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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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What the school says...

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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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

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
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 Y
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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