Although the School is immediately outside the mediaeval city walls of Winchester near to Kingsgate, it has always been a part of the wider community and this is nowhere more evident than in its current geography. Ten of the eleven boarding houses are ‘off campus' and are to be found in the streets to the south east of the town. Boys can be seen throughout the day using the streets of Winchester as routes to and from boarding houses, to playing fields, to separately housed departments such as Design and Technology, Geography, Physical Education and Music.
As the School is near the centre of Winchester boys may, during their half rems (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons), walk into town and it is this easy interaction between the city and the School which makes for a special open atmosphere. There are a number of examples whereby this ebb and flow of activity is more School centred - where visitors may participate in school activities such as art exhibitions, music recitals, Evensong, certain talks, drama productions, booked visits to the archives and special exhibitions and where the School moves into the community in areas such as Community Service, whole-school services in the cathedral, visits to local societies, connections with local state schools, raising money for local (and further afield) charities and so on. (Membership of The Friends of Winchester College offers further opportunities to participate in School life.)
The School is represented on the Discover Winchester Committee of the City Council and Hampshire Ambassadors and as a result there are a number of joint ventures.
Instances where our pupils help at Night Shelter, the cathedral refectory, in litter picking from the streets are examples of where the School gives its boys the chance to feel part of something larger than the immediate community of School. Other examples, for instance the RicNic annual musical put on at QEII Theatre for the public by boys at Winchester and surrounding schools, is a less formal mingling of parts. Our termly Symposiums (The Winchester Symposium) with other schools around the country offer boys the chance to engage in serious intellectual exchanges with their peers. There are too many instances of School and Community interaction to be listed. Some are long standing but others may be temporary and short-lived.
Through the Enterprise Department the School provides certain facilities for use of the public - these are listed in the menu to the left. Additionally Winchester provides local schools with access to its facilities and there are a number of joint ventures with the maintained education sector.
Our links with the local community are expanding and new areas of working together are continually being explored.