How to Apply
We welcome applications from students in our local region as day students, or from further afield in the UK or internationally as boarding students.
Our application procedure may differ slightly for each student based on individual consultations and our personal approach, however, the following is a good outline to follow:
How to Apply to Windermere School
The following is a general guide and may vary for each individual at the discretion of the Headmaster.
- Contact our friendly Admissions department to order a prospectus, attend an Open Day or arrange a visit to the school.
- Visits to the school will include a full tour and introductions to key members of staff. Some candidates may wish to arrange a second or third visit which can include a Taster Day to experience lessons and activities in their current year group, or a Boarding Taster for a complimentary overnight stay in our residential boarding houses.
- Complete a Registration Form to formally register your interest in Windermere School. There is a non-refundable fee of £50 from Reception to Sixth Form. For children aged 3-4 years old, there is a separate form which can be obtained from the Admissions department. REGISTRATION FORM
- Submit a current school report to the Admissions department.
- Applicants for entry in Years 7 to 11 will be required to sit an Entrance Assessment Paper to determine academic levels in Mathematics and English, and whether additional support may be required. The Admissions department will arrange for students to sit papers at Windermere School, or through an approved provider such as an educational agent, or at student’s current school under supervision if it is not possible to visit Windermere School.
- For entry into Year 12 (Sixth Form), a record of GSCE results (or equivalent) and a School Report are required. The Sixth Form is a two-year programme and students are generally not accepted to join the final Year 13 as new students.
- Applicants for our Infant and Junior provision are not required to sit Entrance Assessment Papers.
- International Students are required to sit an EAL (English as an Additional Language) paper to determine the level of additional language support required.
- Children with Special Educational Needs will have a consultation with our SEN specialists.
- All interested candidates are required to meet the Headmaster for a personal interview. This is the procedure for Infant, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form students and will include prospective students with their parents where possible. If the Headmaster is not available, an appropriate member of staff such as the Deputy Head may conduct the interview. In the case of international applications where a personal visit to the school is not possible, the Headmaster may choose to conduct an interview over the telephone or Skype. Occasionally the Headmaster or members of the Admissions department attend overseas educational fairs or tours where interviews may be held locally.
- For successful applicants, the Headmaster will send an Offer Letter to the student’s parents, offering a place at Windermere School. This letter will also include a request for an Acceptance Deposit and the completion of an Acceptance Form.
- To accept an offer of a place at Windermere School, confirmation is required with payment of the Acceptance Deposit and completion of the Acceptance Form. (The deposit amount varies per year group, and is returnable when a student leaves the school pending any outstanding payments. Further documentation is provided with the Offer Letter.) The Acceptance Deposit ensures that a place is reserved for the student at Windermere School.
- The Admissions Department provides Joining Instructions with all the necessary information including start dates, uniform requirements, kit list, boarding information and rules and regulations.
- An invoice will be issued for payment. Fees are due on the first day of each term, or on the first day a student attends the school if joining during term time. There are three terms per academic year.
- After the Admissions Procedures have been followed, a student is enrolled at Windermere School. A full term’s notice is required before withdrawing a student from the school. Further documentation will be provided by the Admissions Department.
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