Windermere School offers pupils an education that combines academic achievement with a host of extra-curricular activities, all underpinned by a spirit of adventure.
Our traditions and ethos create a supportive community within the school, where strong relationships exist between staff and pupils. Each pupil is known as an individual and this allows us to offer exceptional pastoral care.
Pupils often tell us that when they join the school, there is a tangible sense of being somewhere truly unique and incredibly special.
The World’s Most Inspiring Classroom
Nestled on a hillside within 45 acres of the National Park landscape that inspired such writers as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, Windermere School enjoys one of the most picturesque views in the Lake District, and arguably, the best school view in the world.
Our three woodland campuses (including our private Watersports Centre) contain all of our academic, boarding and sporting facilities.
Windermere School is a small school within which every individual can find their place.
With an average class size of 12 across all sections of the school, and a teacher to child ratio of 1:8, a personalised approach to learning and exceptional pastoral care is not just possible, but the norm.
An Adventurous Education
Adventure is not merely an activity at Windermere School, it is a way of life.
Outdoor Learning is woven throughout every aspect of the curriculum, particularly within the Junior School where 40% of all learning takes place outside of the classroom. These experiences nurture ‘hard to measure’ life skills such as self-awareness, independence, motivation, confidence, empathy, resilience and determination, building a growth mindset within our pupils.
The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is a rigorous two year, internationally recognised qualification taking the place of A-Levels.
Pupils open the door to their future confident that their education has transcended pure academics, and equipped them with the key transferable life skills necessary for all aspects of life beyond the school gates.
Private Watersports Centre
We are privileged to have our own Watersports Centre, Hodge Howe, less than a mile away. This unique facility, recognised as a Royal Yachting Association Youth Sailing Club, lies at the heart of our Outdoor Learning Programme.
At Hodge Howe pupils learn to sail, canoe, kayak, windsurf and wild swim. They also learn survival and map reading skills, participate in team-building exercises and gain first aid qualifications.
Windermere School Welcomes the World
As a Round Square School, we are delighted to welcome international pupils of all ages and pride ourselves on our diversity and international mindset, with an average of 25 nationalities within the school at any one time. Our pupils discover and embrace similarities and differences between countries and cultures, promoting lasting, transnational, understanding and respect.