9th February 2021 — 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 with the admission of girls and day pupils into the Sixth Form; a growth in the school’s bursary provision, with the initial objective of a 25% increase, to 150 pupils by 2024; and expansion of the school’s online learning provision to provide greater opportunities for collaboration with the maintained sector.
The school is also proposing to modernise what they teach with 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.
And finally, the school will be making improvements to their 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.”