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Winchester College

Type of school: Boys public/independent boarding school

Number of students: ~672 pupils

Age range: 13-18 years old

Winchester College practises a British public school tradition for boys starting at 4th form. It has existed in its present location for over 600 years and claims the longest unbroken history of any school in England.


It is situated in Winchester, Hampshire, England.  


According to Good Schools Guide, the school provides an "academically, comradely and architecturally privileged boyhood most Wykehamists treasure throughout their lives". Winchester College has adopted the Cambridge Pre-U since 2008. In 2015 at least 75.2% of the students have achieved respectable D1-D3 grades, equivalent to A*+-A grades.

In the years 2007-2016 a total of 379 Wykehamists have matriculated to Oxford and Cambridge, an average of 42 per year (32% of the cohort). In addition 115 places have been secured at premier US universities, including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, UNC, UPenn, Yale and Wake Forest over the same period. Taken together 44% of leavers go to these universities. 94.5% of students also achieve grades A*-A at (i)GCSE.


The school's aim is to foster a network of good relationships; classroom teachers who observe changes in mood, behaviour, pattern of work; Housemasters who do the same; boys who look after each other. Every Housemaster has a team of Tutors who take an interest in particular groups of boys. The Chaplains and Div Dons underpin this network of support. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is also delievered principally through the Chaplain and Dons as an integrated part of boy's learning. Boys will also attend specific life skill topics, including health and safety, sex and relationships and also substance abuse.


There are 11 boarding houses in Winchester and boys who board are called 'commoners'. Each House is a self-contained community to which the boys return from classes or games to study, eat and sleep. Each of the Commoner Houses has approximately sixty boys in residence, accompanied by a house matron and housemaster/housemistress.

Sports and culture:

Winchester offers a wide range of sports for boys to choose including tennis, football, rugby, cricket and swimming etc. The school also offers a full programme of House competitions in all the sporting activities, in which all boys are encouraged to participate at whatever level. Some are organised for non-team players. It is possible to take part in all the sports on a purely recreational basis if a boy wishes to do so. Alongside sports, boys can also join different clubs and societies in school, in which they would be able to enjoy and experience new content through knowledge. In terms of culture, boys also excel at music, art and drama at Winchester and there are performances each year.

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