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So, if you are learning about forces in science, you paddle your canoe on the lake and see and feel them for real; you then replay that in the classroom and (probably) remember it forever. The children who read, wrote about and painted dragons, and then sailed across to an island in the middle of the lake only to find a dragon’s nest and plenty of other ‘evidence’ of dragon life, were undoubtedly ‘engaged and thrilled’.

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What the school says...

Elleray is the Pre-Prep and Prep of Windermere School. We provide an exceptional education for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11. We are located in the most idyllic setting, high above Windermere, on the wooded slopes overlooking the lake and the Langdales beyond.

Maths and English start each day, and Science is the key to the remaining curriculum, which includes Art, Drama, Design and Technology, all major sports and our unique Adventure programme. Children from the Lake District have been educated at Windermere School over a century, together with boarders who join us from all over the world.

We pride ourselves on treating each and every child as an individual. Their academic aspirations, hopes, needs, interests, potential and, most importantly, their enjoyment are at the very heart of our educational process.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.



What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of Elleray Campus

Since September 2019, Julie King. Previously director of student pathways and careers at the senior school since January 2015, a role in which she co-piloted and introduced the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP). When not at work Mrs King, who is from Scotland and lives on site, enjoys taking her two dogs for walks and spending time at her home in France. Married to principal of the British International School Lagos.


Non-selective but children are observed in class for entry at 3+. All pupils and parents meet the head.

Boarding is from age 8.

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Special Education Needs

At Windermere School we ensure that all pupils are able to access a rich, broad and balanced curriculum in order to succeed in fulfilling their potential. This is achieved in a warm, caring and supportive environment, through careful analysis of individual learning strengths and styles. Appropriate support measures are implemented as necessary. These may be in the form of individual lessons with our specialist teacher; support within the class by one of our highly skilled teaching assistants; differentiated work by our experienced class teachers; or, as is most common, a combination of all three approaches.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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