On Saturday, Windermere School hosted its 155th annual prize day, as around 600 students, parents and staff gathered…
Financial assistance is available to families with students who attend Windermere School in Years 7-13 (ie age 11-18). Bursaries are intended to broaden access to the School, through enabling children from diverse backgrounds to benefit from an independent education regardless of financial means. Currently 12% of senior school students are in receipt of means-tested bursaries, with a value equivalent to 7.0% of the Senior School’s gross fee income (5.5% of overall fee income).
Although bursaries are not normally granted with respect to infant and junior students the Board of Governors does consider exceptions. These may include means-tested awards for existing families, where a significant change in circumstances makes this appropriate, or occasionally for new families. Means Tested Bursary Policy
Who is Eligible?
The School offers fee assistance to parents whose income is such that they would not otherwise be able to pay full fees. Awards are based on children’s performance in entrance examinations and the degree of assistance required. The latter is calculated via an annual declaration of assets income and some liabilities. Bursaries continue throughout recipients’ time in the School.
How to apply for a Bursary
If you wish to be considered for a bursary please indicate this when completing and submitting a Registration Form. Parents who have indicated the need for financial support will be sent a form entitled Statement of Financial Circumstances. This will require the declaration of current annual income and assets, and relevant out-goings. No submission will be considered unless accompanied by valid proof of the relevant criteria.
Any offer, if made, will inform parents of the level of bursary award in terms of the contribution towards fees.
This support will continue for every year in which the child in receipt of a bursary remains at the School. We may ask for a greater proportion of the fees to be paid if your income should rise, but there is no obligation on the School’s part to increase the percentage should income fall; in the latter situation each particular case will be judged on its merits. Each January, therefore, most parents with children in receipt of bursaries will be asked to complete a new Statement of Financial Circumstances.
HMC Eastern European Initiative
The HMC sponsors and co-ordinates a scheme whereby schools can extend fee support of up to 100% to bright students in certain Eastern European countries to enable them to attend the Sixth Form in British schools. HMC undertakes the means-testing and academic evaluation of students in this scheme, in which Windermere School is pleased to participate. By doing so, the School contributes to international awareness, co-operation and friendship that transcends national borders and provides exceptional opportunities for deserving students.
The HMC Central and East European Awards of up to 100% reduction in school fees are available to candidates for Sixth Form entry, only on the recommendation of the HMC Central and East European Project.
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.