Taking responsibility seriously

Throughout their time at Winchester, pupils are supported by an extensive network of staff who are responsible for their emotional and physical wellbeing.

This network includes all of the teaching staff, the majority of whom are house tutors.  

On joining the school, pupils are closely monitored to ensure that they are settling in to life at Winchester, with any early worries quickly spotted and addressed. 


Housemaster & Housemistress

The Housemaster or Housemistress takes primary responsibility for the pastoral care of every child in the House. They have a detailed understanding of each child’s life at the school, from mental and physical health to their academic and extra-curricular profile.

The principal role of the Housemaster or Housemistress is to help pupils to find their place and to thrive within the school community.

House team

There is an extended team of support, comprising house tutors, who come from a broad range of specialist academic backgrounds, a matron, and a designated paediatric nurse from the school’s Medical Centre.

The adults in each house are there to support the pupils, and enable them to develop and explore all that the school has to offer.


We have a fully-staffed Medical Centre, open 24/7 during term time, with a team of paediatric nurses and doctors available for advice, guidance and support. Our pupils’ physical and mental wellbeing is maintained on a day-to-day basis, including up-to-date asthma, allergy and orthopaedic care. Pupils also have access to a wide range of external services available through the school.

Health and Wellbeing at Winchester College

Learning support

The Learning Support team is based in the Learning Centre on College Street, providing personalised one-to-one study skills support for a wide range of pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs.

It is an important principle that any pupil in the school is potentially able to request some support sessions and the team has worked with pupils keen to increase their chances of being accepted by prestigious universities, including Oxbridge.

The department also administers specialist teacher assessment reports, which can diagnose specific learning difficulties, and provide recommendations for appropriate access arrangements during examinations. It runs study skills and mindfulness sessions for Divs in different year groups.

Pastoral support group

The school’s Pastoral Support Group meets every week to co-ordinate the pastoral and medical care of pupils. The group is led by the Deputy Head Pastoral and DSL, and includes the Second Master, the Director of Studies, the Surmaster Pastoral, the Senior Housemaster, Lead Nurse, Deputy DSLs, the School Counsellor and the College Chaplain.

Find out more about Safeguarding at Winchester College

Electronic Devices

We place the highest value on face-to-face communication and believe that a child’s digital life should be a complement to their real life and not a substitute for it. However, we are also realistic and know that we live in a digital world. All pupils in the first two years will hand in phones and their Microsoft Surface overnight, and we have rules on when they may play games on phones and Surfaces. 

Read our Electronic Devices policy

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