With education high on the list when choosing where to live it’s not only quantity that’s important but quality. Winchester schools deliver on both
School location has always been top of the hitlist for family homebuyers and in Winchester homebuyers are literally spoilt for choice by the number of Winchester schools. Both the sheer scale and quality of schooling in the area is becoming a major reason for London commuters with families to move out of town and choose Winchester as their new base.
The Hampshire city is served by 36 Winchester schools in all. These include 29 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and 6 schools for pupils aged 16 to 18. Of these 14 are community schools, 12 are voluntary controlled or aided (ie affiliated with a foundation or trust) and seven are independent schools with three further education colleges completing the mix.
But it’s not just the quantity that wins buyers over but quality too. The concentration of schooling in the city has led to intense competition and as a result standards that exceed the average. Last year alone the top Winchester schools continued to outperform the national average of 59.2% for pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades at GSCE according to school performance tables produced by the Department for Education.
How individual schools rank
For independent girls day and boarding school St Swithun’s 100% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and Maths in 2013 – and have done so since 2010 at least. 100% also achieved at least 2 A levels at grades A* to E last year whilst more than three quarters (78%) achieved 3 A levels at grades AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects.
Although figures are not available through Department for Education’s school performance tables for 2013 for Winchester College the independent boys school has also performed strongly over recent years – with 98% of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades in 2010, 99% in 2011 and 94% in 2012. For older pupils 79% achieved D3 or above – the equivalent of grade A at A level in 2013 and 45 leavers went to Oxbridge in the same year.
The Westgate School
The Westgate school, a mixed comprehensive community school in Winchester which is also Hampshire’s first 4 to 16 all through school, achieved 84% of pupils getting five or more A* to C grades at GCSE or equivalent level in 2013, up 10% on the year before. The 2013 results put it in the top three of similar schools in England with an average grade of B+.
The school is followed closely behind by Kings’ School – another state funded mixed comprehensive school in Winchester where 83% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE level or equivalent. The school, which serves 11 to 16 year olds and has more than 1600 pupils, has also been judged as outstanding by OFSTED on four consecutive occasions.
Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades at GCSE level in 2013
Source: The Department of Education School Performance Tables
|School Name||Type||% 5+ A*-C GCSE (inc Eng & Maths)|
|St Swithun’s School||Independent School||100%|
|The Westgate School||Community School||84%|
|Kings’ School||Community School||83%|