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International applications

We welcome families from all over the world. Pupils gain from the rich experiences offered by a traditional English education, and in return, we are enriched by the unique qualities they contribute. International pupils play a vital role in maintaining our school's diversity and talent pool, mirroring the global society of today.

We are able to support a limited number of ChildStudent visa applications for boys joining Boarding in Year 4 and above only.

For our international boys, it is necessary to have a relative or legal guardian residing in the UK that Pilgrims' can reach out to in the event of an emergency. The obligation rests on the parents to make sure this arrangement is secured.

All boys joining the school must be appropriately fluent in both written and spoken English. Our teaching is fast-paced and conducted in English (with the exception of French), with a strong emphasis on written work. Older candidates may be required to sit a Cat 4 Test and submit samples of work before being invited for an assessment. We may suggest a Zoom interview, but candidates will still be required to attend a taster day with further assessments at the school, at which point they may meet with our EAL specialist.

Contact us 

Emma, our Registrar, will be more than happy to help advise and talk to you about Pilgrims'. Email her at

Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.