It was a great privilege for Windermere School to welcome Lord Baker for the second time. Lord Baker’s first visit was in October 1987, when as Kenneth Baker MP, Minister of Education, he opened the School’s Jenkins Centre, which houses a large music performance space and dance studio.
Lord Baker spoke to the students in morning assembly and, as well as predicting the demise of GCSEs and commenting on the nonsense of examining students at 16 when the law now requires them to remain at school until they are 18, he advised all students to take Computer Science and Coding. As a historian, he clearly articulated the power of technology in changing the economic fortunes of Britain and saw the need for a more technologically based economy.
The visit was organised and facilitated by Mr Mike Dwan, the School’s Chairman of Governors.
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.