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.
The Community Service programme partners with more than 40 external organisations in the City of Winchester and Southern Hampshire. It involves more than 300 pupils and 50 teachers. From the end of their second year, senior boys participate in weekly forms of service in a range of environments. They understand the importance of broadening their life skills to bring tangible benefits to the wider community. Some of the partnerships include:
Winchester works in partnership with eight local primary schools and two special schools in the area. Senior boys visit the schools on a weekly basis and assist pupils from Years 1-6 with individual numeracy, literacy and extra-curricular skills. Partnerships include:
Our individual partnerships with Midhurst Rother College and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College are based on a continuing educational dialogue and a sharing of resources, personnel and opportunity. Winchester helps with practice for university interviews and tuition in maths and science. In addition to regular sports fixtures and joint activities of all kinds, each Autumn term, specialist subject dons from Winchester College contribute to Barton Peveril’s ‘Aspire’ programme by providing lectures.
The Charities Committee is a group of seventeen Sixth Form boys led by the don in charge. The boys carry out numerous fundraising initiatives for the school’s nominated charities, including fun runs, 24 hour run, row and cycle events, calendar and cookbook sales, as well as collections after plays and concerts. Both boys and staff support an international, national and local charity for a period of three years. All charities support the education and development of young people. The current charities we support include:
We also support the Lotus Flower Trust on an ongoing basis. The charity helps to build schools, homes and centres in remote, rural and environmentally challenging areas of India. More information on the partnership can be found here.
Winchester College is committed to maintaining the founder’s original intention of offering a Winchester education to any boy who would benefit from it, regardless of their financial circumstances.
In 2017/2018 there were more than 130 boys in receipt of bursarial support, at a cost of £3.3million. Over time, we aim to be in a position to fund the equivalent of 10% of boys on full bursaries and a further 20% on an average of half a bursary.
The bursary offered to each family is means-tested and reflects individual circumstances. To allow the widest range of pupils to attend the school, awards range from 5% to 100% of the school fee, and for those on the largest bursaries, this may include additional support for a laptop, books, exam fees or trips.
We also award Scholarships and Exhibitions for those boys with exceptional academic, musical or sporting talent. Unlike Bursaries, Scholarships and Exhibitions do not automatically carry a remission on school fees. However free individual tuition is provided for sportsmen and musicians.
Buildings & collections: One of our charitable aims is the preservation of the many ancient buildings and their contents. Winchester College maintains eighteen Grade I, six Grade II* and over seventy Grade II listed buildings. Many of these are of national importance; all are in current use. Many of these buildings are available to visit through our daily guided tours or through access to our collections and archives.
Grounds: Winchester is hugely fortunate in having extensive grounds of approximately 250 acres, including 100 acres of ancient water meadows; 4.5 miles of the River Itchen; 52 acres of playing fields and 11 acres of formal gardens. Many of the grounds maintained by the school are either a public access area, Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Special Area of Conservation. The Fallodon Nature Reserve is an SSSI and the main River Itchen with its carriers is a Special Area of Conservation. St. Catherine’s Hill is a public access area and is leased to the Hampshire Wildlife Trust.
The school hosts many events and performances throughout the year, many of which are open to the public.
As the lead sponsor for Heritage Open Days in Winchester, the school aims to provide the greatest possible access to its rich heritage and exceptional collections. Each September, hundreds of visitors enjoy four days of free tours and talks.
15th March 2019
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, Winchester College’s Natural History Society welcomed Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace for the annual Duncan Stewart Lecture where she addressed an audience of more than 450 people.
11th December 2019
Pupils regularly visit elderly people in local care homes and hospitals for conversation and to perform music but the annual Christmas Tea Party is an opportunity to host them at the school.
21st November 2019
The Primary Maths Challenge is a national competition that helps young people develop a love of mathematics, encourages enthusiasm and boosts confidence. Winchester College mentors pupils from local schools to help prepare for the Challenge and this week celebrated their success in the competition.
20th November 2019
As part of a Week of Wonder at Winchester, 50 pupils from a local primary witnessed the impact of liquid nitrogen on everyday objects.
4th November 2019
At the opening of the Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom, we welcomed family, friends, teachers and House staff to remember Cameron and celebrate his legacy in the form of this inspiring new learning space.
1st November 2019
Not many schools have their own River Keeper. Mark Sankey tells us about managing the water meadows, the biodiversity of the Itchen, and filming with the BBC.