Windermere School has a holistic approach to education and values the diverse range of skills and talents of our pupils. We therefore offer a variety of scholarships which identify and celebrate those children who have talents or potential in a number of areas across the curriculum.


Scholarships are not rewarded as a discount in school fees. Instead, they are given as credits to be redeemed against school trips and events which scholars wish to attend. This is to help enable all students to enjoy the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer, whatever the financial means of the family.


Scholarships Available:

Year 7 – 9 – £150 per year

Year 10 – 11 – £250 per year

Year 12 – 13 – £350 per year


A separate application can be made for assistance with school fees but such applications for bursaries are made by the parents to the Finance office. (See below)

The Cumbria Award – External – Year 7, 10 and 12 entry

This award is for students currently attending state-maintained schools in Cumbria. This award is for a student who would benefit from the broad educational experience offered by Windermere School, and the application should be endorsed by the Headteacher of the applicant’s school.

This award is designed to assist those pupils whose family circumstances would make this unattainable without a means-tested reduction of school fees (day or boarding) of up to 75%.  The offer of the Award will be dependent on an excellent confidential report from the pupil’s current Headteacher and a strong potential, as demonstrated in scholarship examinations.

Cumbria Awards given in Year 7 and 10 will run until the end of Year 11.  Awards given in Year 12 will run until the end of Year 13.


The Westmorland Award – External – Year 12 Entry

This is a two-year academic scholarship for international pupils. Applicants should be predicted to achieve at least six grade A*s or level 8/9s at GCSE/IGCSE (or equivalent) and will need to provide school reports from the last two years and a letter of recommendation from their current Headteacher. 

The Browhead Award – Internal or External – Year 10 and Year 12 entry

This scholarship is for excellence within Drama, Art or Music and will run for two-years. A condition of the award is that Browhead scholars are expected to participate fully in the arts life of the school.

Music candidates must prepare two contrasting pieces of a standard not less than Grade V (Year 10 entry) and Grade VI (Year 12 entry) of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

The Hodge Howe Award – Internal or External – Year 7 (Sailing only), Year 10 and Year 12 entry

Candidates for this two-year award must demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of sports or outdoor activities, or excellence in one. Ideally, the candidate should represent the county, region or country in their chosen sport or outdoor activity, and this must be a sport or outdoor activity in which the school regularly competes. The major competitive sports are Athletics, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Sailing.

Round Square Award – Internal or External – Year 12 entry

Windermere School is a Global Member of the Round Square Organisation. The six pillars of Round Square: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service are integral to life at Windermere School.

At the Headmaster’s discretion, candidates who have shown exceptional levels of Leadership or Service in their community are welcome to apply for this two-year award. A detailed portfolio must accompany any application.

Tenure of Awards

All Awards are re-assessed annually and are reviewed on the basis of a pupil’s progress, commitment and behaviour. All scholars are expected to set an example to others in all that they do.

The School reserves the right to remove an award if a pupil falls below the standard expected, in any aspect of their school life. Where the level of performance or behaviour falls below that expected, the School will give one term’s written notice of its intention to remove an award.

Bursary Assistance (UK students only)

If a candidate is awarded a place in the School, but not a scholarship, and his or her family are not able to pay the balance of the School fees, he/she can apply for a means-tested bursary to assist with meeting the School fees.

More information

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