Welcome to Junior School - Pre-School to Year 6

With adventurous learning at the heart of our provision, children learn vital skills that they take back into the classroom, as well as take with them through life. Whether they are taking part in Forest School, Adventure lessons, performing on the outdoor stage, or studying wind speeds at the top of Orrest Head, there is always challenge, fresh air and enjoyment.

There is a warmth, vibrancy, and kindness at Elleray that makes it a very special place to learn and grow. I would be delighted to welcome you and your family to Elleray, Windermere School.


– Jenny Davies, Head of Elleray 


Our Junior School for children aged 3-11 years, is situated on the glorious Elleray estate. We aim to care for your child in an environment where education is not just a journey, it is an adventure!


As well as our innovative curriculum, which is designed to develop articulate and confident children, the one thing that makes our Junior School truly special is the children themselves. The unique family atmosphere is evident the moment you walk through our blue front doors. Our children are proud of their school family and learn to look after themselves, and each other, within our caring community.


Windermere School staff are inspired by the curiosity and thirst for learning that each child, regardless of their academic ability, naturally holds within themselves. Our task is to encourage each child to grow and learn. We allow them to ask ‘why’, to experiment, to challenge, to discover, and to innovate.


Language, literacy, and numeracy are fundamental but learning how to understand and translate ideas into action are essential life skills, that will sustain a lifetime of learning and prepare children as they grow through their education.

A Learning Adventure

The outdoors is as important as the indoors and both environments complement each other displaying natural resources and places in which to play, learn and discover. The children also benefit from discovering our beautiful grounds and do so regularly on welly walks and by using our Forest School. We are lucky enough to have a private watersports centre on the edge of Lake Windermere which the children use regularly from Year 3 onwards.

Small class sizes

Small class sizes enable our lively, energetic teachers to quickly form close relationships with children and parents. The broad curriculum offers children the opportunity to develop interests in a wide variety of subjects and to begin taking important steps to developing self-esteem and confidence in their ability to learn.

A love of learning

A love of learning and an enthusiasm for challenges produces confident, highly motivated pupils who arrive every morning with a smile.

It has been known that they even count the days off in the holidays until it is time to come back to school! 

The opportunity to have fun

The children spend their days in well-equipped, bright classrooms or enjoying the extensive grounds that Windermere has to offer.

If children are happy and feel secure in a stimulating and active environment they are more likely to embrace the challenges and possibilities that a school like Windermere provides.

A high staff to pupil ratio

Windermere is a deliberately small school.

Pupils are known and cherished for who they are, every family is a vital part of our community and the voices of everyone are heard.

Our classes are small, our pupils are happy, our education is bespoke and the results are stunning.


Use our admissions portal to make your enquiry. This will provide us with all the information we need at this stage and a member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

To get started, simply click on the link below: 

Pre-School and Reception

30 Free Funded Hours

Junior Boarding

Moving Up to Senior School