Windermere School

The Lake District, United Kingdom

Established in 1863, we are a boarding and day school for boys and girls from age 3-18. With access to a spectacular greater classroom, we can really live our school motto: Vincit qui se Vincit. One conquers, who conquers oneself.

Cumbria's TOP performing Independent School

Ages taught:

3 — 18

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • International Baccalaureate
  • English National Curriculum


Debbie Bond

Job title:

Head of Marketing and Admissions

Accreditations and memberships:

  • IB World School (IBO)
  • Round Square
  • Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
  • The Society of Heads
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)
  • Adventure Learning School
  • British Canoe Union Approved Centre
  • The Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
School Website

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Our vision is to be the best small school in Britain. We strive for excellence in all things, and to inspire and challenge our students to reach beyond themselves so they leave proud of their achievements. Life at Windermere School is fundamentally fun and stimulates a real quest for excellence, mutual respect and a desire for life-long learning. Our students are well-rounded and motivated to put ideas into action and contribute to a more tolerant and safer world. Our mission is to produce confident and compassionate people. Through teaching excellence, supportive pastoral care and experience of our environment, we encourage individual success for community good.

Windermere School

Senior management

Mr Ian Lavender - Headmaster

School description

Windermere School is situated in the heart of England's 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 UK's 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 child's academic potential, and believe we can offer a truly unique space in which children can grow and develop as well-rounded individuals.


HD tour

Class sizes

Kindergarten average class size:


Reception average class size:


Primary average class size:


Secondary average class size:


Sixth form average class size:


Kindergarten teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 15

Reception teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 15

Primary teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 15

Secondary teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 14

Sixth form teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 9

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • English National Curriculum

Higher education:

100% of students progress to higher education

University destinations:

Cambridge, Edinburgh, Northumbria, Birkbeck, London, Manchester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Lancaster, Humboldt , Mexico, Durham, Leeds, Mississippi, Kings College, London, Swansea, Cumbria, Exeter, Northumbria, Reading,

Sports and extra-curricular activities


Sports and exercise play an important part in the physical and tactical development of students. We place a high priority in offering a wide selection of sports and extra-curricular activity classes to broaden our students’ abilities and enhance their wellbeing.
Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoe and Kayak, Horse Riding, Golf, Archery, Basketball, Volleyball, Dance, Table Tennis, Fell Running, Athletics, Tag Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Netball, Football, Rounders, Hockey.

Extra-curricular activities:

There are many clubs and societies that meet regularly including:
Prop Making, Craft Club, Art Club, Climbing Club, Sailing and Kayaking, Book Club/Creative Writing, Debating Society, Maths Club, French Conversation, Speech and Drama Club.


Admission process:

We welcome enquiries from prospective students and their families of all ages and nationalities to come and visit the school on a day that suits them. Email:; Telephone: Rachel Akister (Mrs) Admissions Registrar +44 (0)15394 46164 (extension 291)

Admission and language criteria:

Years 7, 8, 9, 10, Entrance Examinations in English and Mathematics. Candidates will have a short interview with the Headmaster. References from previous schools. The 1 year IGCSE and GCSE (Year 11) programme, greater emphasis is placed on previous school reports and the interview. Year 12, previous examinations take the place of internal assessments.

Bursaries and scholarships


Financial assistance is available to families with students who attend Windermere School in Years 7-13 (ie age 11-18).


Windermere School values talent and ability in all disciplines in the curriculum. We award scholarships to students starting in Years 7, 9 and 12.

Fees (Annual)



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Weekly boarding:


Full boarding:


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Debbie Bond

Job title:

Head of Marketing and Admissions

School news & events

Further information

Windermere school also runs a highly successful International Summer School

In the heart of the Lake District National Park, Windermere International Summer School delivers exceptional English lessons and activity summer courses for students aged 11 to 17. 

We offer:
•British Council, English Language accredited courses
•Three opportunities to undertake the Trinity Exam
•Small class sizes
•Qualified teachers
•Our own watersports centre
•An action-packed activities programme
•Exceptional levels of pastoral care

Our friendly and enthusiastic activity staff encourage all students to take part. Come and discover Windermere International Summer School for yourselves,

We look forward to welcoming you!

Contact: Peter Brendling, Principal. on 01539446164 or email:


United Kingdom


Patterdale Road, Windermere


The Lake District

Post/Zip Code:

LA23 1NW


+44 15394 88414

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