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Head, Emma Goldsmith wins Tatler 'Best Head of a Prep School'

Head, Emma Goldsmith wins Tatler 'Best Head of a Prep School'

We are pleased to announce that Emma Goldsmith, Head of Winchester House, won the prestigious Award for ‘Best Head of a Prep School' at the Tatler Awards Ceremony last night.

This is a significant achievement and a national award and is great recognition of our community, her work and her vision for the School.  

This year we have launched our vision for Winchester House 2020. This involves looking at how we improve and develop the School to ensure that Winchester House continues to be a forward-thinking school, providing the best possible learning experiences in a warm and purposeful community.  

The most significant development is that from September 2019 there will no longer be academic lessons on a Saturday morning for Years 5-8. As well as day places, we will continue to offer a strong boarding community, retaining our weekly and flexible boarding options (including Friday night boarding) and there will be opportunities for competitive sports fixtures in the week and on selected ‘Sporting Saturdays.’  To find out more about the Winchester House 2020 vision, please click here.

Academically, as well as preparing children for senior schools, we will continue to focus on developing life skills and prepare children for life beyond the classroom. Our new Independent Learning Tutorials (ILT) provides dedicated time, built into the timetable, to allow pupils to study and allows us to help the pupils manage their own diary and take a level of ownership of their own learning.

These tutorials include:

  • Drop-in sessions, allowing pupils access to their teachers to ask questions and get any help they would like.
  • Subject Clinics providing support in specific areas of the curriculum.  This aids pupil revision in preparation for exams and enables pupils to refresh themselves on syllabus content that they may need as part of their current learning.
  • Subject support to specific individuals to enable them to achieve their potential.  This would include scholarship candidates and pupils who need subject specific support.

We are developing a programme of Mastery Morning on specific Saturdays for Year 7&8 children. These mornings will offer the opportunity for external speakers to deliver inspiring master classes and workshops.  

Our Ignite Programme was launched last year and aims to spark the imagination of the children, kick start their curiosity and challenge their perceptions through a series of speakers who come and talk to the children.  

Well-being remains a key focus within the school. As well as our Well-Being Mentor – someone that children can visit to talk about feelings and share any worries they may have – we have recently introduced 2 new roles, Head of Year 5&6 and Head of Year 7&8 to further improve the school's pastoral care. They will be working closely with the tutors and two Assistant Heads to ensure that the school is best able to support the whole child, both academically and pastorally.   

We are a supportive, family-friendly school offering wrap-around care, parent workshops, a focus on face to face meetings, flexible pick up and drop off times and a network of minibuses. Best of all, PE and Games kit are also laundered in school! In 2019 we will also be introducing a minibus from London.  

This is an exciting time for Winchester House as we look to the future - please do come and visit.

Open Mornings: Saturday 6th October and Friday 12th October   

Nursery Come & Play: Tuesday 13th November

or to arrange a personal visit: contact our Registrar Jessica Baker on or 01280 846497, alternatively to find out more about our Open Mornings and Come & Play dates, please click here.