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We implement a sound pastoral care structure, where each child is assigned a tutor to oversee both their academic and emotional welfare. In addition, both students and parents can seek advice from the faculty Head when necessary, and the School’s Deputy Head oversees the entire pastoral system.
The emphasis is on open and honest communication. Our students feel valued and have confidence to step outside their comfort zone and achieve things that, at first, they may not have considered possible.
Each of the three boarding houses has live-in Housemasters and Housemistresses to provide stability and a family atmosphere.
Boarding is available for children from the age of 8 years. There are many options to choose, and we aim to find the right balance that suits each child and family. Parents may select from full and weekly boarding, as well as flexi boarding for a night or two each week.
Our three boarding houses offer a home away from home experience, with comfortable lounges to relax with friends, wide screen TVs and kitchens. There are quiet areas for prep, with a schedule of academic tutors each evening providing specialist subject tuition.
Full boarders are able to make the most of their time with us; forging abiding friendships and gaining independence as well as knowledge. Weekly and flexi boarders benefit from the extended day too, with time and space to participate in a host of extra-curricular activities, pursue their studies and socialise with others.
The weekend programme is packed with trips to the theatre, tours of the area, shopping expeditions, plus leisure activities such as bowling and roller-blading. Closer to home, we offer regular craft workshops, watersports activity sessions, sports (including sporting fixtures) and games.
Evening entertainment such as discos, barbecues, quizzes, films and karaoke are a regular feature, with everyone encouraged to join in the fun and games. We do also understand the importance of home life and students are free to go home on weekends whenever they are able by arrangement with their House.
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
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.