With a long tradition of educating Forces families, Windermere School extends a warm welcome to children of service personnel, with a reassuring guarantee that fees will be charged at no more than 10% for those in full receipt of the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA).

We are proud to be a sought-after military boarding school with Armed Forces families who seek continuity of education for their children despite what can be an itinerant lifestyle. Our military parents are serving both across the UK and internationally, and we have many families based in Ripon, Harrogate, and Catterick Garrison.

We recognise military life can cause stress and upheaval leading to a fragmented education, however, we are perfectly equipped to mitigate this. With our in-depth knowledge of the military family and extensive experience of supporting through our exceptional pastoral care, Windermere School is the ideal choice for military families whether posted in the UK or overseas. Our boarding houses are flexible to the needs of our families, we want you to see your child when it suits you. So if you return from deployment you can take your child out to lunch, go out in the evenings, or have a weekend visit.

Our swift, online admissions process means we are able to respond quickly and efficiently to overnight changes in circumstances. So, whether you are undertaking long-term planning for your children or you are faced with an urgent decision as a result of an unexpected assignment, please do get in touch with our Admissions Team who will be delighted to support and advise.


As a Forces Family, why choose Windermere School?

• Pay only 10% of fees in addition to the CEA granted through JPA while in receipt of the full Continuity of Education Allowance for boarding children
• Registration fee of only £50 per child
• Fully inclusive boarders activity programme provided throughout the year
• No Exeat weekends
• Free ‘Taster Stay’
• Refer a Forces Friend Scheme
• Sibling discounts available
• 10% forces discount of school fees for day pupils


Refer a Forces Friend

If you refer a friend to us and both you and they confirm the referral and ‘friendship’ at the point of application or registration, we will give you £500 credit which can be offset against extras such as music lessons or trips and thus kept separate from your CEA claim. The first £250 is credited to your account when the pupil starts, and a further £250 credited on completion of their first year.

Exceptional Pastoral Care

As a school, we strive to do more than equip our children academically for the future. Developing resilience has perhaps never been as important as it is now and our forward-thinking pastoral programme has this aim at its heart.

We focus on teaching children how to proactively manage their mental health, how to appreciate and celebrate the community’s diversity, particularly neurodiversity and how to show compassion and kindness within the Windermere School community and beyond. The work of our form tutors, allowing children to experience mindfulness practice or reflecting with them on good sleep hygiene is supported by the work of our new Wellbeing Centre.

Innovative Adventure Programme

Our innovative Adventure programme sets Windermere School apart. It allows pupils to push their personal boundaries and develop the extra skills that are so vital for a successful life beyond the school gates. Generally, but not exclusively, this takes the form of adventure activities – sailing, paddle sports, climbing, caving, walking and biking.

Pupils realise that they are capable of more than they could ever imagine. They are inspired to embrace challenges and become well-rounded, resilient, confident and independent thinkers.

Academic Success

At the heart of everything that we do is delivering an exceptional education for our pupils and ensuring that their development, both inside and outside of the classroom, is the best in the world.

Our small classes and positive teacher-pupil relationships enable pupils to achieve their full academic potential.

Outdoor Education Facilities

We are privileged to have our own Watersports Centre, Hodge Howe, less than a mile away. This unique facility, recognised as a Royal Yachting Association Youth Sailing Club, lies at the heart of our Outdoor Learning Programme.

At Hodge Howe pupils learn to sail, canoe, kayak, windsurf and wild swim. They also learn survival and map reading skills, participate in team-building exercises and gain first aid qualifications.


Boarding at Windermere

Adventure Programme

Our Award Winning Sixth Form Programme


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