Winchester Collegereview by University of Oxford student. The class size at Winchester College was definitely small enough (as low as 7) to allow everyone's voice to be heard, all the teachers were very accessible and more than willing to help out in the evenings after hours even in their own houses, and the work load was enough to fill your time but definitely bearable especially if you were organised. Overall excellent in these departments. School was very enthusiastic about not 'spoon feeding' and teaching a broad range of skills and did this to a certain extent by giving us a taste of lots of areas (art, music, extra english etc) but not in that much detail. Also, like any good private school I have realised since arriving at uni that there was far more spoon feeding than I had originally realised in order to make sure we were 100% prepared for A-levels, however I think this is always the case due to the formulaic nature of the exams.
Housing was good although we only had a single room in our top year (something I liked but not everyone did.) The food was taken in house and was therefore variable but our house was good (B house). The neighbourhood was fairly safe being in the middle of a fairly quiet city, although there was some trouble from local state schools. The social events were good fun although more could have been done with local girls schools at a school level (as opposed to pupils always making their own arrangements). For instance our end of school balls clashed with one another so we could not go to one anothers - whether deliberate or due to poor administration none of the pupils were happy about this. The ethnic and socio-economic background was mainly white and middle/upper class as was the city in which we lived.
There is a wide range of activities on offer including scuba-diving to shooting, however the key sports (footaball cricket) were not played to an execptional level, although a good enough one considering our emphasis on academics. Also we did not play rugby as we played our own game instead - a tradition which had mixed reviews. I most enjoyed house sport which gave everyone an opportunity for regular informal yet competitive games.