Particularly bright boys may be invited to take part in Election, the academic scholarship exam.
Election is taken instead of the Winchester Entrance exam. It is a unique selection process involving both written examinations and interviews. Election typically takes place at the school over three days in the April or May of Year 8.
Those boys who are successful at Election are awarded either:
An Academic Scholarship, Exhibition or Headmaster’s Nomination does not automatically carry a remission of school fees. Financial assistance is available via our substantial bursaries programme.
Candidates from prep schools sit compulsory papers in English, Maths 1, Science and General Paper 1. They must also take at least three papers from the following subjects Latin, French, Greek, History, Geography, Maths 2 and General Paper 2.
We have reformed the Election process to be more accessible to pupils from different academic backgrounds. Candidates from the maintained sector sit compulsory papers in English, Maths 1 and General Paper 1. They are, of course, free to undertake any of the additional papers if they wish.
The subject syllabuses below set out what may be included within each paper. If you have any questions about Election, please contact Mr Ian Fraser, Master-in-College, or Mrs Ros Robertson, Election Secretary.
Parents and teachers preparing candidates from the maintained sector to sit papers in English and Maths (Paper 1) at Election are invited to e-mail the Master in College or the Registrar’s office with any questions. They will be happy to assist and can direct their queries to the appropriate Head of Department if needed.
Past papers are a helpful way of preparing. They give a good indication of the level and difficulty of typical questions.The following examples of Election papers from recent years are provided to give prospective pupils an idea of what to expect.
College Housemaster (known as Master-in-College)
Ian Fraser joined Winchester College in 1990 as a Biology teacher, and became the College Housemaster (known as the Master-in-College) in 2012. He is responsible for the Election process: from the initial discussions with potential candidates about their suitability for Election, through to the final selection of the scholars.
Ian has a degree in Biological Sciences from Birmingham University and a PGCE from Cambridge. During his time at Winchester, Ian has been Head of Biology, Master in Charge of Swimming, an RAF officer in the Combined Cadet Force, and a set designer in the school’s theatre. He is a SCUBA Divemaster and remains Master in Charge of the Expedition Society, taking boys to remote parts of the globe.
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23rd November 2020
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13th October 2020
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9th October 2020
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