Common Time 2016

Winchester College

Scholarships and Exhibitions

For admission to the School at age thirteen. Scholars and Exhibitioners are selected by competitive examination which usually takes place in the first week of May each year and the Roll of Scholars and Exhibitioners is published on the Friday evening of the same week. About 14 Scholarships and 6 Exhibitions are awarded each year.

The following awards are made on the results of the examination:-

  • Scholarships for College (the Scholars' House);
  • Exhibitions for Commoner Houses;
  • Headmaster's Nominations.

An Exhibition or Nomination ensures a place in a Commoner House, but it carries no remission of fees. Scholars and Exhibitioners are placed on the Roll in alphabetical order. Please click here for Election Roll 2016

Scholars are usually admitted to College in the September following the examination; a very young Scholar may, however, have his entry deferred. The seventy Scholars live together in College. Consistent with the School's commitment to proper use of its charitable funds, scholarships will carry no prima facie remission. However, the Warden and Fellows have power to remit all or part of the fee in cases of financial need. The Bursar will invite parents who wish to do so to submit a means-test application well before the Election examination.

Election to an Exhibition secures a place in a Commoner House but no reduction in the fees. A Scholarship or Exhibition is tenable during the whole of a boy's time at School unless forfeited because of idleness or other misconduct. No boy may hold both a Scholarship and an Exhibition at the same time.

Any boy, whether already in the School or not, may be a candidate for a Scholarship or Exhibition, provided that he is under fourteen years of age and at least twelve years of age on 1 September of the year in which he takes the examination. Although the College Statutes stipulate that the boy should be a British subject by birth, the Headmaster has the power to waive this rule, and normally does so on application. In awarding Scholarships and Exhibitions allowance is made for the age of the candidates.  

The examination consists of two parts:

Compulsory papers:    

  • C1 English
  • C2 Mathematics I
  • C3 Science
  • C4 General Paper I (multiple-choice logical reasoning test).

Alternative papers, of which candidates must take at least THREE:
  • A1 Latin
  • A2 French
  • A3 Ancient Greek
  • A4 History
  • A5 Geography
  • A6 Mathematics II
  • A7 General Paper II

Candidates are expected to sit at least one language paper if they attend a school at which languages form part of the curriculum, unless the school feels there are exceptional reasons to preclude this. If a candidate is studying Latin or French, but is not taking the Election paper, the school should contact the Head of Classics or the Head of Modern languages before Election to discuss the situation. If more than one language paper is selected, they can be in any combination of French/Latin/Greek.

No books are named for preparation. Most papers are based on the appropriate Common Entrance syllabus, although in some parts of the French and Latin papers a wider range of vocabulary and syntax may be found. Credit is given in the marking of all papers to clarity in the presentation of answers and accuracy in the use of English.  

A Music test can be arranged for any candidate who will make a significant contribution to the musical life of the School. In the same way, a candidate may, if he gives notice in writing beforehand, bring a portfolio of his Art work for consideration.  

Detailed guidance can be found here.

Those who wish to enter candidates must apply for entry forms to the:
Master in College, Mr I.E Fraser ief@wincoll.ac.uk.
Winchester College,
College St,
Winchester SO23 9NA
Tel: 01962 621295.

The completed forms must be returned to him by early March and must be signed by one of the parents or, if both parents are dead, by the person best qualified to give the necessary evidence.    

They must be accompanied by:    

  • a certified photocopy of the candidate's passport or birth certificate;
  • a testimonial, stating the period to which it applies, from the candidate's present Headmaster. It is important that something more than a formal certificate should be sent, and that it should include an estimate of the candidate's character and potential;
  • three passport-sized photographs of the candidate

These papers should be sent together, in an envelope marked 'Election Entry Form'. The College is normally able to provide accommodation for some, though not necessarily all, candidates. Applications should be made to Mr Fraser, Master in College, giving as much notice as possible.