Winchester Entrance is designed to give all candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their academic potential, irrespective of their previous educational setting.
The majority of candidates will undertake the Winchester Entrance exam in the April/May of Year 8, either at their own school or at an approved centre.
We recognise that candidates from the maintained sector will have followed KS3 of the National Curriculum, rather than the Common Entrance syllabus, and we very much welcome their applications.
All candidates sit papers in English and Maths. All boys sitting Winchester Entrance and Election take a common English paper and Maths paper (Paper 1 in Election). Find out more about Election.
Candidates from prep schools must also sit papers in Science, Geography and History. Where a candidate has studied Latin and/or French in prep school they must also undertake that exam. If a candidate has studied Spanish or German in place of French then they may choose to sit an alternative paper in that language. Candidates may also choose to sit the Greek paper.
Candidates from maintained schools may take the full range of papers should they wish but the prime requirements are Maths and English.
We have reformed the Entrance exam to be more accessible to pupils from different academic backgrounds. However the exam remains challenging, with some of the questions designed to be particularly stretching. As 2021 will be the first year when candidates sit the new exam, the following specimen papers have been designed as examples of what a typical exam might look like.
Whilst the exams have changed this year, past papers remain a helpful way of preparing. They still give a good indication of the level and difficulty of typical questions. Therefore they will help candidates know what to expect. A full range of past papers is provided via the links below.
Parents and teachers preparing candidates for Winchester Entrance who need guidance and support can email the Registrar’s office who may direct their queries to the appropriate Head of Department if needed.
9th August 2021
Congratulations to Brandon Chan who came 3rd worldwide in the independent open category at the International Economics Olympiad this summer.
25th January 2022
A Winchester pair triumphed in the inaugural Nehru Cup debating competition, having fought hard in the rounds alongside their teammates. The motion for the final debate was 'This House Would Admit Ukraine to NATO'.
8th December 2021
Winchester recently hosted the two-day final of an annual funding competition for LSE's aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build a socially-responsible business. In collaboration with Makyth Ventures, the event featured keynote presentations on leadership and venture building, and opportunities for Winchester pupils to speak, network and attend live funding pitches.
29th November 2021
All Sixth Form pupils at Winchester pursue an EPQ research project, which gives them freedom to pursue their own interests and become experts in their chosen field. For his extended research project, Sixth Form pupil Adrien Joly chose to investigate the likelihood of a currency crisis in Turkey.
25th November 2021
Winchester College's new entrepreneurship hub, Makyth Ventures will play host to the most promising entrepreneurs from London School of Economics for their annual LSE Generate Funding Competition Final.
15th November 2021
This term we introduced Computer Science at Winchester College, initially to GCSE pupils with an A-Level to be offered in due course. Head of Computer Science, Mr Peter Mapstone, explains how a combination of rigorous academic application and opportunities outside of the classroom will prepare pupils for careers of the future.