The final week of half term proved to be a very successful one for Windermere School. In a…
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.
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.