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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school also offers specialised bursaries, and support for current parents, as follows:
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.
In addition to the support the school is providing to those parents in financial difficulty due to the crisis, we have set up a COVID-19 Hardship Fund. If you would like to support the Fund, further information can be found on the Winchester College Society website. Winchester is proud of the diverse backgrounds and financial circumstances of the parent population, and we are grateful that this is recognised and valued amongst the wider community as a strength worth supporting.
9th May 2019
Winchester College's golf team took part in the Independent Schools Golf Association National Finals over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Following on from the team's success, the school's golf bursary recipient, Oliver writes about a life driven by golf.