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Curriculum

Theology, philosophy, religion

In an atmosphere of honesty and mutual respect, the boys learn to consider controversial issues sensitively and to reflect thoughtfully and tolerantly about theological, philosophical, and religious ideas, past and present.

Theology, philosophy, and religion (TPR), studied for Common Entrance, is structured in a way to encourage an open-minded response to the relevance of religion and all its diversity.

Christianity is singled out for special study throughout the course because of its historical and contemporary influence on British institutions and society. Judaism, because of its importance in understanding Christianity and its historical, geographical, and social relevance also has a central place in the syllabus. Using a thematic approach, pupils also study elements from each world religion.

Philosophy and ethics are an important part of the syllabus. In the Junior years, philosophy emerges organically after reading Bible stories and considering contemporary issues. In the Senior years, the study of the Great Thinkers and their ideas begins formally with Plato.

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.