Windermere School

Windermere School is a coeducational, day and boarding school for ages, 3-18 in the heart of the English Lake District National Park. With access to a spectacular greater classroom, we can really live our school motto: Vincit qui se Vincit. One conquers, who conquers oneself. Windermere School offers students an outstanding education that combines academic achievement with a host of extra-curricular activities, all underpinned by a spirit of adventure.

Patterdale Road
LA23 1NW

+44 (0)1539 446164

Contact email

Visit our website

View our school partnerships

Contact school

ISC associations: The Society of Heads, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: All Faiths

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 328

Windermere School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£7,980 to £11,995

Day fees per term:
£300 to £6,730

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
943 / 6008

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 19 (128)

Boarding: 8 to 19 (45)

Sixth Form: (37)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 19 (114)

Boarding: 8 to 19 (41)

Sixth Form: (33)

View inspection report for this school `

Additional Information

Windermere School is nestled on a hillside within 45 acres of the National Park landscape that inspired such writers as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the fells and mountains beyond, Windermere School enjoys one of the most picturesque views in the Lake District and, arguably, the best school view in the world.

Outdoor Learning is woven throughout every aspect of the curriculum at Windermere School, with Adventure not merely being an activity, but a way of life.

Hodge Howe is our Private Watersports Centre, located on Lake Windermere. Here our students learn to sail, kayak, canoe and embrace the spirit of adventure, which is central to life here at Windermere School.

The beauty of our location, expertise of our staff, and wealth of facilities are enhanced by our size. Windermere is a deliberately small school. Pupils are known and cherished for who they are, every family is a vital part of our community and the voices of everyone are heard. Our classes are small, our pupils are happy, our education is bespoke, and the results are stunning.

It is a rare privilege to be part of a school with Windermere’s history and potential. We invite you to take a closer look and would be delighted to welcome you and your family to our school.

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

Scholarships have the following values:

Years 7 – 8: £150 per year

Years 9 – 11: £250 per year

Years 12 – 13: £350 per year

Scholarships are not paid as cash or given as reductions in the school fees. They are given as credits to be
redeemed against school trips. This is to help enable all students to enjoy the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer, whatever the financial means of the family. A separate application can be made for assistance with school fees but such applications for bursaries are made by the parents to the Finance office.

At Windermere School we offer Academic Scholarships for entry into Years 7, 9 and 12, and Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music and Sport Scholarships for entry into Years 9 and 12. We also offer an International Scholarship for entry into any year and a Round Square Scholarship for entry into Year 12. All candidates for Scholarships must be present at Windermere School on the appropriate Scholarship Day, except those applying for the International or Round Square Scholarships.

The Headmaster will interview all candidates for Academic Scholarships. In some cases, these interviews may take place in the candidate’s current school. These interviews will be conducted within two weeks of the date of the examinations.

The Scholarship deadlines take place at the end of January each year. Please see our website for more information.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies