CATALYST by Winchester College is a selective, immersive programme that aims to help 13-18 year old students understand how economic, social, scientific, technological, and cultural change happens in the world, believing it will empower tomorrow’s leaders to be drivers of responsible change in the future.


We often tell young people that they are tomorrow’s changemakers, but when do we ever help them understand what change actually is? What does it mean to make change? And when is change good vs. bad?


The world’s problems are increasingly interdisciplinary. CATALYST challenges students to problem solve with peers from across the world through interactive simulations addressing complex topics… the ethical governance of artificial intelligence, the climate emergency, and the philosophy of behavior change, among others.

2023 Programmes

Innovative programmes for original thinkers

Change factors & forces

Ages: 13-18

Dates: 3rd-7th April & 10th-14th July 2023

Location: Online Campus / remote

A 1-week deep dive into the factors and forces that drive societal change & the chance to develop a team-based ‘Change Project’ addressing a clear problem.

Rethinking Change Systems

Ages: 13-18

Dates: 17th-28rd July & 31st July – 11th August 2023

Location: Online Campus / Remote

A 2-week immersion into the foundations of change systems & the chance to develop a personal change project addressing a clear problem you’ve identified and that you are passionate about addressing.



Unique programming

Access the unique teaching practices and resources of one of the world’s most distinguished schools in a programme designed to challenge at every step.


Experience interdisciplinary problem solving aimed at helping you thrive in complexity, reason from first principles, and balance chaos with collaboration.

Enduring community

Join a thriving network of ambitious peers from around the world, sharing views and expertise, while connecting with the wider Winchester College network.

University prep

Undertake distinctive projects to stretch your horizons and set you apart. Tap into a network of admissions experts who can support your journey to university.

Impactful coaching

Equip yourself with the ability to interrogate and catalyse change through personal coaching from course tutors and an executive coach.

Skill development

Learn through mistakes, make sense of the world, and collaborate to solve difficult problems… academic and professional skills that will last a lifetime.


CATALYST is designed in keeping with Winchester College’s established inquiry-led practice which teaches pupils how to think, challenges established opinions and engenders a love for discussion and exploration.


CATALYST addresses the big questions: how do we teach our students to think? What can looking across disciplines and beyond boundaries bring to us? CATALYST students engage in discussion and debate, and embrace the idea of learning unconstrained by exam or tightly defined curricula.

CATALYST looks beyond the constraints of a traditional syllabus, instead focusing on helping students explore how the world changes, to emerge as global drivers of change, themselves. Save 10% when you use our referral code ‘SBC23’ on your application.