Magdalen College School is a remarkable place. We are now well into our sixth century, and our former pupils include scholars, war heroes, musicians, Olympians, two Nobel Prize laureates, a Hollywood film director, and a saint.

Our success in public examinations, in securing places at top universities, and in an astonishing array of extra-curricular pursuits ensure that we continue this proud tradition. We do so by nurturing the individual potential of each of our pupils, and above all we believe that learning is as fun as it is fulfilling.

Magdalen College School was founded in 1480 by William Waynflete: schoolmaster, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England. Being of humble origins, Waynflete was determined that others of ability should be given the opportunity to learn, to serve and to prosper as he did. And so MCS offers a transformative education in our global university city, the community to which we contribute.

We remain true to Waynflete’s legacy today. Although our current pupils may not aspire to any or all of the vocations listed above, we aim to inspire them to flourish in life by flourishing here.

We are delighted to have been named The Sunday Times Southeast Independent School of the Year for 2019. Further details can be discovered here.

Meeting our pupils and staff is the best way of understanding what makes MCS the exceptional place it is, and so we look forward to welcoming you here.


Helen Pike, Master