Social Experiences

Windermere School offers Sixth Formers a fantastic social experience. Whether boarders or day pupils, students are a part of Westmorland House where they have their own study spaces and common rooms, this quickly becomes the base of their social life.

An extensive and rich extra-curricular programme exists for Sixth Form students, as well as a broad trip programme. We believe that trips provide extra stimulation, and we strongly encourage all to take part. It is essential that our students use trips to enhance their academic studies, understand different cultures, spend time together and have fun.

Students have the opportunity to pursue leadership in many areas of Windermere School Sixth Form, from The Senior Council to House Captains, Sports Captains and Round Square ambassadors to name a few. This allows them to focus upon their personal development, improves confidence and communication skills, increases motivation and helps determine a sense of direction.

At the end of the two years, The Senior Council oversea the wonderful Leavers’ Ball to celebrate everyone’s time at Windermere School.

Academic Life

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a holistic philosophy to how Sixth Form should be approached. It centres around a set of core competencies, skills and values which are important to the development of every student and requires students to study a broader range of subjects and consider the links between them, within an international context.

We place an emphasis on independent learning whilst providing close support for students’ encouragement. This independence is developed by tutors in class and by a study skills programme.

Discover more about our IB pathways to success here > 

Tutor Support

Through our small and careful tutoring system, we provide highly individualised support for each and every student. Your Sixth Form tutor will be a pivotal figure in your school experience, maintaining an overview of your welfare, academic progress and co-curricular development, guiding you both academically and pastorally.

Your tutor is also an expert in careers and alongside other members of the Sixth Form team, will provide you with advice and support when making decisions about life beyond Windermere School.

Sixth Form tutor groups include a combination of both Year 12 and 13 students. You can always stand to learn from others, especially those who have varying experiences and perspectives. In essence, your tutor and tutor group is a support network, championing everything you do, ensuring you are making the most of your opportunities, offering advice and helping you along your journey.

Our Sixth Form tutor groups are like extended happy families!

Subject Choice

Our Sixth Form’s unique pathways offer scope and various opportunities for all students. We provide diversity and flexibility and are proud of our rich curriculum. We offer:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)*, incorporating BTEC Business or NCFE Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors)
  • Vocational Pathway incorporating BTEC Business and NCFE Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors)
  • Individual Diploma Courses and/or BTEC and NCFE courses.

Outside the classroom

We encourage all of our students to embrace every aspect of Windermere School life. Academic achievement is only one part of Sixth Form and we inspire our students to achieve more than outstanding grades. An extensive and rich extra-curricular programme exists for Sixth Form students where they can continue to develop the skills and experiences universities and employers are seeking.

A strong co-curricular programme based around over 50 clubs and societies allows Sixth Formers to develop their leadership skills whether it be taking a lead role in the Round Square Adventure Race or in a drama production, captaining a county sports team, or becoming a member of the student council.


Our Sixth Form education provides high-quality careers advice and we hold an outstanding record of helping pupils prepare for a wide variety of pathways. Whether considering university, a higher-level apprenticeship or direct employment, our Sixth Form team offers personalised guidance and support to our students, no matter how certain you are or what you intend to do when you leave Windermere School.

We believe it is essential to teach life skills beyond the academic and this forms a key part of our Higher Education and Careers support. Our students develop self-confidence and are ready to flourish in life. Every year, we feel a great sense of pride in the young people we send off to university and beyond, confident that they leave us with the knowledge , skills and resilience to be successful.