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Windlesham House School

Address: London Rd Washington Pulborough RH20 4AY
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Description Windlesham House School

  • Location: Windsheim, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Founded: in 1837
  • Educational programs: Elementary classes
  • Age of the pupils: 7-13 years old
  • Type of accommodation: residence (board, from 8 years old)
  • Total number of students: 250 people, 200 of them at the boarding house.

One of the leading British boarding schools, Windlesham House School, specializes in studying boys and girls between 7 and 13 years of age. There is both a full-time form of education and a boarding-house for children aged 8 years and over. In addition, there is a special preparatory department for the youngest pupils from 4 to 7 years old (Little Windlesham).

Windlesham House school was founded in 1837 and was originally intended for the studying of children of naval officers (boys only) - this is the first preparatory institution in the country, as well as the first preparatory school, which later switched to a mixed type of education. In its modern building the institution moved to 1934, where it is still today. Today, children from all over the world study here, about 16 different nationalities: about a third of pupils (30-35%) are foreign students, as many are London residents, the rest are children of families residing in the region near the campus.

The school is located in a small village of Windscham - the nearest major city is Brighton, and it takes about an hour to get to central London. It is also easy to get to the international airport of Heathrow and Gatwick, which significantly facilitates the transfer to children. The total campus area reaches 65 acres: these are chalky hills called South Downs (West Sussex, Surrey).

Windlesham House school is the Association of Independent Preparatory Schools IAPS - this means that it has successfully passed the Independent Schools Inspection and is in compliance with all standards adopted by the organization. The standards committee at the Ministry of Education constantly checks the school level of education and services, the conditions for living and teaching, and regularly the school receives the highest scores as a result of these checks. In addition to observing the established standards, the check reveals that the children in the school are happy, enthusiastic about their studies and additional activities, electives, there is a positive and benevolent atmosphere. Here children of any nationality, origin, religion can learn. In total, the number of students is 250 people, 200 of them are on campus on a boarding house.

The main goal of the studying is to give children a solid foundation of basic academic knowledge, a love for learning, self-reliance, and the opportunity to reveal their potential and abilities. Despite the rather intensive curriculum, teachers and educators are doing everything possible to ensure that children have time for rest and personal development, to create a friendly and warm atmosphere on the campus. Richard Foster is the director of the school today, his wife works in primary school. The administrative and pedagogical staff closely watches that children grow up educated and polite, instill in them good manners and knowledge of etiquette, a sense of self-confidence. The school offers a classical education - the curriculum necessarily includes mathematics and foreign languages ​​(both modern and ancient). The main goal of the curriculum is intensive, effective preparation of young students for subsequent studying, to the successful transition to the senior classes of prestigious schools in Britain.

At the same time, one should not think that this is an excessively serious and strict boarding school - one of the main principles is the postulate that learning should be comfortable, and rest - cheerful. Teachers constantly mark and reward students who differ in various fields (academic, creative, sports) - this stimulates pupils to new achievements and helps the weak to reach out for the strong. Children are taught to be strong leaders, independent and diversely developed personalities.

Much attention is paid to the organization of leisure and recreation: there are cycling and mountain biking, playing in the woods and climbing trees, roller skating and skateboarding. Children are constantly monitored by qualified teachers, educators and coaches who are fully responsible for their safety. Each child is assigned a personal mentor: he monitors his academic successes, personal and educational development, full-fledged education - with a mentor it is necessary to meet at least twice a week. Three times during the trimester, parents receive a report card with their child's assessments, once or twice a full, detailed report is sent to the trimester: how the child behaves, what he does, what achievements he has gained, in what areas there are problems and what measures were taken to resolve them. In their free time, children can contact their parents by phone or e-mail, and on the official website of the school there are several blogs (from the director, educators and teachers) - this gives parents the opportunity to quickly monitor all movement of school life, to see fresh pictures of the child, to read important news. Every foreign student is necessarily met and escorted to the airport, followed by his movements and transfer, seeking to ensure maximum security. Each "newcomer" also gets a senior mentor from among the students who helps him to join school life, to adapt to a new life, answers all questions about the school.

The traditions of the Anglican church are still strong in the Windlesham House school: all children attend services in the Church of All Saints (it is directly on campus); If among the students there are especially orthodox representatives of other religions and confessions, they may not attend the temple by prior special arrangement.

The classes are attended by children with different levels of education and abilities, the groups are not divided into "strong" and "weak". Gifted and talented students are rewarded with the opportunity to attend interesting lectures, master classes and creative meetings with invited guests (for example, the famous writers). For lagging children, individual classes are held to correct their knowledge gaps. Classes are usually small, up to 14 people (maximum 18). In the process of teaching, teachers actively use the "multisensory approach" and a large number of experiments and practical exercises - a complex impact on all senses helps the child to be more involved in the learning process, easier to remember and assimilate the material, to conduct cause-effect relationships. Also actively used computer and interactive technology, many textbooks and books are provided in electronic form.

The level of students' progress is regularly checked by various tests and exams - statistics show that the level of education and performance of students is much higher than the average for the country. Every year, school graduates enter the most prestigious private schools in the UK, including:

  • Eaton
  • Stowe
  • Harrow
  • Andel
  • Riddle
  • Rugby
  • Winchester
  • Millfield.

Many students become scholarship holders of the chosen educational institution, and especially gifted even receive a Royal scholarship in Eton!

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Windlesham House School

Program name
from 7 571 £ / term

Students of junior school (3-5 years of studying, 7-10 years) are engaged in a special department of the school - The Junior Department. All the main, key disciplines of the school curriculum are taught by the same teacher, individual teachers are provided for classes in French, physical education and music. Each student learns to play a block-flute or another musical instrument, attends lessons on teaching the "blind method" of typing on the keyboard, participates in the activities of a drama and dance club. For lagging students, there are individual and additional supportive lessons - most often they are required in English and math.

In the fifth grade, students begin to learn Spanish, as well as technology for food and textiles.

The price does not include and is paid separately:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming the place in the school
  • Deposit for studying
  • Supportive English lessons for international students (EFL)
  • Guardianship (the work of the guardian and the services of the profile agency)
  • Air tickets in both directions.
from 9 573 £ / term

6-8 year of education for children implies the study of a wide range of academic subjects and disciplines:

  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Music
  • Natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology)
  • Geography
  • English
  • Art
  • Religious Studies
  • History
  • French
  • Spanish (studied from the 6th grade)
  • Foreign languages ​​(you can choose Latin, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Russian, Norwegian, German).

Additionally, classes in English as a foreign language are conducted - EFL (intended for foreign students and paid additionally). Groups for classes are very small, individual lessons are often conducted: the studying is conducted in an interactive, interesting format - games, competitions, exercises and excursions are constantly organized.

The price does not include and is paid separately:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming the place in the school
  • Deposit for studying
  • Supportive English lessons for international students (EFL)
  • Guardianship (the work of the guardian and the services of the profile agency)
  • Air tickets in both directions.

Accommodation, housing and food

For children who chose to study on the form of a boarding house, rooms are prepared in cozy and spacious residences: 6 houses (for boys and girls separate) are built on the territory. In each house a tutor lives who completely manages the residence: he monitors observance of order, discipline and cleanliness, helps children with solving various issues. Each room is decorated in clean, bright colours - students can decorate rooms with toys, books, photographs, bring their blankets, bedspreads and pillows to create the most cozy home atmosphere. For relaxation there are common comfortable living rooms.

Meals are organized according to the principle of full board, three times a day: children are offered a varied and tasty menu - hot and cold dishes, snacks, options for vegetarians. A team of professional chefs carefully watches to ensure that all products are fresh and quality, and offer new dishes daily. For children with special nutritional needs (for example, for allergy sufferers) special rations are provided, and between meals, children have free access to juices and clean drinking water, to light snacks. Teachers eat at the same table with children and eat the same dishes as students.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : art, design, drama, English, geography, history, maths, modern languages, music, Religious studies
Events list: basketball, Design club, Dramatic circle, Drawing on canvas, football, music studio, netball, Swimming in the pool, tennis

Events Windlesham House School

Much attention is paid to sports, physical development of schoolchildren: constantly conducted various studying, competitions and tournaments. The main popular sports are the following:

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Track and field athletics
  • Rugby
  • Climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Hockey
  • Mountain Bicycle
  • Netball.

For an additional fee, you can attend classes in yoga and fencing, squash and horse riding, do gymnastics, swimming, karate or judo, swimming lessons and tennis for advanced players.

There are a large number of clubs of interest that children choose at their will and visit during their free time:

  • Theater and drama
  • Soft toy
  • Music: playing the piano / cello / goo / saxophone / violin / flute / clarinet / trumpet, etc.
  • Gardening
  • Ceramics and much more.

For an additional fee, preparations are made for the LAMDA exams, different dance styles (street styles, ballet or step) can be mastered, and chess can be played at a serious level.

About 80% of students are fond of music and play one or more musical instruments - the Windlesham House school is one of the best British boarding schools (according to The Good Schools Guide). Special examinations are envisaged, which, like in the specialized music schools, are surrendered three times a year. Approximately twice a year, every musician takes part in festivals, concerts and performances, where he can show his skill level and the results achieved. Students from the first class each week are engaged in dramatic and theatrical art - at least three times a year there are performances and musicals, and their repertoire is quite diverse. In addition to actors, musicians, screenwriters, costumers, sound and light operators, project managers are also engaged in productions, which are also recruited from among the students.

Almost every day, various activities are organized - in addition to entertainment, they help children to constantly improve their language and academic skills, to develop their abilities in various fields. Annually the Week of Awareness and Week of the Book are held, creative meetings with writers and poets are regularly held, a separate Festival of Poetry is taking place, students take part in the historical competition the Townsend-Warner History Prize. The direction of gardening is actively developing: children with teachers constantly work on the school grounds, growing fresh vegetables and fruits for the main school table. In their spare time and on weekends, debates are organized and joint screenings (including 3D and cartoons), Popcorn Nights, barbecues and outdoor picnics. Constantly held sports games and friendly matches, competitions in various sports. On Saturdays, children together with educators often prepare dinner together.

Equipment Windlesham House School

The main building of the Windlesham House school is located in the beautiful ancient palace of Queen Anne, which has remained great until today - inside it is perfectly converted for modern educational needs.

On campus for children, excellent conditions for living, learning and high-grade rest and developmen are createdt. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. Practical classes are often held in scientific laboratories (there are 3 of them). There are separate music classes and a full-format, practically professional recording studio, where you can also process and edit video files. The school has satellite TV, 4 computer classes are working, which are located in a separate Center for Design and IT-technologies. There are dance and sports halls, and artificial turf courts (Astroturf, professional level), there is a private pool, 9 golf courses and 8 tennis courts. In 2009, a new, extensive and modernized library was opened: it is opened every day, including weekends, and is conveniently located in the center of the school. Students are advised to have a Kindle application for reading e-books and study guides, the latest specially developed software is actively used for studying foreign languages, for the EFL course (English as a foreign language).

Windesham House School operates its own medical center - it is opened to children around the clock and throughout the week, including weekends. Experienced pediatricians and therapists, nurses work here. All students regularly undergo medical check-ups, with the consent of parents make vaccinations, offer vitamins and necessary medications.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year is divided into traditional trimester for the UK:

  • Autumn (from September 6 to December 15), vacation from October 23 to November 1
  • Spring (from January 10 to 23 March), holidays from 12 to 21 February
  • Summer (from 13 April to 2 July), vacations from 27 May to 5 June.

The price of the course does not include and is paid separately:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming a place in the school
  • Educational deposit
  • Supporting English lessons for foreign students (EFL)
  • Custodianship (work of the guardian and the services of the profile agency)
  • Flight tickets in both directions.

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 1500 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Usually students of Windlesham House school are children from 7 years. It is possible to apply at an older age, but only in case of vacancies on the selected course. The main course starts in September, but foreign students can start the program in January or April - the last option, which provides studying during the summer trimester, can be called particularly popular. The school is not strictly selective and does not arrange entrance exams, only interview with each candidate - accordingly, the earlier you apply, the higher the chance of successful entry (applications are considered in order of priority).

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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