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We got the feeling that this school does lots of things well, and parents confirm that academic standards are good. Despite being renowned for music, Pilgrims’ manages to field an impressive 11 teams for football, 12 for rugby, nine for cricket and a first hockey team. Parents say results are respectable, even though one laughed, ‘The boys are so polite that they’re more likely to say “after you” on the football pitch.’ Usual range of…

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

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Since January 2015, Tom Burden (40s), previously head of Hereward House School in London. He grew up on the Isle of Wight, where he was educated at local schools before proceeding to Oxford (with a scholarship) to study theology. After graduating, he started teaching as a bit of fresh air before settling down to something earnest, but was soon gripped. Five years at Alleyn Court School, Southend, then a further five at boarding prep Lockers Park, Hertfordshire, where he headed the English department and ran the scholarship set, while still managing plenty of sports coaching. ‘I loved every minute and took away the idea that boys should be boyish, enjoy their childhood and be trusted to have responsibilities.’ A sports fan and regular at Lords, he relaxes by playing football, bowls and cricket. His...

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