Winchester College is widely regarded as one the most academic boys schools in the country, often even more so than Eton. The lack of girls, together with the school’s academically elitist ethos, gives the boys the gift of unselfconsciousness, rarely seen elsewhere. Winchester College is situated in one of the finest cities in the world, Winchester, with outstanding buildings and grounds and a truly ‘old-school’ ethos, the atmosphere is donnish – the masters are called dons and the college has a language of its own (called Notions) for almost every aspect of daily life.
The school aims to promote a love of learning and independent thought. Academic standards are exceptionally high, with many boys going on to Oxbridge and a range of impressive Ivy-League Universities. Drama and Art are also of excellence, with boys being encouraged to both write and direct their own plays from an early age. A truly exceptional school where only the naturally bright need apply, it is characterised as much by individual needs as by collective endeavour.