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‘Nothing apart from lessons is compulsory’ we were told. ‘No one is forced to do anything.’ But dull would be the boy who declined to take full advantage of the cultural and sporting opportunities at Winchester, and Winchester doesn’t do dull ...Two hours’ homework every evening (with a 15-minute snack break) is the norm for most –  something parents would struggle to enforce at home. Parents felt school would not suit mothers (or fathers) of the helicopter persuasion, ‘You need to back off and let the boys be, it’s hard ...

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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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Curricula

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

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

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Headman

Since 2016, Dr Timothy Hands (60s), previously master of Magdalen College School. Affable, relaxed and extremely charming, one is aware of his formidable erudition but not overawed. Comes from something of a teaching dynasty - his father was head of four schools (not at the same time). His has been quite a long and winding educational road, albeit undeviating. Educated at a London state school he went on to study music at Guildhall; his main instrument was the violin but although we spied a music stand in one corner of his rather fine study, he claims not to have lifted a bow for ‘a long time’. Thence to King’s College London where he read English and on to St Catherine’s College, Oxford, as a graduate scholar. After a stint as English lecturer at Oriel...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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