Headmaster's Welcome

Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham in 1382, is one of the world’s most famous and distinguished schools. The school is defined by its motto, Manners Makyth Man. 

This motto is hundreds of years old but has a surprisingly modern spirit. Its sentiment is that we should be measured not by birth but by our personal qualities, a surprisingly meritocratic sentiment for a school that was founded in 1382. 

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School history and traditions

Winchester College is one of the country’s oldest surviving schools. The richness of its heritage and the legacy of its founder are appreciated by every boy who comes here.

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Archives, Libraries and Treasury

A unique collection of art, objects and manuscripts

Few boys can claim to have sung from one of Elizabeth I’s own songbooks, or to have studied Shakespeare from a first folio. A great many treasures, from ancient vases to modern artworks, are to be found and experienced first-hand at Winchester.

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The school board and its policies

 The ultimate responsibility for Winchester College lies with its Governing Body, known as the Warden and the Fellows.

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Encouraging humanitarianism

Understanding different cultures and cultivating a sensitivity to the world around you has always been the foundation of a Winchester education. 

The Community Service programme, as well as various partnerships and initiatives, provide boys with many opportunities to work for the benefit of others, inside and outside the classroom.

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How boys do, and where they go

We are confident that our results speak for themselves.

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