At Winchester, pupils receive more than an excellent academic education. Understanding, encouragement and individual attention are just as important.
Life at Winchester is focused on individuals developing the confidence to contribute to a close-knit community.
Providing a comfortable home is essential if pupils are to make the most of the unique education we offer. Pupils eat in their house each mealtime, talking with their Housemaster, friends and teachers. We believe that conversational ability, developed both inside and outside the classroom, equips them to talk to anyone, in any situation,
about practically anything.
Taking care of our pupils is of primary importance and we treat each pupil as an individual. Our pastoral care team keep in close contact with each other, and with each child. This provides a complete picture of a child’s welfare, and enables quick responses to any problems if they arise. The result is a highly communicative network that provides practical, timely support - as well as young people who feel comfortable and confident throughout their time at the school.
Winchester College is a full boarding school for pupils. We offer full boarding for many contemporary reasons, not tradition alone. Boarding at Winchester gives pupils an unmatched experience of focused learning and friendship. Discussions in class can continue in the house, instilling a lifelong love of debate. In consultation with parents and their children, we accommodate pupils with care, getting to know them first through a personal admissions process.
Located in and around the school are eleven boarding houses. Many are listed buildings; all offer a comfortable home for around sixty pupils, drawn from each year group. We encourage a sense of community and an appreciation for individual perspectives and interests. Independence and team spirit develop naturally within the houses. Inevitably, living side by side with other young people can also develop patience, understanding and a good sense of humour.
We are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our pupils, regardless of age, ability, race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation or class.
All staff are committed to providing a caring environment, instilled through a culture of openness and collective responsibility.
28th September 2021
As they return from a long weekend back home, First Year pupils reflect on their initial impressions of Winchester.
27th September 2021
On Friday 21 September the boys and staff of Winchester College attempted to run the 2,500km distance former pupil, George Mallory trekked in order to climb Everest, from Mumbai to Base Camp. A commemorative challenge in honour of the feat he achieved 100 years ago.
24th January 2021
The Head of College explains why, despite being an ineffective player himself, he is an ardent fan of Winkies for the team spirit it builds and the traditions it upholds.
22nd October 2020
The results are in. The unison house singing competition, known as Bobber Pot, was as hotly contested as ever.
26th May 2020
Deeply missing Winchester, Rtvik reflects on his favourite things about the summer term, from BBQs to swimming in the river.
18th May 2020
Winchester College has a long reputation for community service. No person is more responsible for this than the remarkable Mrs Clare Talks, Geography don and Director of Community Service. Here she provides a refreshing insight into the environmental impacts of an unseasonably warm Spring and a tranquil, undisturbed lockdown.