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Windermere pupils might not be dancing right at the top of the league tables but they appear hard-working and happy. It’s not the ideal destination for the child without a cagoule or for whom manicured lawns and extensive sporting facilities are key, but you do have all the amenities of the Lake District at your disposal, so give even those indoor types a month or so and they’ll be away from their playstations and kayaking with…

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What the school says...

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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Geography at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Theatre Studies at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)


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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Mr Ian Lavender MA (Oxon) NPQH. Has a strong background in independent secondary school education, boarding and the Round Square ethos, having been a housemaster at Gordonstoun School for 11 years and before that a chemistry teacher at Cranleigh School and Eton College. He also has broad experience that extends well beyond teaching, including an early career in management consulting and service with the Territorial Army. His wife is a GP and they have three children. A quietly spoken, measured and thoughtful man, parents say ‘he cares deeply about the students.....and is an impressive headmaster’. Now in his sixth year at the school, he is beginning to ‘see things more clearly’; there is no lack of ambition: his vision is that Windermere becomes ‘the best small school in the country’.

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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