Winchester United Kingdom
The Pilgrims' School, Winchester


One of the top prep schools in the country for boys aged 4-13, day or boarding, we are a friendly, welcoming school in a beautiful historic location. Our 260 boys include the choristers for Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College Chapel.

“The Pilgrims’ School strives to realise every ounce of potential within our boys.  We give them options and choices.  We support each boy’s uniqueness, within a diverse range of interests.  We guide them on their journey to become themselves; the very best they can be in every regard.”

The Curriculum

School is exciting, learning is exciting. Pilgrims’ is a place of outstanding personalised learning and teaching.  We take great care to ensure that the interests and specific talents of each boy are valued and developed across our broad curriculum, co-curriculum, and extra-curriculum.

Games & the Arts

A progressive approach to games; traditional sports are played daily. Winter games are football, rugby and hockey. In the summer, cricket and athletics. Art, drama and design & technology are much loved. Music is an exceptional strength.

Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care is exemplary. Not only do we have a deputy head pastoral, a director of wellbeing and a lay chaplain, we also have heads of year, form teachers and vertical tutor groups looking after not just the academic but also the pastoral life of the boys. In addition, we have a team of boarding house parents, nurses and matrons working together to provide excellent care.

Recent Scholarships

Winchester College, Eton, Radley, Canford, Sherborne, Marlborough, Magdalen College School: academic, music, art, sport.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

The Pilgrims’ School is the perfect place for boys from reception to year 8 to learn and grow up – to find their passions and nurture them. It is a place of outstanding personalised learning and teaching. All boys move onto their senior schools with confidence having made excellent progress academically and pastorally.

Outstanding Characteristics

  • Pilgrims’ is a day and boarding school for boys age 4-13
  • A double choir school
  • Outstanding academic results
  • Feeds top independent schools in country
  • Unique position, between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College.
  • Delicious food cooked on-site using fresh local ingredients.
  • Exceptional pastoral care

  • Day school tuition No Information
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    7th Grade/Year 8
  • Number of Students 260
  • Year founded 1931
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Grades for boarding school 4th Grade/Year 5 -
    8th Grade/Year 9
  • Type Boys

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

Taster day at school that incorporates academic assessment plus reference from current school.

Visitors very welcome (currently on Zoom). Open Mornings and events are published on the website. 
School tours by arrangement with the Registrar. 

  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List No


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • Gifted and talented student support Yes
  • Learning support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught French, Latin
  • Examinations available

School Life

  • Bus service No
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Pastoral Care Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school Yes
  • School start time 0800
  • School end time 1540 YR-2<br>1640 Y3-8
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes

Living Accommodations

Two boarding houses

Supervised Care

for Year R - Year 3

Sports Teams

twice weekly fixtures in term time