Sixth Form for Boys & Girls
We believe that sixth form should be the most interesting, enriching and academically demanding years of your school life. There is no better place to spend these years than within the motivated and supportive Winchester College community.
Learning alongside like-minded, ambitious girls and boys is rewarding and enjoyable. You will have inspirational teaching in small classes with outstanding resources. This not only produces excellent exam results but also equips you with the skills you need for a successful future.
Each year, pupils join us with the intellectual spark and curiosity to take advantage of everything Winchester has to offer, and leave with the drive and determination to give something back. We look forward to meeting you.
Winchester provides an academically challenging and intellectually stimulating environment in which conversation and debate are encouraged, and individual scholarship is nurtured. You will learn alongside other ambitious pupils who are driven and engaged in their learning. Teaching by subject specialists will stretch you beyond A-Level, offering the perfect preparation for university. You will also take an EPQ, designed to deepen your knowledge in a topic of your choice.
Through our unique programme of non-examined cultural studies, known as ‘Div’, you will explore themes unrestrained by any syllabus. You will learn how to question, challenge, collaborate and communicate on a diversity of topics. Div is what isn’t taught elsewhere and isn’t tested in exams. It prepares you to thrive in the modern world and contribute to a global society.
At the heart of our pastoral provision lies a commitment to ensuring that each pupil is happy and flourishes. Dedicated tutors and learning support teams are on hand to answer questions and make plans that will help you achieve your goals.
An extensive network of staff is available to listen and guide you. Much of your life will centre on your House, where your friends, Housemaster or Housemistress, and matron form your extended family. They will offer you support, help you get used to life at a new school and be sources of advice when you need it.
In addition, there is a fully-staffed Medical Centre, with a team of nurses and doctors, and confidential support is also available from professional independent counsellors.
Day & Boarding
Whether you are a day or boarding pupil, you will find a Winchester week is busy and stimulating. Monday to Saturday, mornings are full of lessons, whilst afternoons are a mix of lessons and time spent amongst friends, playing music or sport, taking part in community service, studying, or engaged in one of the many clubs or societies.
Houses are at the heart of life here. Everyone eats together and there are places to relax, study and socialise. House competitions - from drama and singing, to art and cross-country running - bring everyone together, irrespective of ability, and provide cultural highlights throughout the year.
Nasir joined our Sixth Form and quickly made friends for life. Being on a full bursary never defined him or his experience; it simply enabled him to grasp this opportunity. Hear his story.
We welcome bright, inquisitive pupils, irrespective of background. We have a substantial bursaries programme, which can cover 100% of school fees and additional costs for eligible pupils. If you think Winchester could be for you, we would love to hear from you.
Winchester is home to exceptional talent and achievement across many activities, but it is also about trying new pursuits, from aikido to filmmaking.
Winchester’s sports programme is defined both by variety and excellence. There is an extensive range on offer whether you excel in rowing, running or tennis, or enjoy golf, yoga, or cricket. Our coaching staff consists of many former international players and professionals.
There are numerous opportunities to join one of our choirs, bands or orchestras, and musical performances are part of daily life at the school, with an exciting programme of masterclasses and visiting professionals. Our art teachers are practising, exhibited artists and artists-in-residence work closely alongside them and our pupils. The school’s art collection and architecture, alongside our natural landscape, provide inspiration for many projects.
Clubs, Societies & Community
Sixth form pupils lead the many clubs and societies on offer. These include a diverse mix driven by pupils' individual passions, such as charity fundraising, sustainable fashion, journalism, coding, natural history, entrepreneurship, debating, and design technology.
Contributing to wider society will be central to your experience at Winchester. You may join our cadets and adventure training programme or get involved in community activities that range from helping the elderly or vulnerable, to protecting the natural environment, and working with local primary schools.
We are fortunate to have over 250 acres of beautiful grounds, including water meadows, 52 acres of playing fields, and access to the River Itchen. Our Sixth Form pupils enjoy the freedom to explore the area and spend time in the historic city of Winchester.
Our new state-of-the-art Sports Centre is due to open in 2022. The Music School features performance and recording spaces of the highest quality, 55 teaching rooms, and a music technology suite. The Art School is divided into specialist areas of paint, print and sculpture, with large, well-equipped studio spaces, and a light-filled gallery. The QEII theatre is home to numerous drama productions and you can get involved in all aspects from set building and costume design to lighting and sound production.
Our school was founded as a charity to provide an education for scholars who would then go out into the world to serve society. Those principles have not changed and we are committed to preparing you for an enriched, successful life, with courses ranging from Financial Literacy to how to set up your own business.
Our ‘futures’ programme will help you think about careers and university choices and fortnightly expert panels connect you to the network of former pupils all over the working world. You will receive extensive support throughout your university application. Our pupils go on to study at world-class institutions, including US and international universities, as well as the most competitive UK destinations, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group.
Here to help
The Timeline below takes you through the stages of your journey to Winchester College, including our application form. There are opportunities to speak to one of our Sixth Form Advisors and to visit the school.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch with our Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01962 621247 who will be happy to help you.
7th May 2021
In this year's Wykeham Journal, Professor Paul Elkington MBE (Old Wykehamist) highlights how his work on researching and treating patients with tuberculosis led to the creation of an entirely new type of respirator hood, which is now standard issue at Southampton Hospital and 16 other NHS trusts. Instead of patenting their design, Paul's team put it out on the internet for anyone to copy.
25th May 2021
Last weekend sixth form pupils led a 24 hour music festival, involving performers of all ages and raising over £5000 for charity. They entertained a small live audience as well as parents and friends, via a livestream of the entire event.
28th April 2021
A boy in his final year has achieved a near-perfect score in the UK Chemistry Olympiad, and once again will represent his country in the international competition.
27th April 2021
In this year's Wykeham Journal, former alumni, General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff discusses how a Winchester education provided him with the ability to think outside the box - a skill tested throughout his career.
23rd November 2020
This year’s Recita was a blended affair with some of the performers reciting remotely. Nevertheless, the socially-distanced audience enjoyed a wonderful evening of stunning poetry, which ranged from the comic to the musical to the profound.
7th December 2019
Local pupils joined Winchester College boys for an event specially designed to help them prepare for everything a tough medical school interview might throw at them.