During times of uncertainty, a continuous provision of education ensures high academic standards, mental wellbeing and a strong sense of community, regardless of where in the world you may be located.
Throughout lockdown and continuing in a hybrid capacity for those pupils unable to return to school, remote learning at Winchester involved a normal timetable, delivered online but with a number of enhancements to stretch and inspire pupils, echoing the experience they have whilst on campus. Academic standards are maintained with the same expectations of pupils to contribute fully in lessons, complete homework and engage in the full range of activities on offer, from online drama workshops to photography competitions to house quizzes.
For the older boys, preparation for university remains critical. The school ran a selection of popular post Pre-U courses to prepare sixth form pupils for their next step by teaching them university-level material. Following the post Pre-U course in Epidemiology, upper sixth pupil Adrian Tsui modelled the Coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, and wrote an article describing how he did it.
Div continues in year groups with weekly tasks. A typical task for first year boys might be to create 'found poems' by cutting words out of the newspaper. During the initial lockdown in spring 2020, this resulted in some very poignant, thoughtful contributions, including Henry's (right).
External experts and speakers continue to enhance pupils' learning through online lectures and workshops, often tailored to pupils' career aspirations. In recent months, prospective medics attended conferences and talks, including one on Coronavirus with Paul Elkington, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Pupils are also able to benefit from online events, including those from the Law Society, with leading professors on environmental law, human rights and climate justice.
The school continues its outreach work with local schools by sharing resources and opportunities online.
Maths clubs and the Primary Schools Maths Challenge continue to run as online activities. This year's Winchester Maths Summer School, for young people hoping to study maths at university, was virtual and delivered at no cost to the 25 participants.
Our Community Service programme continues to provide online alternatives to local primary schools, including online content produced and delivered by boys. Development opportunities, such as careers talks, are also open to students at our partner schools, including Barton Peveril and Midhurst Rother.
30th November 2020
Every year Winchester and Cheltenham Ladies' College pupils work in teams to deliver presentations at a Science Symposium for their peers. 2020 required more technology than usual but was as rewarding as ever.
19th September 2020
Science School has a diverse collection of fascinating objects, from an 18th-century microscope, fossils and taxidermy birds, to apparatus used to teach physics in the early 20th century. Twenty-four of the most interesting and unusual objects from the collection are now online.
22nd June 2020
English don Tom Quayle considers how literature bears "the indelible impression of its time" and what that might mean for the writing taking place during this turbulent period.
15th June 2020
Delivering lessons online and then wandering an empty campus, English don Mrs Lucia Quinault, feels the presence of previous pupils and teachers, with the grounds and buildings imbued with their happy memories.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
1st June 2020
Two brothers write of their experiences of lockdown together, with one studying for exams, and the other continuing his singing, remotely.