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A huge orchestra was successfully tackling Beethoven ‘on sight’ in the medieval Pilgrims’ Hall (also used for assemblies) when we visited, while the Big Band was swinging away in the music department. Nearly everyone learns an instrument. Teaching looked to be fun and boys clearly enjoyed an English lesson while a maths group we saw was involved in establishing the purpose behind algebraic calculations and definitely getting the point. For a smallish school Pilgrims fields an astonishing number of teams...


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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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Since 2015, Tom Burden (40s), previously head of Hereward House in London. Originating from the Isle of Wight, he won a scholarship to Oxford to study theology. Teaching after graduating while considering careers, he realised that education was for him and so stayed for five years at Alleyn Court in Southend. He followed this with five years at Lockers Park boarding prep in Hertfordshire, as head of English, in charge of scholarships and doing lots of sports coaching. He ‘loved every minute’, realising ’that boys should be boys, enjoy their precious childhood and grow through being trusted with responsibilities’. A sportsman and fanatic about Southampton FC, fascinated by ecclesiastical gothic architecture, his passion is nonetheless for education. He believes that Pilgrims’ is first and foremost an all round academic prep school with strong sport,...

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