Admissions Process

At Windermere School, we welcome enquiries from prospective students and their families of all ages and nationalities.

For all admissions enquiries, from arranging a visit to ordering a prospectus, please speak with the Admissions department by contacting or by calling +44 (0)15394 46164.

The first step is to contact Admissions for a discussion about your educational requirements. An information pack which contains a registration form, fees, term dates and details of scholarships and bursaries is available on request.

The next stage is to arrange a visit. During your visit, teachers and key members of staff will be available to answer your questions, and guests are encouraged to join us for lunch in our Dining Hall overlooking the lake and fells. We suggest that term time is best, so that our guests can see the school on a typical day. Some parents wish to visit initially without their children and arrange a second visit with children at a later date. We are flexible and accommodate to suit preferences.

Infant and Junior (aged 3-11)

Based at Elleray campus, our infant provision begins with Pre-School, which children can start from their third birthday and Reception at the age of 4. It can usually be arranged for pupils to enter in each year group at any time of the year.

Senior (aged 11-16)

Based at Browhead campus, our senior provision is in line with national and international intake years.

For entry into Years 7, 8, 9, and 10, Entrance Examinations are set on English and Mathematics. Candidates will have a short interview with the Headmaster. References from previous schools are requested.

Year 7: This is where pupils begin their first year at our Browhead campus. Many of our students join directly from our Elleray site, along with new students. Familiarisation visits begin two years prior when students are in Year 5.  All interested applicants are invited during the summer term for a Activity Weekend. This is a relaxed opportunity to meet other students that will be at Browhead, and to experience a weekend of fun in what will be a new school.  When students are in Year 6, they are invited to sit Assessment papers and Scholarships which are traditionally held in the January of the academic year prior to entry. Year 9 and 10: We accept students for entry in the GCSE and IGCSE programme. Year 11: For entry in the 1 year GCSE and IGCSE programme a greater emphasis is placed on previous school reports and the interview.

Sixth Form (aged 16-18)

Year 12:  International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students are offered places based upon previous examination results, internal assessment papers and interview. All offers of a place are conditional upon the submission of a completed medical questionnaire.

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