Winchester College is one of the country's most distinguished schools. We pride ourselves on a unique admissions system and the substantial financial assistance which we are able to offer to deserving pupils each year.
The aim of our admissions process is happiness. We want the right boy to get to the right school, with minimum anxiety before his acceptance, and maximum enjoyment after it.
Our process is therefore human and personalised; focused on potential, not merely prior attainment; and designed to fashion an accessible, balanced and harmonious community. It has its origins in systems designed by top universities and depends substantially on interview. It is designed to offer maximum interaction with the school at all times.
Currently, due to COVID restrictions, we are offering Virtual Open Days and tours of the school, which are now open for bookings. Our Housemasters are also available to talk to parents and boys about their Houses and answer any specific questions you may have, which we hope will help you decide which boarding house will be right for your son.
Please note that applications for entry at 13+ in September 2021, 2022 and 2023 are now closed, except for those wishing to apply for a Music or Sports Award.
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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.
26th April 2020
In the latest Thought for the Week, Classicist Claire Rostron is feeling nostalgic.
23rd April 2020
In the first of a new series created by pupils, Carson sends us a 'virtual' postcard from his home where he is studying, and missing the usual start of term rituals.
18th March 2020
Following the poignant last service in the Chapel for some time, the Chaplain reflects on faith in challenging times.
14th March 2020
The latest school play, Doctor Faustus, told the classic story in a fresh, engaging way.
“Happiness is the most important factor when choosing a senior school for your son - we take a great deal of time to ensure that Winchester is the right place for him and for you.”
Andy Shedden • Registrar