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The mansion, which dominates the site, was once the girls’ boarding house from the senior school. Reception is impressive and the décor reflects the ‘deckchair’ stripes of the smart and eye-catching blazers. The small hall functions as assembly space, drama, PE and dining room. In the latter, catering all happens onsite and the nutritional value is overseen by the food and nutrition teacher from the senior site. Parents are local and from further afield, think Grange and Kirkby Lonsdale. Post Covid, some are from the cities, occasionally overseas, looking for semi-retirement in a fresh landscape, in every sense. Form group parents socialise together - gym, running clubs etc. Everyone is so active here, be ready...

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What the school says...

With adventurous learning at the heart of our Junior School provision, children learn vital skills that they take back into the classroom, as well as take with them through life. Whether they are taking part in Forest School, Adventure lessons, performing on the outdoor stage, or studying wind speeds at the top of a lakeland fell, there is always challenge, fresh air and enjoyment.

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. Children from the Lake District have been educated at Windermere School for over a century, together with boarders who join us from all over the world.

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.

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.

There is a warmth, vibrancy, and kindness here that makes it a very special place to learn and grow. We would be delighted to welcome you and your family to Windermere School.
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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

Junior School Headteacher

Since September 2021, Jenny Davies. After training as a nursery nurse, she gained a BA in English with QTS and started at junior school over 20 years ago. Safe to say she knows the school and children very well. Has worked in all years, including up to sixth form in the senior school, but mostly in Key Stage 1. Experience as designated safeguarding lead and pretty much every other role going. Teaches life skills and even manages to make learning about puberty ‘fun,’ according to year 6: ‘Best headmistress ever!’ Parents value her experience. She is ‘very approachable’ and ‘always actions’ any query they may have.

Enjoys dog walking in the mountains with husband and family. Her office has the obligatory magnificent view of Windermere. Light and airy...

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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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