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 to Windermere St Anne’s and the final alignment with the community came in 2010 when the School became Windermere School.


Today Windermere School is nestled on a hillside within 45 acres of the National Park landscape that inspired such writers as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Overlooking Lake Windermere, and the fells and mountains beyond, Windermere School enjoys one of the most picturesque views in the Lake District and, arguably, the best school view in the world.


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 students to explore and grow. Pre-School students through to Year 6 enjoy a vibrant and broad curriculum, surrounded by our unique and inspirational Lake District setting. We aim to engage the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of our students through an adventurous, and innovative, approach to learning.


Our Senior School, Browhead Campus, covers 23 acres and provides our older students with the very best academic, sports, music and drama facilities. The 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, Langdale House and Westmorland House.


Hodge Howe is our Private Watersports Centre, located on Lake Windermere. Here our students learn to sail, kayak, canoe and embrace the spirit of adventure, which is central to life here at Windermere School.


Outdoor Learning is woven throughout every aspect of the curriculum at Windermere School. 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.