Winchester College is an integral part of the British history of education. Private School for Boys Winchester College is one of the oldest in the country and is considered one of the most beautiful. The school teaches boys more than 620 years. The school works like a full board. In total, there are 4 such schools in the UK.
The school was founded by the Royal Chancellor, Bishop of Winchester, Wilhelm Wyckham. In the XVI century, the structure of the educational institution was approved. It included a leader, a college board (10 people), teachers, chaplains, singers and scholarship students (70 boys). The structure is preserved today. But in addition to 70 students studying for free (due to scholarship funds), more than 600 boys receive paid education in the college.
During the creation of the school, its unique training system was developed. The author of this was all the same outstanding Wykhem. The educational institution that he founded prepared and continues to train the intellectual elite, people who can later manage large corporations and states.
The school is proud of its outstanding graduates. This school was completed by famous inventors, scientists, archbishops, Olympic champions, teachers, philosophers, artists and mathematicians. Within the walls of Winchester College studied the famous reformer of the British education system Thomas Arnold. Here, the education was given to historian Anthony Biewor, politician William Whitelow, writer Anthony Trollop, actor Hugh Dancy, art critic with knight title Kenneth Clark, grandson of the first Russian president Boris Yeltsin.
Today the contingent of pupils is represented mainly by the natives of London, Hampshire, other regions of Great Britain. Foreigners in the school are not more than 20%.
Winchester College attracts attention not only by the history and quality of educational services, but also by location. The city in which it is located, once had the status of the capital. The Winchester Castle was the meeting place of the Knights of the Round Table, led by King Arthur. Quite a lot in the city and other attractions. For example, the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe, the Cretaceous hills of Downs Down. Learning in Winchester is not only prestigious, but also very interesting. Here you can learn many facts of English history, which you will not find in textbooks.
The school is also valued for academic rank. The pace of the development of the educational institution is set by the fellows. Each student of the school is intellectually developed, curious, has an interesting hobby. Many graduates remain in higher education in England. Priority is Oxford University. Also yesterday's students of the school easily enter the universities of the Ivy League. Successful results of entrance examinations are often due not so much to the actual level of academic training, but to the sincere love of young men for learning, a passion for learning.
Graduates of the school subsequently work in many fields of activity. Among them there are politicians, businessmen, creative personalities, experts in the field of medicine, psychology, pedagogy. Unites their ability to work with people from different classes and groups, restrained professionalism, responsibility for decisions made.
The college belongs to the category of highly selective British boarding schools. It's very difficult to enter into it. Especially it concerns foreign applicants.
For admission to school at age 13, the boy must be registered as a candidate for a place at Winchester College at the age of eight. Selection is carried out on a competitive basis. It takes place in May of each year. The results are announced the same week.
Every candidate has to pass a complex comprehensive examination. It includes two blocks. The first involves passing tests in English, mathematics, natural sciences, evaluating logical thinking. The second block includes 3 exams. Disciplines are chosen by the entrant. The list includes mathematics, a test for logic, geography, history, Spanish, German, French, Ancient Greek, Latin. Increase the chances of admission will allow passing the exam on music, providing the admissions committee with a portfolio of artwork.
The complex system of admission is the tradition of the school. It allows you to select fellows. In total, 70 Scholars study at the school. Each year, about 14 newcomers enter their ranks. Fellows are studying for free. Also, the examination program allows you to identify several Exhibitioners, applicants who are guaranteed a place in the boarding school. They are offered paid training.
Several people are admitted to school at the age of 16 each year. Preliminary, they pass a one-year preparation course for exams. Entrants who have at least 6 A * -A GCSE assessments are eligible to participate in the competition. Interviews with candidates are held in January-February.
Winchester College is the impeccable quality of academic training. All graduates of the school enter prestigious universities. A third of yesterday's Winchester College students are educated in Oxbridge. 42% of graduates study in Princeton, Yale and Harvard.
The average academic results of Winchester College are impressive. More than 20% of students receive D1 for Pre-U (equivalent to A * + for A-level), more than 50% pass exams with the result of D2 or A *, 79% have A-A * and 90% -B-A *.
The school year is traditionally divided into trimesters. Study begins in September, ends in early July. In the year there are 3 vacations for 1-2 weeks.
The academic feature of the school is the lack of specialization. At school, boys receive a fundamental humanities education. Here we study languages (ancient, modern), art, economics, history, mathematics, natural sciences. Many students become winners of regional, national olympiads. Particular attention is paid to the vocal and musical preparation of boys. Most students play 3 musical instruments.
In school since the XIX century, the basis of the training system is Division, or Div. It is a program of general cultural development. It is taught all 5 years, but does not provide for an examination. Div lessons are held daily. Themes are chosen by the teacher. This choice is limited solely to the interests of the teacher and his students. Discussed in the classroom are various topics, from the history of civilizations to the work of Shakespeare. Division is an intensive program. It provides for the writing of essays, presentation of reports, participation in discussions. Due to the study of topics Division, boys at school do not take final exams in English literature and history at the GCSE. These disciplines are fully considered within the framework of Div.
The academic program itself includes GCSE or IGCSE, Pre-U. The first three years of training of a young man study, as a rule, 9 subjects.
On the Junior Part (9th year of study) the list of compulsory subjects includes Div (religious studies, history, English), biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, Latin, French. You can choose from 2 items from the groups:
A) Spanish, Greek, German, Chinese;
B) Russian language, music, design and art.
Students studying art and design in the last trimester of the year are defined with the direction of the discipline that they will continue to master at GCSE.
Tuition fees: 34,740 pounds per year or 11,580 pounds in the trimester.
Middle Part / V Book (10-11 year of study, high school) provide for the compulsory study of Div (religious studies, history, English). At the same time for 10 years, topics on English language, 11 on history. The number of compulsory disciplines includes religious studies, French, Latin, mathematics, English, history. At the choice students study, as a rule, chemistry, biology and physics separately. Some prefer the natural science course and geography. Also, boys study one subject from blocks similar to those of the Junior Part.
Many students choose Greek or Latin for the GCSE. In this case, the main exam is given for the 10th year. At the 11th, the AS module (translation) is studied.
Tuition fees: 34,740 pounds per year or 11,580 pounds per term.
VI Book (12-13 year of study) provides for teaching under the Pre-U program. An exception is one discipline - design technology. It is taught in A-level. In total, students usually study 3 (less often 4) subjects. The required block is Div. It includes actual problems of modernity, ethics, philosophy, music, history, literature. Elective disciplines include physics, theology, philosophy, music, higher mathematics, mathematics, Latin, history, geography, modern languages (Spanish, Russian, Greek, French, German, English), economics, design technology, chemistry, biology, history Art, art.
The Pre-U program has several advantages. First of all, this is an examination at the end of the second year of study. In addition, the world's leading universities prefer students with Pre-U certificates. Qualifications are recognized by the world's leading universities, including Ivy League institutions and the Russell group.
Tuition fees: 34,740 pounds per year or 11,580 pounds per term.
All students are accommodated in residences. Fellows live on campus. The remaining students are in 10 residences scattered around the historic Winchester district. Each hostel occupies an ancient building in which modern renovation is made. The buildings have play areas, self-training rooms, music and TV rooms, libraries, computer centers. Also, the residences have their own sports infrastructure: gyms, tennis courts, billiards. Each hostel is calculated for 60 residents. Younger boys live in 8-bed rooms. Senior are accommodated in single rooms or share apartments with one student.
The residences have 24-hour adult control. In each of them there is always a senior educator, 5-6 teachers, housekeeper.
The complex nutrition is offered. Residents of each of the hostels eat on site.
Extensive extracurricular program includes sports, visits to circles, recreational activities. Also, in the process of training at the boarding school, boys undergo military training. It starts at the second year of study and lasts 2.5 trimester. In the United Cadet Corps, boys choose the priority direction: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy. The program for each of them allows you to learn the necessary military skills, extreme sports (canoeing, mountain biking, mountaineering). Cadets are studying in two field camps. In the third year of training, military training becomes voluntary.
The sports program is flexible. Students can choose priority types of physical activity. For each age group, profile and additional sports are offered. So, for younger students of the boarding school, the priority is "Winchester football" and football. In the second year of training, playing in a team is possible on the conditions of elective (optional). In this case, one type of sport is chosen as the main (within the mandatory level of fiznagruzka). Students are available both strenuous workouts and physical training. The list of sports destinations is wide. It includes football, water polo, tennis, swimming, squash, rowing, scuba diving (with qualification and without), shooting, sailing, karate, judo, hockey, golf, fencing, racquets, five, cross- Country, cricket, basketball, badminton, athletics, aikido.
There are many circles for students at school. Boys can practice art, study bells (the college has a chapel with 6 bells), fishing, metalworking, carpentry, web design, jewelry, stand shooting, automodeling, robotics, bookbinding. The school also has a theater, several ensembles and choral groups. Invited boys in their ranks and a club of young entrepreneurs, astronomical, chess, dance, poetry, Russian, film club. Many pupils of the school will be able to discover many interesting things in the club "Ideas", the political society of Geithskell, the historical society. The academic clubs are also very popular among boys: mathematics, economics, philosophy, theology, science, and language.
The entertainment program will not allow students to miss their leisure time on study days and weekends. The performances of local choirs are offered to the attention of the pupils. The traditions of choral singing have been preserved for more than 600 years. The most famous choir is Quiristers. It involves 16 young men with high voices. In their repertoire there is secular, spiritual music. Boys not only sing great, but they can also play on 2 musical instruments. Quiristers is not only in school. The collective toured the world, writes CDs. In general, the traditions of choral singing are one of the business cards of the school. Everyone sing here, from pupils to attendants.
The entertainment program includes not only musicals, operas, operettas. Annually students put about 20 performances. Also at school there are 2 rock concerts.
Students are given the opportunity to travel. The program "Expeditions" meets the requirements of the most demanding young men. They plan their own trips, including budget and route. Members of the program work in groups. Cooperation provides for a competent distribution of responsibilities and responsibilities. Expedition projects are focused primarily on the development of teamwork skills. The purpose of travel is not just rest. Each expedition is of a humanitarian nature. Students go to this or that country with a specific mission. Among the realized by the boys from Winchester College of Projects is the restoration of the village club destroyed by the elements in Brazil.
Publicly beneficial activities are an integral part of the life of the boarding school. Senior schoolchildren conduct classes in mugs for the younger ones. Together, students help disabled people and the elderly, they supervise schoolchildren from the state educational institutions of the city. On the college account there are many charitable projects. Among them, the most significant are the ecoexpedition in Borneo, the construction of a monastic shelter and a school in India.
Winchester College is an area of 250 acres with many historical, modern, natural and sports facilities. The College owns 3 reserves: St. Catherine's Hill, Twyford Down, Fallest. In its territory are also broken 11 gardens. Play areas and playgrounds are occupied by 52 acres of area.
The campus itself unites 93 structures built in the XIV-XX centuries in the architectural ensemble. They are surrounded by an old stone fence. Alleys between buildings shade 200-year-old plane trees. The historical complex is adjacent to the modern buildings belonging to the school.
The prestigious boarding house for boys is rightfully proud of its resources. In the chapel on the campus created a unique archive of the history of the school. Here are stored documents, photographs, artifacts, since the XVII century. Also in the archive is a collection of instruments, plants, insects, minerals. Most of the exhibits date from the 18th century.
The school has three libraries. Scientific is known for its five thousandth profile fund and a rich collection of periodicals (18 types of magazines). Literature is offered to students in Moberly. Also in the library there is a computer classroom, a games room, a periodical hall. In the library for the scholarship holders are kept ancient folios, manuscripts. The pride of the collection is a plate made of clay, created more than 2500 years ago. Also among the treasures of the library are folios, read by Louis XII and Elizabeth I, the first edition of the Newtonian "Origins".
The auditorium of the boarding school also has something to be proud of. Each class in Winchester College is equipped with a multimedia projector, an interactive whiteboard. In the academic buildings there are also computer classes, scientific centers. On the campus there is an art school, a music school. Since 2003, the observatory is equipped with a six-inch Meade telescope.
The sports infrastructure of the prestigious boarding school is extensive and modern. On the campus there is a martial arts hall, a physical education center, a fitness and a gym. The school also has a 25-meter swimming pool. The sports infrastructure includes a shooting gallery with 6 fire strips 25 meters in length, a squash club with two glazed areas and 4 classic courts, 7 cricket grounds, fields for "fives", "rackets", tennis courts, a dozen football fields. The school also has 40 miles of coastal territory on Itchena. Students are given the opportunity to train in a natural pond for rowing, fishing, sailing.
The Winchester College also has its own medical center. It is versatile. In the center work pediatricians, therapists, allergists, orthopedists, pulmonologists. The complex includes a polyclinic department and a hospital.
The school year is divided into terms. The first starts in September, the second in January and the third in April. The study ends in early July. In the year there are 3 vacations for 1-2 weeks.
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