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. Our GCSE and A-Level programmes prepare pupils for life and learning at university, whilst the EPQ provides additional stretch.
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.
27th November 2022
Young entrepreneurs gathered at Winchester College on 26 November to pitch their ideas to end waste in schools. The Ignite competition, part of the College's Makyth Ventures programme, brought teams from across the country.
24th November 2022
Proper preparation for the MMI, used by the majority of UK medical schools, is critical to pupils hoping to study medicine at university. Winchester runs practice interview sessions, which are crafted to emulate the real experience, for its own pupils and students from schools across Hampshire.
12th November 2022
The school's annual public speaking competition, Recita, was of an exceptional standard this year
10th November 2022
Ross Brawn OBE inspired his audience with insights into all aspects of motor racing and his hugely successful career in Formula One.
8th November 2022
In line of COP27 and concerns about the need for more concerted action, pupils have organised a whole-school Climate Week with a range of talks, events and activities.
7th November 2022
Renowned ornithologist Roger Morgan-Grenville gave our annual wildlife lecture, which was attended by 450 primary pupils from across the county. Primary pupils' poetry was recognised at a prizegiving tea after the talk.