Welcome to Sixth Form - Year 12 to 13

The decision of what to do after GCSEs is an important milestone in the academic career of all pupils at this crucial stage in their education.

For many pupils, their Sixth Form years are the happiest and most stimulating time of their school career as they work towards the world renowned IB Diploma or Career-Related Programme in preparation for university, apprenticeships or the work of work.

Our Sixth Form is not academically selective. We encourage our pupils to be independent and to express themselves by encouraging them to grow in whatever direction they are passionate about. The quality of our teaching, pastoral care the more ‘grown up’ environment is designed to support our pupils in finding the ideal pathway for their life ahead.

I hope the information on this website provides an insight into the life of our Sixth Form and I look forward to welcoming prospective Sixth Formers to Windermere School.

– Elizabeth Murphy, Head of Sixth Form


Offering two years of intellectual stimulation and a wealth of experience and opportunity: the Sixth Form at Windermere School provides ideal preparation for life beyond school.

Being a Sixth-Former at Windermere School means having privileges as well as responsibilities.  Our Sixth Form students enjoy the comforts of their own areas where they can study and relax.  Both Westmorland House as well as the Sixth Form Study Centre are for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students.  Instead of a school uniform, Sixth Formers wear smart business attire.

The Round Square and IB philosophy are infused within each study pathway to help develop each individual into a well-rounded,  independent learner, with a mature, reflective attitude to learning.  By offering the depth and breadth of the IB Programme and allowing our Sixth Form students to become young academics, we believe they will emerge as confident and capable young adults who are ready for the next phase of their education. We aspire for all our Sixth Form pupils to develop the following characteristics though their time with us, known as the IB Learner Profile >


Further information about the International Baccalaureate

Windermere is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-Related Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education. We also offer IB Certificate courses and standalone vocational qualifications, to offer an educational pathway perfectly tailored to your needs.

For more information about the Sixth Form and the International Baccalaureate Programme, you can download our Sixth Form Curriculum and Options Guide below.  If you would like specific information with regards to subjects and choices, please enquire through our friendly admissions team.  For more information about the International Baccalaureate or if you would like to find out what an IB World is, please visit the IB Website.


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Download our Sixth Form Prospectus, Options Sheet and Entry Guidelines.


Meet Our Senior Council

We are delighted to introduce you to our Senior Council for 2023-24

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Sixth Form Opportunities

From careers advice to pushing your limits in the great outdoors

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Learn more about the IB Pathways

Discover your bespoke pathway to the life you want

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Sixth Form Boarding Life

Become a member of the family

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Our Sixth Form programme prepares our students for a complex and rapidly-changing world, reaching beyond the curriculum to give them the very best start after school. Our aim is to provide each young person with the knowledge, skills and strength of character they need to go on and fulfil their dreams, whatever their goals and wherever they choose to forge their careers.

Hear from our Head of Sixth Form about what makes our Sixth Form such a unique place to spend your final years of school.



Use our admissions portal to make your enquiry. This will provide us with all the information we need at this stage and a member of the admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

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