Windermere School is in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Established in 1863, we are a boarding and day school for boys and girls from age 2 to 18. With access to a spectacular greater classroom, we can really live our school motto: Vincit qui se Vincit. One conquers, who conquers oneself.
The philosophy of the School centres on the individual within the community. A nurturing environment exists, with extremely supportive staff and pupil relationships set against a culture of challenge. This helps create a caring, lively, family atmosphere with mutual trust and respect within the school. Amongst the pupils, this ethos produces independence, individual responsibility, and a sense of adventure towards discovery and learning. This equips pupils with not only the skills for teamwork and leadership but also a sense of citizenship and a genuine desire for global understanding.
Windermere School has probably one of the most enviable locations for a school. Situated above the lake of Windermere overlooking the central fells of Cumbria. The school is set in over sixty acres of wooded grounds.
The school campus is equipped with a Sports Hall, Astro Pitch and Sports Field, an IT suite, Sixth Form Study Centre along with newly refurbished classrooms.
The Jenkins Centre for the Performing Arts contains the Dance Studio, specialist music and practice rooms, the Holst Recital room whilst the drama studio is in the main building. Music, Dance and Drama productions take place in the 300-seat theatre in Crampton Hall. The Art Studio is equipped with a suite of rooms for Fine Art, Ceramics, Textiles, Computer Design and Digital Film Making.
Windermere School and Windermere Preparatory School benefit from their own lakefront watersports centre, Hodge Howe, which is located right on the shores of Windermere. It is only minutes from the two main campuses and provides a wide range of opportunities for pupils during the school's timetabled curriculum, and as part of the extra-curricular activity programme in the evening and at weekends. Windermere School is a recognised Royal Yachting Association teaching centre and in 2014 the School was awarded RYA Champion Club status for its race training and is the only School in the UK to receive this status.
As well as orchestras, sports teams, choirs and outdoor pursuits there is a wide range of activities provided outside the academic curriculum. The diversity is reflected in interests pursued - from Science Club to Golf, Dance to Archery, Debating to Horse Riding and Tennis to Art Club.
Windermere Preparatory School takes children aged from 2 – 11, with boarding available from age 8.