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Windermere School

Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria, England LA23 1NW

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
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
65Full Boarding35
9Weekly Boarding19

Number of Staff

Full-time: 30
Part-time: 16

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr Ian Lavender

Windermere School is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school in the heart of England's Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The School is split across three campuses on over fifty acres of land. The Elleray Campus is the Infant and Junior site (ages 3 to 11) and the Browhead Campus is the Senior School and Sixth Form site (ages 11 to 18). These sites are approximately 2 miles apart. The School also has its own Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Watersports Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. In 2018, Hodge Howe Watersports Centre became a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club by the RYA for its race training, becoming the first school in the UK to earn this status.

At Windermere School, we aim to maximise each child's academic potential, and believe we can offer a truly unique space in which children can grow and develop as well-rounded individuals. The School has a long history and a truly modern, world-class approach. Students are given a unique opportunity to learn, grow and develop into confident and compassionate young people. The breathtaking location not only makes for an inspiring educational setting but enables students to make use of what surrounds them; taking part in watersports, hill walking and many other outdoor adventures. This makes for a truly unique and ever busy extra-curricular programme.

Windermere School is an IB World School and was awarded the International Baccalaureate School of the Year 2017/2018 by the Sunday Times. The School is a member of the Round Square Organisation of Schools and this philosophy shapes the education we aim to provide, which is confident and compassionate young people. In the latest inspection report by the Independent Schools' Inspectorate (February 2018), Windermere School received the highest grades for the quality of the education provided; it was recognised as 'Excellent' for both categories: academic and other achievements, and personal development.

Windermere is a thriving, historic Cumbrian community and one of the UK's most soughtafter destinations. It has easy access to major roads, airports and rail, and is safe, secure and convenient - in short, the perfect learning environment for our students.
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    What we offer

    • 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 - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
    • Canoeing
    • Dance
    • Drama productions
    • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    • Horse riding and management
    • Language club
    • Orienteering
    • Public speaking/Debating
    • Rock climbing
    • Sailing
    • Young Enterprise
    • Band/Orchestra
    • Brass
    • Choir
    • Guitar
    • Jazz
    • Keyboard
    • Percussion
    • Singing
    • Strings
    • Woodwind
    • After school club
    • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
    • Experience of expatriates' children
    • Experience of gifted children
    • Experience of international students
    • Experience of services' children
    • Particular diets
    • Rail/Airport services
    • School bus service
    • Hearing
    • Dyslexia
    • Aspergers

    Method of Entry

    • Entry test or exam
    • Interview
    • Report from previous school

    Scholarships & Bursaries

    • Other bursaries
    • Drama
    • Academic
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Art
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • Senior school entry
    • 6th Form
    • Sport
    • Ballet or dance
    • IB Diploma scholarships
    • Means tested assisted places
    • Means tested bursaries

    Curriculum and Exams:

    • AQA
      Assessments and Qualifications Alliance
    • BTEC
      Business and Technology Education Council
    • Edexcel Foundation
    • GCSE
      General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    • IB
      International Baccalaureate
    • IGCSE
      International General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    • OCR
      Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations

    Religious Affiliation:

    • Non-denominational

    Teaching Languages:

    • English
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