Winchester College is a selective boys' boarding school with a worldwide academic reputation and a commitment to producing young men who are well-rounded and with a strong ethical sense and a respect for the life of the mind. The school is committed to providing the widest possible access to pupils capable of profiting from the education we offer.
Winchester College in the 21st Century represents a new vision and significant programme of change for the school. These changes will enable the school to continue its unique approach to education, based on values which have endured for centuries.
9th February 2021 — Winchester College to admit girls and day pupils into the Sixth Form as part of wider modernisation agenda.
Winchester College has today announced ‘Winchester College in the 21st Century’, a new vision and significant programme of change for the school. The Governing Body is confident that the changes will enable the school to continue its unique approach to education, based on values which have endured for centuries.
The changes include:
- Increasing access
(i) The admission of girls and day pupils into the Sixth Form.
(ii) A growth in the school’s bursary provision, with the initial objective of a 25% increase, to 150 pupils by 2024.
(iii) Expansion of the school’s online learning provision to provide greater opportunities for collaboration with the maintained sector.
- Modernising what we teach
A new emphasis on the global context and the forces which have shaped the modern world, and an increased emphasis on creativity, collaboration and innovation.
- Developing the school site
Improvements to our built and natural spaces with a focus on imaginative and sustainable design, pupil wellbeing and enhancing the individual character of each house community.
Warden, Sir Richard Stagg (Chair of Governors) commented, “We are determined that Winchester, which led the way when it was founded almost 640 years ago, continues to be a leader and influencer of great education on the modern global stage. These changes represent an exciting new phase in Winchester’s history, which will bring multiple benefits to current and future generations of Wykehamists.”
Headmaster, Dr Tim Hands, said: “Today’s announcements are the product of discussions over many years and I am delighted to take them forward. Our founder, William of Wykeham, was a philanthropist and visionary who revolutionised education, and it’s his tradition of looking ahead that we seek to continue.”
Winchester College was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham. The school’s alumni include Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer), General Sir Nick Carter (Chief of the Defence Staff), George Nash MBE (Olympic Rower), David Thouless (The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016), Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (India’s Cricket Captain), Joss Whedon (screenwriter and film director) and George Mallory (pioneering Everest mountaineer).
Winchester College currently educates circa. 700 pupils. Over time the school plans to admit each year a minimum of 30 day pupils into the Sixth Form (of which approx. 50% will be girls) and up to 50 girl boarders. The school will be approx. 850 pupils, the number of boys boarding will remain the same.
The school intends to welcome day pupils (both boys and girls) into the Sixth Form no later than September 2022. We hope the first girl boarders will join us in 2024.
Medieval Finds at Winchester College Sports Development
Significant medieval discoveries were made last summer as part of Winchester College’s Sports Centre redevelopment project at Kingsgate Park.
26th January 2021 — Significant medieval discoveries were made last summer as part of Winchester College’s Sports Centre redevelopment project at Kingsgate Park.
The site has been subject to archaeological monitoring as a result of planning conditions, with the first finds made in May 2020, followed by further investigations since.
Pottery and a knife from the medieval period were unearthed initially, followed by part of an historic lane with a stone-lined well, also from the same period.
The lane that was discovered has been identified as Gynge Lane, which was last mapped in the 1370s. A team of archaeologists plotted the exact route of the lane, and recovered and recorded all findings of significance. The lane runs directly across the path of the new Winchester College Sports Centre up to St Cross Road, with the main reception entrance and corridor sitting over the line of the lane.
Two past residents appear in historic records as living on “Gynge” Lane in 1320: Ralph, the Clerk to the Cathedral, and William of Exeter. The well is of the same age and sits to the side of the lane, which is unusual and perhaps indicates that it was a commercial well. A total of five thousand items, dating back to 1320 AD, were removed from the site to be researched further.
Despite delays to the project caused by the archaeological findings and COVID, the new state-of-the-art facilities are still on track to be completed in 2022, allowing pupils to enjoy and participate in a variety of sports and provide much improved facilities for the local community.
More on the progress of the new Winchester College Sports Centre can be found here: https://www.winchestercollege.org/stories/progress-on-state-of-the-art-sports-centre.