Put simply, inspiring teachers inspire learning. Pupils are hand-picked for their ability to think; dons are selected for their enthusiasm, dedication and expertise.
“My favourite subject is Biology. I have a really interesting and supportive don and I enjoy the wider learning.”
Old Wykehamist, Matthew Arnold, wrote, “Culture is the pursuit of total perfection by means of getting to know the best which has been thought and said in the world.”
He could as well have been describing Div. Div is our unique programme of general cultural studies. In these lessons, pupils engage with a wide range of subjects, from English Literature to Ancient History to the History of Science. Lessons are often discussion-based, and Div is not bound by the examined curriculum. Teachers who take Div (referred to as ‘Div dons’) are drawn from the whole range of academic departments. As pupils progress through the school, the direction of study is often steered towards their own academic interests.
“Think of Div as ‘All you need to know about anything you want’ and you pretty much have it.”
The academic pace at Winchester is fast and fulfilling. We do not solely teach pupils to pass exams, but their results speak for themselves. Our GCSE and A-Level programmes prepare pupils for life and learning at university, whilst the EPQ provides additional stretch.
Exam Results & University Destinations
Winchester has a well-deserved reputation for academic success. It attracts bright pupils, who thrive amongst like-minded friends, and fulfil their potential. After Winchester, pupils progress to top universities in the UK and abroad.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
“It’s very easy to find friends you can relate to.”
Outside the classrooms and boarding houses, pupils form friendships through the many clubs and societies on offer. New clubs are formed when interests are shared, and many societies date back a hundred or more years. A huge choice of activities, both sporting and cultural, give pupils the chance to balance their academic schedules with broader and less pressurised pursuits.
Physical education is vital if academic education is to flourish. With over thirty sports on offer from the outset, there is a sport to suit everyone, and excellent coaching and facilities to help them master it.
“I moved to Winchester because my parents told me it was excellent academically but the sporting facilities were equally good.”
In tune with the traditions of his time, William of Wykeham specified an expert choir as part of his original foundation. Winchester is the only school where this tradition continues. As musical practice has evolved, so our provision has expanded. Most pupils learn to play an instrument; many learn two or three, taught by the Music School’s own dons, with support from a team of over fifty visiting musicians. The school’s many orchestras and choirs perform in public, make recordings and go on tours overseas. All of these make music central to life at Winchester.
With its own theatre and Art School, abundant dramatic societies and elective creative activities, Winchester provides many opportunities for participation and self-expression in the arts.
“An education through Art teaches the foundations for independent creative enquiry, supported by a critical and contextual appreciation of those who have gone before us.”
Throughout their time at school, pupils are offered multiple opportunities to expand their understanding of a subject - and the wider world - in a varied programme of school trips, expeditions and excursions.
20th February 2024
The team won the 2024 Cambridge trophy and finished in 3rd place out of the 100 schools participating in the competition.
5th December 2023
The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide has named Winchester College its Southeast Independent Secondary School of the Year 2024.
21st November 2023
Conservationist and presenter Megan McCubbin delivers the annual Cameron Bespolka Memorial Wildlife Talk and Lecture to over 900 local pupils
14th November 2023
The College held the finals of its public speaking competition, Recita, on Friday 10 November to a packed audience.
20th June 2023
On Wednesday 14 June, a group of Year 12 geographers from the College traveled to Herefordshire and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to undertake residential fieldwork.
9th June 2023
Dr Cullerne, Head of Faith Circles, delivered last Friday's address in Chapel inspired by a talk in Faith Circels given by a pupil, entitled 'Blind Faith'.