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The atmosphere is donnish - the masters are called dons here and the college has a language of its own (called Notions) for almost every aspect of daily life. The lack of girls, together with the school’s academically elitist ethos, gives the boys the gift of unselfconsciousness, rarely seen elsewhere. The sport is ‘brilliantly flexible’, a parent told us. Enthusiasts can play as much as they want. ‘My son went from the 4th team at his prep school to the…

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Winchester College is situated in one of the finest cities in the world. Its buildings and grounds are outstanding. The school aims to promote a love of learning and independent thought. Academic standards are exceptionally high. A full-boarding school, the extra-curricular programme can be demanding but, despite a fast pace, Winchester is characterised as much by individual needs as by collective endeavour. ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.





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Since 2016, Dr Timothy Hands, previously master of Magdalen College School. A state school pupil turned down by Cambridge ('I was told by the careers adviser at my grammar school that I wouldn't get to university at all'), he studied violin at the Guildhall before reading English at King's College, London, then went on to St Catherine's, Oxford, followed by Oriel, where he ended up as a lecturer. He became housemaster at King's Canterbury, then second master at Whitgift School, then head of Portsmouth Grammar. He comes from a long line of teachers, including both parents and an ancestor who was schoolmaster on HMS Victory. Likes sport and music - was co-leader of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Oxford University chamber choir, Schola Cantorum. The author of several books about...

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Special Education Needs

Winchester College currently has 150 boys on the SEN register. Pupils are assessed in the first term in order to identify any particular learning needs. Appropriate support is then provided. Those boys who are known to have specific learning needs are placed in one of two specialist classes, one lesson per day, where particular emphasis is placed on study skills. In addition, one-to-one support is provided once a week for forty minutes by a SEN tutor, usually a ten lesson course, tailored to the particular needs of the pupil. We currently have three Asperger's boys in the school and there is a small number of candidates with attention deficit disorders. Specialist help is also provided for EFL pupils. Winchester is a 'dyslexia friendly' school where the needs of those with special learning requirements are both accepted and understood. Many of our SEN pupils have been extraordinarily successful during their school careers, both academically and outside the taught curriculum. Nov 09

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

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