Hidden amongst the trees, in the corner of Meads, and next to the Logie burn Itchen carrier, is the recently opened Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom. This wonderful new learning area has been created in memory of Cameron (C, 2011 – 13) who tragically died far too young.
From an early age, Cameron was passionate about the world around him and his family is keen to ensure that outdoor learning is an important element of a Winchester education. This project has been entirely funded by the generosity of donors.
The classroom overlooks the river, and beyond it the landscape, which inspired Keats' ode 'To Autumn'. Current boys and future generations of Wykehamists will no doubt be as inspired by their environment and hopefully develop their own passion for the countryside.
This space is not just for teaching those subjects directly related to the great outdoors, but to enable pupils to learn, surrounded by nature, whether that's philosophy, literature or biology. The amphitheatre style seating caters for up to 30 people and the new pontoon encourages the boys to explore the river and the life within.
As well as being used by our pupils, it will also be available to the various visiting state school groups we welcome as part of our community programme.
15th March 2019
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, Winchester College’s Natural History Society welcomed Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace for the annual Duncan Stewart Lecture where she addressed an audience of more than 450 people.
11th November 2019
In a model of collaboration across STEM disciplines, two top-year Winchester boys are working together to develop an innovative chemistry-based model to simulate how epidemics spread.
1st November 2019
Not many schools have their own River Keeper. Mark Sankey tells us about managing the water meadows, the biodiversity of the Itchen, and filming with the BBC.
23rd October 2019
One of the stars of the show writes about his love of acting, the importance of drama at the school, and the latest production.
19th October 2019
Hampshire students gathered at Winchester College for a celebration of the work of poet John Keats and to receive their prizes following a county-wide essay competition.
16th September 2019
Professional development for science teachers, particularly those working in the state sector, is in high demand so the school ran a very successful, free training day last summer, focused on physics.