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 sitting Winchester Entrance and Election take a common English paper and Maths paper (Paper 1 in Election). These common papers are at the Entrance level. Election candidates will have an opportunity to show what they can do in Maths Paper 2. 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.
27th June 2022
The inaugural Investor Society’s Dragons’ Den Pitching Night for budding entrepreneurs took place on Thursday 23 June.
11th June 2022
On Tuesday 24 May, the Warden held a dinner in the Lodgings to mark the award of an MBE, given to Tommy Cookson for services to education.
11th June 2022
Following a year-long programme of CPD for teachers run by the Physics department, the annual Festival of Physics will be taking place at Winchester College on Saturday 9 July.
13th May 2022
To mark the end of their collaboration as part of the Empower programme, the College's Creative Writing Society met the pupils from Winton Community Academy, to share their writing and explore different techniques and approaches.
9th May 2022
Currently studying for his A Levels, Oscar has launched a new Climate Newsletter to provoke discussion about climate issues and bring together important, scientific information into one place.
9th May 2022
A new initiative to promote understanding, empathy and tolerance of diverse perspectives in a globalised world.