Windermere School is currently celebrating its seventh year of International Baccalaureate results. Forty-seven students sat the IB of which forty-five were full IB Diploma candidates and the school average was 32, which carries more university tariff points than three A*s at A-level. Sixteen students gained 34 or more points. Three students scored 40 points or more. Namely, Jakub Krys 43, Maria Dudakova 42 and Roshani Amin 40.
The School was also recently informed that it won three awards in the 2014 Good Schools Guide:
The Headmaster, Ian Lavender, said, ‘I am delighted with the individual results because it represents the culmination of much hard work on behalf of the students and staff. To see students achieve beyond what they thought was possible, is a wonderful experience. It is also flattering to be recognised nationally for the quality of our teaching and students apply here because of the level of individual care and because we try to find the right pathway for every student.’
‘The School is committed to providing as many educational opportunities as it can and, whilst the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is only one of the courses available in the Sixth Form, as it provides unparalleled access to British and overseas universities. Overseas universities are increasingly attractive to our students, in many cases because they are cheaper, and one local student, Lucy Yearsley, achieved an excellent 36 points enabling here to attend the University of British Columbia in Canada.’
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
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.