Common Time 2019

Winchester College

Academic Scholarships and Exhibitions

For admission to the School at age thirteen. Scholars and Exhibitioners are selected by competitive examination "Election", which usually takes place in the last week of April 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 the most recent Election Roll.

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. 

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.

Candidates for a Scholarship or Exhibition must be 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.  

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 during Election for any candidate who will make a significant contribution to the musical life of the School. In the same way, a candidate may apply to bring a portfolio of his Art work for consideration.   

Those who wish to enter a candidate for Election are advised to read the detailed guidance in the information found here