Senior Round Square

The School actively promotes global understanding among its pupils. Much of this work is sustained through membership of the Round Square Group of Schools. This is a worldwide association of schools sharing unique and ambitious goals. The common goal of Round Square Schools is to develop every student into a whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences.

Its origins come from the philosophy of Kurt Hahn, who taught schools that they should have a greater purpose beyond that of preparing students for future study at University. He believed in educating young people for life in the fullest sense and much of this is embraced by the vision of Windermere School.

Round Square programmes help institutionally and culturally different schools work together through service projects, annual conferences, student exchanges and outdoor expeditions.

The IDEALS of Round Square
The six pillars around which the Round Square association operates are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

As Round Square schools are situated worldwide, students share the opportunity to experience exchanges.

Schools organise several student exchanges per year. Most last a whole term, worked out on a school-to-school basis. Exchanges also bring young students interested in a career in education for gap year experiences, working as teaching assistants.

The Round Square network makes it possible to match an exchanged student or teacher to a school. As exchange is popular, each school is enriched by an annual flow of visitors bringing the views and values of other nations and cultures, and by returning students whose perspective on society, education and the world has been deepened through personal experience.

Active participation in the democratic process is essential in Round Square schools. Students learn the importance of self-discipline, and are trained and obliged to share in the daily operation of the school. Each year Round Square schools are asked to nominate candidates for the Kurt Hahn Prize, given to one or more students who have acted courageously to serve mankind or preserve life.

Round Square schools are actively involved in maintaining a concern for all natural environments.

Round Square students are also educated in the appreciation of physical exercise and moral fortitude.

The unique location of Windermere School, in the Lake District National Park, ensures that our pupils place great emphasis on this aspects of the Round Square philosophy.

Students learn that true leadership is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. Senior students’ roles are substantial in every aspect of school life.

Round Square prepares students for life by giving them experience of the privilege and values of service.
Community service in schools and international projects in developing countries all educate students in the importance of serving others.

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Round Square have embarked on a program to establish an alumni database and need feedback from any current or former student who has attended a Round Square regional or international conference, have been on an exchange, or worked on an RSIS or regional project.
Please follow the alumni link click here and complete the questionnaire. Many thanks.

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The Society of Heads
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An Adventure Learning School
British Canoeing Approved Centre
RYA Champion Club