Boarding is perhaps an inaccurate term for the personal atmosphere at Winchester. Every House here is its own family. It is extensive in number (a Winchester house has about sixty pupils), and diverse in its influences (Wykehamists come from many countries and their parents from many walks of life). Most of all, it is abundant in facilities, opportunities and professionalism.
We believe that a great education should be experienced to the full and fullness is what our boarding experience offers. Full boarding may be a tradition, but in reality, at Winchester, it is a way of life.
Uniquely and historically, Winchester is not a centralised school, but rather more a collection of cooperative constituent communities in close proximity to each other and the main campus. Like a family home, each House feels intimate and personal, but is also professional. It is led by a Housemaster who lives in the boarding house alongside the pupils and will be central to their time at the school. In addition to their role in the House, each Housemaster is a member of the teaching staff, with experience in both the academic and extra-curricular life of the school. They are passionate about their subjects and interests, and used to taking a balanced view when some aspects of growing up may seem a challenge.
Throughout the day, the Housemaster and other adults in the house are in regular contact with pupils - at breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as during evening study and before lights out. Life in a boarding house allows young people to learn about responsibility and independence within a supportive and well-structured environment.
In a true boarding environment, every academic and extra-curricular opportunity is outside your own front door – not a car ride, a bus or a train journey away. And, when you arrive at your destination, an expert will be there to greet you, for almost all of Winchester teachers are also boarders. They too live on site.
On Sunday after morning Chapel, Roman Catholic Mass, or Faith Circles, pupils go home if they like. Many choose to spend Sunday at school, enjoying the opportunities on offer. This is a consequence of the school’s extensive recreational facilities and lively community of friends. It is also a testament to how at home pupils feel.
There are two Exeats (long weekends which run from Friday lunchtime to Sunday evening) per term, that provide for time at home with family. In addition to the regular Exeats, pupils can also spend one further Saturday night at home per term to allow them to attend important family occasions.
“Living with your friends in a boarding house is a unique experience, and one that creates friends for a lifetime. These same friends encourage your interests and support you throughout your time at the school. ”
Austin • Year 13
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.