Our founder, William of Wykeham, revolutionised education. A visionary philanthropist, he established Winchester to provide a transformative education for boys, setting them on paths that would have been inconceivable without such an opportunity. Winchester continues to educate the brightest boys and to embody this spirit of inclusion, welcoming pupils from diverse cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Whilst it is a privilege to study at Winchester, you do not have to be privileged to come here. Many families make significant financial sacrifices to enable a Winchester education. For others the financial barriers may be insurmountable. This is why we have a substantial bursary programme. Bursaries are rigorously means-tested and may cover from 10% to 100% of the fees, with additional support for trips, books and equipment.

Nasir's Story

Nasir joined the school in the Sixth Form and quickly made friends for life. Being on a full bursary didn't define him or his experience: it simply helped him to grasp the opportunity.

Although you would not be able to tell walking around the school, there are already 120 pupils on bursaries at Winchester – nearly 20% of the pupil body. Our programme is one of the most generous in the country with the ambition of ensuring access for the most talented pupils who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Winchester has always attracted academic, ambitious, creative and innovative pupils. As a school, we are committed to tackling inequality of access and supporting boys who will thrive here, and benefit most, to join our school community, regardless of their financial position.

If you have any questions about the programme or eligibility, or want to find out more about the application process, please contact our bursary team on +44(0)1962 621138 or by emailing bursaries@wincoll.ac.uk.

The school also offers specialised bursaries, and support for current parents, including Golf Bursaries. Thanks to generous donations by alumni, Winchester is able to offer bursarial assistance to academically able boys and talented golfers, whose parents need financial assistance to meet the fee. Read more about one of the recipients of the golf bursary


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