We are pleased to welcome boys who we believe will thrive at The Pilgrims' School and who will make the most of the opportunities ahead. We are looking for the best possible fit, academically, socially, and pastorally. 


When to join the school

The main points for entry to the school are Reception (4+) and Years 3 and 4 (8+/9+). A good number of boys also join in the senior years (11+) for preparation relative to scholarships and the ISEB and Common Entrance examinations, for specialist teaching for Winchester College’s own entry examination, and for experience as a boarder before boarding at senior school.It may be possible to join the school at other times, either as a dayboy or boarder, subject to places being available.

Boarders may join the school from Year 4, which is also the main entry point for the Choristers and Quiristers, the choral scholars for Winchester Cathedral Choir and Winchester College Chapel Choir. On occasion, boys may board in Year 3. Boarding is very popular and generally oversubscribed. Early registration is strongly advised. 



The Pilgrims' School is quite small, and settling in is very easy for the new boys who join us  - and for their parents, too! It begins from your son's taster day, when a current Pilgrim will be waiting to introduce himself and take care of his guest for the whole day. He will help your son to find his way around the school and make sure he meets the other boys who will quickly become his new friends. Once you have accepted a place at the school, your son will be linked to a Pilgrim in the same form, who becomes his 'substance'. He will be waiting to meet his 'shadow' on his first day at school, and will most likely have made contact with your son before then. You are given lots of information about the school day, including a school handbook and a parent directory, and the Class Rep of the Pilgrims' Parents' Association ensures that you meet the other parents of boys in your son's class. All new boys and parents are invited in to school for an orientation day before the start of term. By the time you join the school, we hope that you will feel very much at home.