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Pilgrims’ is an academic school (‘we want the boys to excel,’ says the second master) but learning here looks like fun. We visited a host of lively lessons, where boys were brimming with enthusiasm. ‘Has everyone got their goggles on?’ quizzed the head of science as he guided year 6 pupils through a practical experiment on the states of matter. We observed a rapt English class where year 8 scholars were keenly analysing William Wordsworth’s sonnet, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge...

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What the school says...

Located in the heart of historic Winchester, less than one hour from London, The Pilgrims' School aims to educate its pupils well, to give them self-confidence and a delight in achievement. It aims at much more than this, however.

The Pilgrims' School is home to two professional choirs, the Winchester Cathedral Choristers and the Quiristers of the Winchester College chapel choir. In unique association with Winchester College, we have high academic standards and outstanding resources. As one of the major choir schools of the UK, The Pilgrims' School has many talented and budding musicians, Choristers and Quiristers aside, who inspire in all a love of music and the arts. As a church school, it has sound discipline and exceptional pastoral care. As a sporting school, it plays all the major games with almost daily rigour. High ambition, zeal and determination, an awareness of the worth of others, solid commitment, a deep faith; these are the fundamentals we try to instil.

Rather than open days, we prefer to offer an individual tour of the school with one of our senior boys as a guide, affording the opportunity to sample the working day character of the school, to see our style of teaching and to spend time with key members of staff. Visitors are always very welcome, please feel free to call us if you would like to book a visit.
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Other features

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Unusual sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Interim head

Interim head since July 2022 is Alistair Duncan BA, MA, PGCE, who has been at Pilgrims' since 2011. Teaches maths and history and runs 1st XI soccer and 2nd XI cricket. Lives nearby with his wife, who is also a teacher, and their two daughters.

Entrance

Main entry points are reception, year 3 and year 6 but a growing number are joining in year 5 to prepare for ISEB pre-tests, as well as other years. Before being offered a place boys sit assessments in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning to ensure they will thrive. Older boys have interviews with subject teachers. Choral scholars join in year 4 (choristers) and year 5 (quiristers).

Boys joining the pre-prep are invited to ‘stay and play’ sessions, where staff chat to parents and see...

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Special Education Needs

We offer one to one tuition for boys who have specific learning dificulties. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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