For Headmaster of Windermere School, Ian Lavender, the sailing provision at the school offers so much more than just a chance to get out on the water. The attributes required to be successful in a boat also apply in the classroom.
Says Mr Lavender; “Sailing promotes confidence and teamwork. It puts our pupils in situations where they may have to cope with sudden change, where, to be successful, they may have to revise their strategy. The same is true in the classroom. Our recent increase in levels of academic attainment, not to mention being recognised as the IB School of the Year, should come as no surprise.
Our best sailors, for example, manage their diets and fitness with real care and it is this increased focus which can help them in many other areas, including examination success.
I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to achieve British Youth Sailing status, in particular Graeme Rowe, who continues to inspire the sailors at Windermere School. BYS status represents an amazing opportunity for so many of our pupils and I look forward to many more successes, both on the water and in the classroom.”