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.
Boys aged 8 to 16 board at Langdale House, a lodge style boarding house with an impressive common room featuring a timber deck balcony to take in the stunning mountain views. It is an excellent combination of traditional boarding with modern conveniences with suites, double and single rooms allocated for each age group. Housemaster, Mr Paul Ainsworth and his assistant, Mrs McCallum Hartley, have developed an atmosphere of both fun and structure where the boys are proud and respectful of their surroundings. As in all the boarding houses, full, weekly and flexi options are available to suit family preferences. In the early evening academic tutors are at Langdale to offer subject specific extra tuition which the boys find very beneficial. There is a great social scene at Langdale, with its large common room and timber deck, as well as smaller common rooms for each age group. Boarders are able to make the most of their time at Langdale House, forming lifetime friendships, gaining independence as well as knowledge and with plenty of time and space to participate in a host of extra-curricular activities.
Browhead is the home of girls boarding for ages 8 to 16 years. The suites, double and single rooms are tucked away on the upper floors of our grand main building overlooking the lake. Each age group has its own common room for relaxation, quiet areas for prep, and well-equipped kitchens. There is 24 hour supervision from the Housemistresses, Mrs Dalzell and Mrs Monk, to ensure health and well-being. The Browhead boarders have a well balanced schedule, with after-school sports and activities available every day until 5.30pm. After dinner, early evenings (during the week) are spent doing prep in quiet areas, where there are academic Tutors available to offer assistance. Weekends are packed with sports fixtures, clubs and activities to suit all interests. The school has a strong cohort of day pupils, who integrate well with our boarding pupils and take part in evening and weekend activities.
Windermere School is now offering a full range of Guardianship Services which are aimed at providing our international students with safe and secure School managed, ‘home accommodation’ and an enhanced care and support provision. Parents who take up this option overcome the sometimes difficult responsibility of supporting a child whilst residing in another part of the world, with the knowledge that the entire service is operated by the School and no agencies are involved. Host families within South Lakeland are available to look after our International Students, as required and each are vetted to very high standards. For more information regarding our Guardianship Services, please contact the guardianship department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
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.