Senior Outdoor Education

We pride ourselves on our use of the stunning landscape and our prime location in England’s largest National Park, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our pupils have the opportunity to experience all that the outdoors can offer, and our qualified staff ensure that the Academic curriculum is matched by our Outdoor Education curriculum.

Windermere School firmly believes in the importance of learning outside of the classroom. To this end, Outdoor Education is seen as being an important part of a student’s life. However, our emphasis on the outdoors is more than just learning how to sail, or navigate on a mountain; it is also about enriching the curriculum by adding valuable skills learned outdoors that can be adapted to their academic understanding and knowledge base.

Two unique outdoor education programmes are offered as an integral part of curriculum time. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in the ‘Adventure Programme’, the natural progression from the Elleray ‘Adventure!’ programme. Each year group has an entire morning or afternoon devoted to outdoor education once every two weeks. This programme uses traditional outdoor activities to help students boost their self-confidence, teamwork, self-awareness, social skills and motivation, as well as their academic skills. This includes climbing, mountain biking, caving, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and bush craft.

Students in the Sixth Form can opt to undertake a BTEC in Outdoor Adventure. This course offers the opportunity to study outdoor education and discover how and why it is used as a learning medium and has a strong emphasis for both personal development in leadership and outdoor skill acquisition.

World School
Round Square
Sunday Times IB School of the Year
The Society of Heads
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
An Adventure Learning School
British Canoeing Approved Centre
RYA Champion Club