well as their academic skills. This includes climbing, mountain biking, caving, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and bush craft.
Students in the Sixth Form can opt to undertake a BTEC in Outdoor Adventure. This course offers the opportunity to study outdoor education and discover how and why it is used as a learning medium and has a strong emphasis for both personal development in leadership and outdoor skill acquisition.
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.