Our Partners

Winchester College is proud to be partnered with 17 state secondary schools in Hampshire and along the south coast, including:

  • Park Community School in Havant
  • UTC Portsmouth
  • Winton Community Academy in Andover
  • Everest Community Academy in Basingstoke
  • Woodlands Community College in Harefield
  • Bourne Academy in Bournemouth
  • The Bishop of Winchester Academy in Bournemouth
  • Midhurst Rother College
  • Barton Peveril sixth form college in Eastleigh
  • Redbridge Community School in Southampton
  • Cowplain School in Waterlooville
  • The Hamble School in Southampton
  • Kings, Henry Beaufort, Perins and Westgate Schools in Winchester
  • Crown and Manor club in Hoxton

The aim

The Empower program provides a sustained program of enrichment, aiming to raise aspirations and provide unique opportunities to pupils from our partner secondary schools.

The partnership involves visits to Winchester College and to our partner schools. Sessions are led by Winchester dons who are top in their field and passionate about their subjects. Over 40 teachers, technicians and other staff support the program.

This includes:

  • lectures from academics and business leaders,
  • Classics workshops including hands-on sessions in the College museum,
  • sports coaching sessions and fixtures, including at the College boathouse,
  • ecology sessions along the River Itchen,
  • annual mock interviews for 120 students and personal statement support,
  • support for aspiring medics including MMIs, journal club and mentoring,
  • shared economics symposiums, poetry and science extension workshops,
  • bi-weekly maths workshops and a residential maths summer school,
  • online resources including careers talks, lectures, science enrichment and CPD , and  
  • Half-termly Physics CPD with Physics Partners culminating in the Festival of Physics

Our partner schools rate these activities as good or excellent and score the sessions 4.7 out of 5 in terms of the impact they have on students.

The Future

Students involved in the Empower Program have successfully applied for places at our sixth form which has day places for boys and girls.

The Wykeham Award provides bursary support to enable pupils from all backgrounds to join – see our sixth form admissions for more details.

For further information about our Educational Partnerships contact hrf@wincoll.ac.uk.


"For the past two years we have been collaborating with Winchester College. The partnership has provided our year 10 students with a fantastic variety of experiences and opportunities that would not have been otherwise available to our young people. Our students have taken part in everything from rowing on the River Itchen, to attending evening lectures and discussing philosophy with college dons. The impact on our students has been obvious and will hopefully leave them with fond memories no matter their next steps in life."

          - Jack Pollard, Teacher at Park Community School

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the lecture and exhibition yesterday, it was hugely enriching and I enjoyed it greatly.”

          - Alex Germain, Pupil at UTC Portsmouth

“Thank you for all the support and opportunities you are giving to the students at Everest. They had a wonderful time today visiting the college and I always look forward to reading your newsletters that feature Everest.”

          - Hannah Dibden, Head at Everest Community Academy

“Just to say a big thank you for the invite on Tuesday night. We all were captivated and has definitely sparked lots of thought and debate.”

          - Kate Walton, Parent from Perins School

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