We are delighted to report that we have had our best top results at GCSE for twenty years , with 58.5% of students gaining A* or A (9 – 7) grades. Overall, 93.3% of the results grades were graded A*- C.
The GCSEs offered at Windermere School are gradually being reformed in an attempt to make them more rigorous. As this happens, the grading system is changing from A* – G to 9 – 1. Levels 8 and 9 correspond to A* and A** respectively and a level 4 corresponds to a grade C. In combination with many independent schools, Windermere enters students for GCSEs in some subjects and IGCSEs in others.
Five students obtained perfect scores, obtaining either A*s or level 9s across the board, in all of their subjects. These students obtained the equivalent of forty-seven A*s between them. From these five students, four of them had been at Windermere School from the Infant and Junior site, Elleray Campus. This is testament to the level of education throughout Windermere School, along with the support and guidance given to every student, at both our Elleray Campus (Infant & Junior site) and our Browhead Campus (Senior School & Sixth Form). The top seven students obtained sixty-two A*s between them.
Following all of this incredible success throughout the past year, we are very pleased to report that, as of today, the Senior School roll this September is expected to be the highest it has been for the last twenty years, with more than half of the students living in Cumbria. Just over 80% of the roll is British. Congratulations go to the staff for facilitating these results and their exceptional work over the last twelve months. Our recognition by The Sunday Times as the International Baccalaureate School of the Year came before a superb inspection report in the Spring and we have now finished the year with some excellent examination results.
We were thrilled that reporters from The Westmorland Gazette attended the GCSE Results Morning to report on the students’ exceptional results.
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.