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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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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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Since September 2021, Peter Hogan will be interim executive head. A head of 20 years standing, he has experience at leading schools both in the UK and internationally. New head will start in January 2022.


Nearly all juniors move up to the senior school, making up the majority of the 11+ entry. The school likes to look for 'potential' rather than performance and 'well-rounded students with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word,' say staff. Candidates for entry (below 16+) sit papers in English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. Year 12 places conditional on a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above.

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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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