Claire Booth, international opera singer, and Ryan Wigglesworth, internationally renowned composer-conductor, started off the celebrations with the official opening of the newly-refurbished Crampton Hall on Sunday 19 May. Claire and Ryan performed a vocal recital with works by Mozart, Debussy, Bach and Rossini. The performance brought in an audience from all over the area, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear one of the most talented and versatile singers of her generation.
Earlier in the day, Claire held a Masterclass with a number of students who have shown themselves to be talented singers.
The celebrations carried on throughout the week with a Garden Party at the Preparatory School, the Summer Concert and a social for students in Years 7 -11. On Saturday 25 May, the annual Prize Day took place which was followed by the anniversary Leavers’ Ball which was attended by 230 students, parents, staff and Stannites. The Stannite Reunion concluded the week of celebrations. These reunions are usually held in venues in Manchester or London but with it being the 150th Anniversary, it gave the Stannites the opportunity to visit Browhead and Elleray again and bring back memories of their time at the school.
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.