The  Cumbria Award programme ensures that talented pupils are able to access education at Windemere School, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. The school, which recently gained a place amongst the UK’s Top 150 Schools in the Sunday Times Parent Power survey, offers awards which can provide up to 75 per cent remission on day and boarding fees for successful candidates.



The school are proud of the diverse nature of the pupil community and Windemere currently welcomes children from all areas of Cumbria to the senior school. Almost 20 pupils have previously benefited from life-changing awards and the scheme is available to children entering Year 7, Year 10 and Year 12 in 2021. Previous recipients have joined the school from towns including Barrow in Furness, Whitehaven, Lindal in Furness, Kirkby Stephen, Holmbrook, Millom, Keswick, Carlisle and Eskdale Green.


Windemere School ensures that academic ability is not the only criteria that candidates are assessed against. Pupils have many talents and highly-qualified staff will be seeking out young people who can make the most of a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities including art, drama and sport.



Candidates for Year 10 and 12 will be invited to attend an assessment on Saturday, 20 March 2021 when they will take papers in English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. There are also interviews with senior staff, but pupils do not need to prepare and no portfolios are necessary.


Head of Windermere School, Mr Ian Lavender said, “The Cumbria Award programme enables the school to share our unique education with capable youngsters from across the region for whom the chance to attend an independent school would otherwise be out of reach. From their first day, children are nurtured and have access to a range of high-quality learning experiences. When pupils leave at the end of Sixth Form, we aim for them to be confident, compassionate and responsible young people with a love for learning who are ready to embrace every opportunity that the future will present.”

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