Winchester: best-rated primary and secondary schools

Winchester has lots of excellent private and state schools that attract families to the area
Winchester College
Winchester College is an academic private boarding school for boys
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Winchester's excellent state schools are a huge attraction with almost all of the city's state primary schools rated “good” or better by the government education watchdog Ofsted.

Two out of the three state comprehensive schools, Westgate in Cheriton Road and King’s School in Romsey Road, get well-above average results at GCSE, while the sixth form college Peter Symonds in Owens Road gets an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.

There are also a range of excellent private schools in the area, including The Pilgrims’ School (boys ages four to 13). This private day and boarding school is also the choir school for Winchester Cathedral.

St Swithin’s (girls ages three to 18; boys ages three to seven) in Alresford Road is a private non-selective girls school. Prince’s Park (co-ed ages three to 11) in Worthy Park House and Twyford (co-ed ages three to 13) are two local prep schools, both housed in historic buildings.

Winchester College is an academic private boarding school for boys. The school has an ancient history and many of the properties in the surrounding warren of streets are owned by the college; some overseas parents buy second homes in Winchester while their children are at the school.

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