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When we visited, pupils were prepping for the ‘King’s Silver Medal for Latin Speech’, reciting Homer, Ovid, Sophocles and Virgil in the original. Wykehamists do exceptionally well in maths, physics, chemistry and linguistic Olympiads. We were struck by their ability to talk intelligently about any number of different things, from aeronautics to Suez. ‘They push you,’ says a boy new to sixth form, ‘and so every lesson is fun.’ Cloisters and courtyards create a calm, almost contemplative feel. Rebellion here takes more of an intellectual form. ‘We are elite, but not elitist,’ says school: huge means-tested bursary scheme with significant support available at 13+ and 16+. 

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What the school says...

Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham in 1382 is one of the most prestigious schools in the world and remains one of the strongest academically. It is situated in one of the finest cities in the world and its building and grounds are outstanding.

The school aims to promote a love of learning and independent thought to prepare those studying to thrive in the modern world and positively contribute to global society. It offers boarding for boys aged 13-18 and Sixth Form for day girls and boys. ...Read more

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Since 2023, Ms Elizabeth Stone. Previously head of Queenwood School, Sydney. A truly Anglo-Antipodean path: her Sydney schooling was punctuated by six months at St Paul’s Girls’ School; her degree from University of New South Wales preceded a Master’s at Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar; her teaching career has gone from Sydney to England (Winchester and then Cheltenham Ladies’ College), back to Sydney (her first headship) and now, well, here we are. Her parents, both academics, are to thank for taking that secondment in London when she was eleven: ‘It opened up my world.’

Respectful of the institution she’s inherited, but not blinkered. Warm, chatty, ‘a breath of fresh air, bundling around on her bike,’ parents say. It had been a colleague’s birthday, and though we have, in our time, eaten...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support team provides personalised, one-to-one, study skills support for a wide range of pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs. It is an important principle that any pupil in the school is able to access support, and therefore the team works with a very wide range of pupils, including those who seek advice on increasing their chances of being accepted by the most prestigious universities. The team also administers specialist teacher assessment reports, which can diagnose specific learning difficulties, and provide recommendations for appropriate access arrangements during examinations. The team works with form tutors to provide advice on general study skills and promote pupil mental health, through mindfulness and other techniques.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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 Y
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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