Type of school
The language of the school
Winchester is quirky and has its own vocabulary known as ‘notions’. Most of the notions which are still in use relate to school-specific activities, but some are more generic, e.g. ‘goive’ which is roughly the equivalent of ‘whatever’!
Winchester, Hampshire, England
The boys study IGCSE courses in the lower school and Pre-U in the sixth form.
Division: Winchester’s unique liberal studies course runs throughout the school. In the lower years, boys explore a range of areas including history, using the Winchester archive and Warden’s Stables museum; art, participating in the Kenneth Clarke prize; and exploring philosophical and literary ideas. In the sixth form, boys explore philosophy, economics, history of art, music… anything which migh inspire them!
Number of pupils
For bright, inquisitive boys, Winchester is hard to beat. The Medieval campus is beautiful, and the teaching is truly inspiring. There are 30 different sports on offer in addition to houses and school drama, house music competitions, art displays and talks from visiting dignitaries; something for everyone!
Case Study: Studying at Winchester
This is an interview with P, who joined Brandon Learning Centre at the age of 9 and which won a place at Winchester.
Classes P took at Brandon...
This post is part of an occasional series based on meetings with Winchester College registrars.
Brandon had a visit from Mr Andrew Shedden, Registrar of Winchester College this week. Winchester is an extraordinary institution and, for a wonderful month a year over five years, I was blessed to be a part of it.
To summarise some of Mr Shedden’s points:
Who thrives at Winchester?
Academically curious, engaged boys who are willing to think beyond the classroom.
How does the school identify suitable students?
The first stage is the ISEB pre-test. Should your son do well in the pre-test, he will be invited to an interview during which he may be given a verbal, non-verbal and logic test and school reference will be requested.
What is a Winchester interview like?
Unexpected! The purpose of the interview is to try to see what makes the boys ‘tick’.
Boys need to be guided to develop resilience and independence. They should be willing to take risks and to learn how to cope with failure.
We at Brandon share this philosophy: we will all fail at some point in our lives, and it is how we pick ourselves up that makes a difference. There is a school for every child and, wherever your son or daughter goes to, hopefully their early training will lead them on the path to success.
For more information, kindly visit: https://www.winchestercollege.org/