Winchester House School offers outstanding education to boys and girls aged 3-13 with day, occasional and weekly-boarding available. Located on the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire borders, it has a deserved reputation for academic, sporting, musical and dramatic success.
The aim of Winchester House School is to develop life-long learners with a spirit of resourcefulness and self-reliance within a warm and purposeful community. We strive to give each child a thirst for learning through a stimulating and innovative curriculum which pursues excellence. We encourage children to take up opportunities and embrace challenge with tenacity.
High aspirations are fundamental to our approach to learning at Winchester House School.
We are focused on developing lifelong learners who thrive on challenge, adventure and a dynamic range of educational opportunities and experiences.
Our Creative Curriculum inspires learners and children become mentally and physically busy, fully involved and fully engaged in their learning.
Our teachers are highly-experienced and children learn through fun and engaging teaching based on our learning philosophy: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn". (Benjamin Franklin – 1706-1790)
We have outstanding facilities, small class sizes and all subjects from Year 5 are taught by specialist teachers. Over 50% of our children last year gained scholarships and awards to the top senior schools in the country, but more than that, children learn the joy of learning and acquire the right skills to equipment them for the future.
Nurturing every child's self-esteem to ensure that they are resilient, enabling them to tackle and overcome any obstacle they face. Building a child's self-esteem is key to happiness and their ability and desire to learn. Our unique Learn to Lead programme teaches leadership and team-building. It equips pupils with the right tools to approach and tackle problems and challenges, encouraging the children to develop the qualities required for leadership and giving them every opportunity and support in practising them.
As well as preparing children for success, we teach the children the skills needed to cope with failing and teach them to see any 'failure' as a stepping stone to success in the future. Regular lunchtime music concerts and public speaking competitions, for example, are a great opportunity for children to challenge themselves in a supportive environment.
A determination to take up opportunities and embrace challenge with tenacity. All children are encouraged to live their lives through the Winchester House School Way – "To be your best self".
At Winchester House School we want our children to take pride in everything they do. We do this by celebrating all their successes, however small, and encourage them to take risks and strive to do their best.
We encourage positive relationships through an awareness of others and a fulfilment of our School moto 'non solus nobis' (not for ourselves alone). Winchester House School is a special place and pastoral care is very strong. Parents and children talk passionately about their love of the school and our children leave confident and prepared for life at their next school and beyond.
We encourage respect and kindness and enjoy a warm school community where every child is valued. All children from Year 3 belong to one of 4 houses ensuring cross-year friendships. We have a strong boarding community with over 100 boarders boarding at least one night a week. We also have an active community for parents- the 'Friend of Winchester House' are a valued part of school life, welcoming new families, organising social events for the parents and larger School events such as Advent Fayres, fireworks and Easter egg hunts! "Pupils... are self-assured, with high levels of confidence, and have a strong awareness of moral issues."(ISI Report)