At Windermere School, our Adventure Programme incorporates not only water-based sports but outdoor Adventure. In Junior school students take part in half a day of outdoor learning every week, beginning from Year 3.
Outdoor Adventure includes camping, fell and mountain walking, survival skills, navigation skills and orienteering. Students work towards the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme Level 1 Award. Each child completes their own Adventure Log Book, which is aimed at encouraging and developing children’s skills.
Hodge Howe, our private Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing accredited Watersports Center, is located on the shores of Lake Windermere, only minutes from the Elleray gate. This is a truly unique opportunity that we have built into the curriculum, and as a school we are extremely proud of it.
During the summer months, we follow the RYA Youth Sailing schemes and British Canoeing Paddlepower awards. By the time the children leave Elleray, most are working towards their RYA Stage 3 and Paddlepower Discovery (British Canoeing 2 Star).
During the winter months, students compete in orienteering events and complete their Bikeability Level 2 Award, as well as learning Mountain Leader and survival skills on the Lakeland Fells.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
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.