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Windermere School

Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria, England LA23 1NW
Tel: +44 (0) 1539 446164

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Windermere School is in the heart of the English Lake District National Park. Established in 1863, we are a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 3 to 18 years. With access to a spectacular greater classroom, we live our school motto: Vincit qui se Vincit. One conquers, who conquers oneself.

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Word From The Head

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Mr Frank Thompson

A very warm welcome to Windermere School. We are a school that is as unique and all-encompassing as our idyllic location on the banks of England’s largest lake at the very heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Place only makes up one element of what makes our school so special, of equal importance is people. We are a family as much as we are a school, a home away from home for many of our pupils and we achieve this because we care. We have the capacity to care about everyone one of our pupils because of our size.

Small class sizes and dedicated staff that offer wrap around care throughout the school year ensures that when parents choose Windermere School they do so safe in the knowledge that their children will be taken in the fold, a place of comfort, security and belonging.

The final element that I believe makes us such a special place to live and learn is our curriculum and the experiences we provide. In everything we do we seek to challenge and inspire, to find that real depth of learning that we know exists just beyond the edge of our comfort zones. Be that in the classrooms, on the mountains, out on the lake to taking on an opposition team on the sports pitch, our pupils embrace those challenges, they look forward to them, driven to succeed, confident enough to fail and always looking to learn whatever the outcome.

I am so proud to be leading such a dynamic community. We aim for every pupil to be inspired by the challenge, rooted in the land and brought into the fold: empowering compassionate change makers who seek to improve their world.

You are all warmly invited to come and experience the very special environment that is Windermere School, I hope to welcome you soon.

Mr Frank Thompson Headmaster

Open Days, Visits & Events

04-10-2024 - Junior School Open Event 10.30 to 12 noon

We know that the very best way to understand what makes Windermere School so special is to visit us. During your visit you will get to see the school in action, chat with staff, and meet the children that make our school such a special place to learn, grow, and explore.

Spaces are limited on our Open Events, so please email admissions@windermereschool.co.uk to book your place.

04-10-2024 - Senior School Open Event 2pm to 4pm

What We Offer

  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IB DP - International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
  • IBCP - International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Business studies
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Psychology
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Assisted Places
  • Bursaries
  • Dance or Ballet
  • Drama
  • IB Diploma scholarships
  • Music
  • Siblings
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Non-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range3 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£7605 to £17775
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£24120 to £30150
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£25485 to £31335
    Flexi BoardingYes
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    65Full Boarding35
    9Weekly Boarding19
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 30
    Part-time: 16

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University