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The non-selective policy leads to a wide ability range and staff say ‘development of character’ is prioritised. The co-curricular offer plays a key role in preparing them for adult life. Rugby is just starting up, courtesy of the head. Facilities and small roll make it difficult to take on the big sports schools, but they have a go, even if it means mostly away fixtures. A new equestrian team has...

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Windermere School is situated in the heart of Englands Lake District. The rugged beauty of the landscape not only makes for an inspiring educational setting but enables students to make use of what surrounds them, taking part in watersports, mountain biking and many other outdoor adventures. This makes for a truly unique and ever busy extra-curricular programme.

The School even boasts its very own RYA (Royal Yachting Association) accredited watersports centre and boathouse on the shores of Lake Windermere. Windermere is a thriving, historic Cumbrian community and one of the UKs most sought-after 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.

At Windermere School, we aim to maximise each childs academic potential, and believe we can offer a truly unique space in which children can grow and develop as well-rounded individuals.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2023, Frank Thompson, previously head of three schools – S. Anselm’s in Bakewell, Stoke College in Suffolk and Kilgraston in Perth. He was deputy head of Mount St Mary’s College in Derbyshire and director of admissions at Ampleforth College and has taught economics and business studies in the state and independent sectors.

He has an MA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, a PGCE from the Institute of Education, UCL, and an NPQH from the National College for School Leadership.


Non-selective. It’s all about character and potential and there are no entrance tests. A tour, taster visit, interview, references from current school and the right aptitude are required. English and maths online assessments for some international applicants. For those in the junior school a few hundred yards along the lakeside,...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

We cater/respond to a variety of special needs ranging from dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Aspergers. The SENCO is a specialist teacher and assesses for exam arrangements for GCSE, A levels and IB external exams. However, we do not aim to 'specialise' in these difficulties but have become proficient at recognising pupils experiencing difficulties and identifying their needs. Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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