Put simply, inspiring teachers inspire learning. Pupils are hand-picked for their ability to think; dons are selected for their enthusiasm, dedication and expertise.
“My favourite subject is Biology. I have a really interesting and supportive don and I enjoy the wider learning.”
Old Wykehamist, Matthew Arnold, wrote, “Culture is the pursuit of total perfection by means of getting to know the best which has been thought and said in the world.”
He could as well have been describing Div. Div is our unique programme of general cultural studies. In these lessons, pupils engage with a wide range of subjects, from English Literature to Ancient History to the History of Science. Lessons are often discussion-based, and Div is not bound by the examined curriculum. Teachers who take Div (referred to as ‘Div dons’) are drawn from the whole range of academic departments. As pupils progress through the school, the direction of study is often steered towards their own academic interests.
“Think of Div as ‘All you need to know about anything you want’ and you pretty much have it.”
The academic pace at Winchester is fast and fulfilling. We do not solely teach pupils to pass exams, but their results speak for themselves. The Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level programmes prepare pupils for life and learning at university.
Exam Results & University Destinations
Winchester has a well-deserved reputation for academic success. It attracts bright pupils, who thrive amongst like-minded friends, and fulfil their potential. After Winchester, pupils progress to top universities in the UK and abroad.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
“It’s very easy to find friends you can relate to.”
Outside the classrooms and boarding houses, pupils form friendships through the many clubs and societies on offer. New clubs are formed when interests are shared, and many societies date back a hundred or more years. A huge choice of activities, both sporting and cultural, give pupils the chance to balance their academic schedules with broader and less pressurised pursuits.
Physical education is vital if academic education is to flourish. With over thirty sports on offer from the outset, there is a sport to suit everyone, and excellent coaching and facilities to help them master it.
“I moved to Winchester because my parents told me it was excellent academically but the sporting facilities were equally good.”
In tune with the traditions of his time, William of Wykeham specified an expert choir as part of his original foundation. Winchester is the only school where this tradition continues. As musical practice has evolved, so our provision has expanded. Most pupils learn to play an instrument; many learn two or three, taught by the Music School’s own dons, with support from a team of over fifty visiting musicians. The school’s many orchestras and choirs perform in public, make recordings and go on tours overseas. All of these make music central to life at Winchester.
With its own theatre and Art School, abundant dramatic societies and elective creative activities, Winchester provides many opportunities for participation and self-expression in the arts.
“An education through Art teaches the foundations for independent creative enquiry, supported by a critical and contextual appreciation of those who have gone before us.”
Throughout their time at school, pupils are offered multiple opportunities to expand their understanding of a subject - and the wider world - in a varied programme of school trips, expeditions and excursions.
9th August 2021
Congratulations to Brandon Chan who came 3rd worldwide in the independent open category at the International Economics Olympiad this summer.
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.
12th November 2021
This year's Modern Languages Speech Prize Competition saw a memorable performance from Sixth Form pupil, Kit who chose to sing the French poem, 'Barbara', a hauntingly beautiful poem about the total destruction of French city Brest during the Second World War.
12th October 2021
Studium returns to Winchester with a programme of horizon-expanding lectures by high-profile speakers.