The aim of our unique admissions process is happiness. We want the right child to get to the right school, with minimum anxiety before accepting a place, and maximum enjoyment after it. Our substantial bursary programme ensures there is financial assistance available so deserving pupils can attend, irrespective of their circumstances.
Our process is therefore human and personalised; focused on potential, not merely prior attainment; and designed to support a balanced and harmonious community. It has its origins in systems designed by top universities and depends substantially on interview. It offers maximum interaction with the school at all times.
The timeline below leads you through the process and includes all the links you will need to register, to book your visit to the school, and to apply for a bursary or scholarship: Election (Academic) or Music and Sports Awards.
Please note that the application date for 2023 and 2024 has now passed and we are no longer accepting new registrations for these years. The application deadline for 2025 was 3 July 2022.
We recognise that families from the state sector may not be familiar with our admissions timeline. If you have any questions or have missed any of the deadlines, please contact our Admissions Team who will be very happy to help you.
Vacancies in Years 9, 10 or 11 do occur from time to time. Please contact us for further details.
We would recommend adding your details to our Enquiry Form which will allow our admissions team to keep you up to date. If you would like to apply now, you can do so now using our Application Form.
Your current year 5 Year
Your current year 6 Year
Your current year 7 Year
Your current year 8 Year
If your son is a talented musician or exceptional sportsman, you may wish to apply for a Music or Sports Scholarship.
In early November you will be sent the Parent Contract and accompanying documents by email. Please sign the Acceptance Form and send the deposit by the end of November. Find out more about the fees and deposits here.
Your son’s place will be confirmed by email. You will then receive our New Pupil’s Pack, which includes all the practical information your son needs before joining Winchester, such as our uniform requirements.
We look forward to welcoming your son, and his successful peers, to New Pupil’s Day. This is an enjoyable day, designed to offer advice and support parents and boys as they prepare to join Winchester College the following September.
Your current year 9 Year
“Happiness is the most important factor when choosing a senior school for your child - we take a great deal of time to ensure that Winchester is the right place for them and for you.”
Andy Shedden • Registrar