Peter Symonds College is a sixth form college offering a broad choice of courses for 16-19 year olds of all academic abilities within the community of Winchester and its environs. It is the only sixth form college nationally to offer boarding places, frequently to those in forces schools abroad, but also to nationals of the Falkland Islands. Its primary focus for 16-19 year olds is advanced level work, reflecting the ability and attainment in local schools.
On a separate site, and within the wider community, the college offers a range of adult education courses and training. In line with the Governments Principles underpinning the organisation of 16-19 provision. Peter Symonds College has distinct arrangements for the management, teaching, guidance and pastoral care for 16-19 year olds and adults. This allows us better to respond to the differing needs, aspirations and interests of young people and adults.
Peter Symonds College seeks to equip its students not only to succeed in the short term, but to recognise their longer term potential. The adult Continuing Education division of the college has a particular focus on widening participation, basic skills and level 2. It also seeks to work with employers to raise skills levels in the workplace.
There are two boarding houses at Peter Symonds College: Falkland Lodge and School House which are both co-educational. Both houses are on the campus itself. Falkland Lodge was opened in September 1998 and provides accommodation in single or twin-bedded rooms while School House is a handsome Victorian building in which students share 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms.
As a boarder you will meet students from a variety of backgrounds. Many have parents in the Forces and the College provides sixth form education for the Falkland Islands.