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The Pilgrims’ School

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The Pilgrims’ School

Address: 3 The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LT
Founded: 1931
Number of Pupils: 241
Ages: 4-13
Fees: (termly) prep-prep, £4,070; prep, £7,092; prep boarding (from Year 4), £9,036
Head Teacher: Dr Sarah Essex
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: Taster day at school that incorporates academic assessment plus reference from current school.
Contact: Emma Short, Registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Visitors very welcome. Open mornings and events published on website. School tours by arrangement with Registrar.


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 College, Radley College, Canford, Sherborne, Marlborough College, 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. With its outstanding academic results it feeds the top independent schools in the country. A double choir school in a unique position, between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College. Delicious food is cooked on-site using fresh local ingredients. Its exceptional pastoral care makes it stand out from the rest.

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