Eton College provides a full boarding education for around 1,300 boys aged 13–18.
Entry to Eton and academic considerations
Selection is based on all-round qualities as opposed to solely academic strengths. Almost all boys now take the College’s pre-assessment at age 11 (the registration deadline is 10 years and 6 months), which involves a reasoning test, an interview and a school report. Conditional places are offered for entry at 13, subject to qualification through Common Entrance or Eton’s King’s Scholarship examination. Boys entering from the state sector in Year 9 take an exam based on the National Curriculum.
Boys study for GCSE and IGCSE, AS- and A-levels, as well as Pre-U examinations in modern languages and music. The success rate for entry to Oxford, Cambridge, and other leading UK and US universities is exceptionally high.
Facilities and activities
Within a close house community of around 50, every boy has an individual study-bedroom. Boarding houses are run by a resident house master and dame, and each boy is also assigned a tutor who encourages his intellectual and personal development. Eton has a Learning Centre which supports dyslexic pupils or those with other special needs.
Eton has outstanding facilities for music, design art and drama. Its seemingly unlimited sports provision now includes the Thames Valley Athletics Stadium, which is shared with external clubs and organisations. Eton also has a rowing lake at Dorney, venue for the 2012 Olympics. Combined The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is growing in popularity, while more than 200 speakers address society meetings each year.
“At Eton, you are encouraged and supported in learning to be yourself, and then to be more than you thought you could be.”