Mrs Julie King, the new Head of Elleray Campus, the Preparatory division of Windermere School, says she will…
Boarding is a happy and contented way of life for many of our students, some joining the school as full-time boarders from the age of eight.
The boarding children reside in Langdale House for boys, and Browhead for girls under the supervision of an experienced Housemaster or Housemistress, ably supported by their assistant and academic tutors. We provide a safe and caring extended family environment where boarding pupils can flourish academically, socially and personally. Full and weekly boarding options are available, and where possible, we will try to accommodate flexi-boarding arangements to suit individual needs. Boarding and day students alike are encouraged to take part in the busy schedule of weekend and evening activities.
Boys aged 8 to 16 board at Langdale House, a lodge style boarding house with an impressive common room featuring a timber deck balcony to take in the stunning mountain views.
It is an excellent combination of traditional boarding with modern conveniences with suites, double and single rooms allocated for each age group. Housemaster, Mr Mark Winter and his assistant, Mrs McCallum Hartley, have developed an atmosphere of both fun and structure where the boys are proud and respectful of their surroundings. As in all the boarding houses, full, weekly and flexi options are available to suit family preferences. In the early evening academic tutors are at Langdale to offer subject specific extra tuition which the boys find very beneficial. There is a great social scene at Langdale, with its large common room and timber deck, as well as smaller common rooms for each age group. Boarders are able to make the most of their time at Langdale House, forming lifetime friendships, gaining independence as well as knowledge and with plenty of time and space to participate in a host of extra-curricular activities.
Browhead is the home of girls boarding for ages 8 to 16 years. The suites, double and single rooms are tucked away on the upper floors of our grand main building overlooking the lake.
Each age group has its own common room for relaxation, quiet areas for prep, and well-equipped kitchens. There is 24 hour supervision from the Housemistress, Mrs Dalzell, and Assistant Housemistress, Mrs Monk, to ensure health and well-being. The Browhead boarders have a well balanced schedule, with after-school sports and activities available every day until 5.30pm. After dinner, early evenings (during the week) are spent doing prep in quiet areas, where there are academic Tutors available to offer assistance. Weekends are packed with sports fixtures, clubs and activities to suit all interests. The school has a strong cohort of day pupils, who integrate well with our boarding pupils and take part in evening and weekend activities.
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.