We are all aware of the profound psychological, emotional and physical benefits of spending time in the fresh air. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average individual spends 87% of their life indoors, plus another 6% in a vehicle. That’s only 7% of your entire life spent outdoors. Many children spend their schooldays indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of computers, then return home to bask in the glow of television screens.


At Windermere School we seek to provide the perfect physical and mental setting, allowing students to escape the everyday pressures and walk, run, play, learn or simply be, within our glorious surroundings. Our innovative Adventure and Outdoor Learning Programmes nurture those ‘hard to measure’ life skills that we believe are so important in children’s education: self-awareness, independence, motivation, confidence, empathy and resilience.


Adventure is just that. Adventure. Whether it is sailing, climbing or navigation, Adventure allows each of our students to push their personal boundaries, problem solve, and develop a growth mindset.



Adventurous Learning takes the curriculum outdoors and into our amazing local UNESCO environment, whether that is the School grounds or the wider area. Geography becomes real, and Science is linked to the preservation and conservation of the environment. English might involve a trip to Rydal Caves to strengthen the use of ‘spooky’ adjectives, or taking a poetry lesson under the old oak trees. This makes learning more memorable, so that our students are participating more actively in their own education.



The Forest School site is located within the nearly 20 acres of Lake District landscape that make up Windermere School’s Elleray Estate.

There are small trees and bushes to climb, magical places to hide, spaces for den building, secret passageways through shrubbery and a log circle for telling stories, singing songs and eating toasted marshmallows!



We are incredibly fortunate to have our own private Watersports Centre, Hodge Howe, less than a mile away from the School gates. The Centre has been awarded British Youth Sailing Recognised Club status by The Royal Yachting Association, for the quality of its race training. It comprises of two boathouses, a private beach, and a pavilion with a classroom, offering the perfect location for learning to sail, kayak, canoe or windsurf.



The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, with over 438000 young people currently doing their DofE in the UK.

DofE is a life-changing experience that offers the opportunity to discover new interests and talents. It’s a tool through which you can develop essential skills for life and work, and a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.