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Learn to Lead
Learn to Lead is an all-inclusive programme that teaches leadership and team-building. The Winchester House model is unique for prep school children and the school is proud to have been a pioneer in this vital area of learning, development and confidence building. A decade on, the programme remains at the heart of all the school does.

The Learn to Lead Programme is about equipping pupils with the right tools to approach and tackle problems and challenges, encouraging the children to develop the qualities required for leadership and giving them every opportunity and support in practising them.

The Learn to Lead Programme supports the pupil in developing:

  • the ability to analyse his or her own strengths and weaknesses plus the ability to set personal goals and to have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation and abilities to carry them out.
  • the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action and to influence the opinions and behaviour of others for the good and to serve as a role model.

Many aspects of school routine have been adjusted to enable children in the Upper School to exercise greater responsibility for themselves and their peers. This culminates with the Year 8s completing a Learn to Lead log book based around 14 personal qualities which they reflect on during their final year to help them make the most of the many opportunities that come their way.

Across the year groups, practical leadership tasks are presented to the pupils as part of their curriculum. Facilities, such as a low-ropes course, have been installed to enrich the children's experience. The programme, under the stewardship of Mr Warren Silman (M.L.A), also involves a number of challenges throughout the year, and expeditions in June each year to wild and remote parts of the U.K.
The expeditions schedule includes:

  • Year 3 - a one-night camp on the school site and an introduction to bushcraft with an instructor.
  • Year 4 - visit Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, for a one night / two day wild camping experience.
  • Year 5 - visit Cornbury Park for two nights and three days.
  • Year 6 - experience the Norfolk coast for three nights / four days.
  • Year 7 - travel to Snowdonia where they will camp for five nights and experience what it is like to climb a mountain as a team. As well as navigating in open mountain territory they will do one night wild camping and enjoy other activities such as Canadian kayaking and rocking climbing.