From our humble beginnings as St Anne’s High in 1863 to our modern-day representation as Windermere School, our history is extensive and exemplary.


Windermere School began as St Anne’s School, located in Lytham, St Anne’s, in 1863. The school moved to its current location in Windermere in 1924, when it became St Anne’s School, Windermere. In 1990, the school changed its name again to Windermere St Anne’s and the final alignment with the community came in 2010 when it became Windermere School.


Today, Windermere School is nestled on a hillside within 45 acres of the National Park landscape that has been the inspiration for world-famous artists, poets, and authors, a sanctuary and the antidote to congested city life, a fascination to scientists, a home for adventurers as well as part of the masterpiece of human creative genius that affords us World Heritage status. It is a daily inspiration to every one of us fortunate enough to call it our school. Windermere School spreads over three woodland campuses, Elleray, Browhead and Hodge Howe. These contain all of our academic, boarding and sporting facilities.


Our Junior School, Elleray Campus, is situated within 20 acres of field and woodland, and provides the perfect setting for our youngest pupils to explore and grow. Pre-School children through to Year 6 (age 11) enjoy a vibrant and broad curriculum. We aim to engage the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of our pupils through an adventurous and innovative approach to learning.


Our Senior School, Browhead Campus, covers 23 acres and provides our older pupils with the very best academic, sports, music and drama facilities. The incomparable picturesque views over Lake Windermere provide an inspirational setting for both academic achievement and physical adventure. The campus also contains our three Boarding houses: Browhead (girls 8 -16), Langdale House (boys 8-16) and Westmorland House (Sixth Form).


Hodge Howe is our private Watersports Centre, located on Lake Windermere. Here our pupils learn to sail, kayak, canoe and embrace the spirit of adventure, which is central to life at Windermere School; outdoor learning is woven throughout every aspect of the curriculum. Our unique location in a UNESCO World heritage site means Adventure is not merely an activity at Windermere School it is a way of life.

Your Journey Starts Here

Arrange a private tour to experience what it means to be part of our unique school community. As you walk around, observe the inspiring teaching, outstanding location, and excellent pastoral care.

From Sailing to Science, Windermere School’s size, ethos, and flexibility provides a truly individual education.