One of the many excellent resources available at Winchester College is the site itself. The managed grounds mix with areas of wild rural charm, creating a stunning environment in which to explore and learn. Running through all of this is the Itchen, the world-renowned chalk stream river, rich with wildlife and full of brown trout. These skittish, shadowy creatures thrive in the purity of the naturally filtered waters.
A highlight of the year is inviting students from Osborne School, Winchester, to visit our historic angling beat, and enjoy some time fly fishing in mayfly season. The students have learning disabilities, primarily autism, and this opportunity provides a deeply rewarding experience. Spending time on the bankside, being a part of the life of the river, with all its natural sights, smells and sounds, is a joyous occasion for all.
Under the expert tutelage of Steve Batten, the highly regarded angling coach, students learn the tricky art of casting a tiny artificial fly to land just on the surface of the water, in order to tantalise a hungry trout. My Community Service team of Winchester College men are a constant presence, assisting with the retrieval of flies stuck in hedges, untangling lines and developing fishing skills alongside our guests. Everybody gets involved with real enthusiasm. Wonderful staff members from Osborne School are on hand to provide friendly and patient support.
Occasionally, something happens to astonish all and break the serenity of the afternoon. A trout takes the fly! In a flash, all is activity as a rod is lifted and the landing net is deployed. This sudden excitement can often lead to the fish breaking free, but now and again our whole group gathers together to see a glistening trout which then ends up as supper back at Osborne School.
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.
23rd July 2021
Winchester College is proud to have formed a new partnership with UTC Portsmouth, a STEM specialist college on the south coast.
17th July 2021
Winchester College took part in the Physics Partners Online Physics Festival on 17 July 2021, supporting the training of 62 teachers and technicians.
22nd June 2021
Winchester College has entered a new partnership with Andover College to enable them to run a CCF programme for its students.
5th May 2021
Winchester's new Head of Educational Partnerships explains how the school is aiming to reach even more pupils, particularly those in areas of economic disadvantage, with a programme of outstanding and inspirational opportunities.
25th March 2021
Winchester Maths Summer School 2021 will take place online for the second year. Aimed at Year 12 students from state schools, this course seeks to challenge and inspire students hoping to study mathematics at university.