“There is more in you than you think.” – Kurt Hahn
Kurt Hahn was the educator behind Round Square, the educational and ethical philosophy to which Windermere School belongs. It is a vibrant, global organisation, connecting like-minded and ambitious schools around the world. Round Square believes that educating pupils is more than just developing academic studies; pupils also need physical, cultural and spiritual experiences for a fulfilling life. With over 200 schools across the world to connect with in Round Square, our pupils are able to broaden their understanding, in a global context. As a Round Square School we strive to deliver our curriculum through the six Round Square Pillars – The I.D.E.A.L.S.
Round Square Schools are situated worldwide and within this network pupils have the opportunity to experience exchanges and participate in international service projects with pupils from other schools. There is an opportunity to send delegates to annual international conferences, which are held around the globe. Previous trips include projects to South Africa and Cambodia, and conferences to India and Canada, along with exchanges throughout the world. Life long friends are often made on these trips!
Windermere School prides itself on its internationalism; this means everyone feeling safe and having their say. We have seven different councils throughout the school, where pupil voice is brought to the forefront, including a Senior Council, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Food Committee. Pupils also learn the importance of self-discipline and share in the daily operations of the school.
We pride ourselves on our environment and have many local ongoing projects, where pupils become more aware of the environment, such as water quality investigations and keeping track of the local wildlife. Our pupils learn to love the stunning landscape we are fortunate enough to call home, and are encouraged to add to our environment in a positive, healthy way.
Adventure runs through the veins of Windermere School, be that sailing, climbing, fell running, singing, dancing, painting or in the classroom (having a world class Watersports Centre helps!)
There are many different opportunities for leadership at Windermere School. As well as the committees, we have a Round Square team, who develop and runs many of the activities throughout the school. Pupils are encouraged to come to this with their own ideas and thoughts to develop.
Service plays a big part in the school. From Years 10-13 pupils are involved in service to the community every other week. Each project has an authentic need, whether a local charity or an international community on external service projects. Windermere pupils are aware of the value of service.
Each pillar plays a pivotal part in enabling Windermere pupils to see that they have more in them than they thought!
Extra Curricular Activities
Pupils at Windermere School are never short of opportunities to develop their interests outside the classroom by participating in one of many clubs and societies that operate each term.