Eton College – UK Boarding School Review
Eton College is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. With an excellent well-rounded education, a wide range of co-curricular activities, and a welcoming community offering, Eton College is an independent full boarding school exclusive for boys ages 13 to 18. Eton College is renowned for its high success rate for entry to top universities such as Cambridge and Oxford in the UK and the US.
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Summary Of School
- Type of school: Boys
- Age range: 13-18
- Pupils: 1,340; sixth formers: 540
- Boarders: 100%
- Fees: Boarding £49,998 pa
- 2022 A Level Results: 83.8% A*/A
- 2022 GCSE Results: 94.2% A*/A
Admission to Eton College begins at age 10. The entire curriculum is composed of one year of foundation programme, two years of GCSE, and two years of A-Levels or Pre-U (sixth form). Admission to Eton College at age 16 is possible for a small number of candidates through the Orwell Award or Sixth Form Entry (fee-paying).
The history and influence of Eton College is prominent, beginning with its foundation in 1440 by King Henry VI. The institution was built to provide education to 70 poor boys and today it houses over 1300 students. Eton College has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy, including prime ministers and members of the British royal family in direct line succession.
Eton College Courses & Programmes
- Block F (Year 9) – Foundation programme
- Block E (Year 10) – GCSE Year 1
- Block D (Year 11) – GCSE Year 2
- Block C (Year 12) – Sixth Form Year 1 (A-Levels/Pre-U)
- Block B (Year 13) – Sixth Form Year 2 (A-Levels/Pre-U)
Eton College Entry Requirements And Application Deadline
Year 9 (13+) Entry
A student can be registered at any time up to 30th June in UK School Year 5 (the UK academic year in which the student reached the age of 10 years), for example:
- For 2023 entry a student needs to be registered by 30th June 2020
- For 2024 entry a student needs to be registered by 30th June 2021
These are strict deadlines unless a student is specifically applying for one of he following, which eligible boys can apply for in UK School Year 8 up to the age of 13: King’s Scholarships and Music Awards: highly competitive academic and music scholarships.
Year 9 (13+) Registration
Please click on the following link to complete the online registration form: https://application.etoncollege.com/
Please see the application form for each year’s specific dates.
As part of the registration, you will need to upload a copy of the student’s unabridged birth certificate (showing parental details; this is titled ‘Certified Copy of an Entry’ on a UK certificate) and pay the non-refundable registration (currently £400 but is subject to change).
Please note that Eton College cannot process incomplete applications and reserve the right to discard them after a month. All applications for registration must be completed and received by the deadline.
Sixth Form (16+) Entry
Students who are studying at a UK independent school, state school, or overseas school may apply for Sixth Form Entry, for which there is no financial assistance available. Up to four places may be available each year.
Any available places will be offered to students of a high academic standard who are also likely to make a notable contribution to school life in sport or in the arts. The minimum qualifying standard is six GCSEs (or overseas equivalent) at A/7 grade.
Sixth Form (16+) Registration
Please click on the following link to complete the online registration form: https://www.etoncollege.com/AdmissionsDownloads.aspx
Please see the application form for each year’s specific dates.
The candidate must submit a completed application form, personal statement and a copy of his unabridged birth certificate and passport in order to be considered. A full report from his current school must also be submitted.
Short-listed candidates will be notified in October and invited to Eton in November for interviews and assessment over 2-3 days. Places will be offered in December; a candidate may be asked if he is willing to go on a waiting list in case places become available at a later date (as late as during the summer break).
Parents/guardians must sign an agreement in the application form to pay all due fees and charges (the school fee is likely to be approximately £42,500 for the 2019-2020 academic year).
An acceptance fee is only payable by those candidates who are offered a Conditional Place.
For more information on scholarships at Eton College please visit: https://www.etoncollege.com/Scholarships.aspx
For more information please see the Eton College Contact Information section.
Eton College Rankings and Results
While not formally in the A-levels league table, Eton College had stellar academic results for A levels in 2022 with 83.8% achieving A*/As. The same can be said for GCSEs, with 94.2% scoring within 9-7/A*-As.
Eton College Fees
The following information listed is the school fees for the academic year 2023/24.
Registration Fee from September 1, 2021
Boys joining in Michaelmas 2022 & 2023: £3,200 (£500 of this will be refunded when the boy leaves the school, subject to settlement of his final fees and other charges).
School Fee (payable on the first day of term by direct debit)
Current school fee
£16,666 per half [i.e. term; there are three terms in a year]. Bursaries are awarded by the Bursaries Committee as soon as a boy has been offered a conditional place at the school, which is approximately 18 months prior to his joining the school. All bursaries are means-tested.
£340 per half for lessons totalling 30 minutes per week.
£510 per half for lessons totalling 45 minutes per week.
£680 per half for lessons totalling 60 minutes per week.
School extras are billed in arrears and the level of charges varies depending on the activities a boy does while at Eton. Extras can vary greatly but are usually between £500-£1,000 per half. A full list of possible additional charges is sent to parents at the start of the academic year.
For more information please get in touch with Eton College Fees and Bursaries Accountant.
Eton College Reviews
Had a great time at school here. The teachers were fantastic and the education is exemplary.
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Eton College Accommodation
Eton College is a full boarding school committed to:
- Promoting the best habits of independent thought and learning in the pursuit of excellence;
- Providing a broadly-based education designed to enable all boys to discover their strengths, and to make the most of their talents within Eton and beyond;
- Engendering respect for individuality, difference, the importance of teamwork and the contribution that each boy makes to the life of the school and the community;
- Supporting pastoral care that nurtures physical health, emotional maturity and spiritual richness;
- Fostering self-confidence, enthusiasm, perseverance, tolerance and integrity.
When a student comes to Eton, he will join a house of just over 50 boys (70 for Colleger), aged between 13 and 18, which will be his home for the next five years. Each house is managed by a house master who is the main point of contact with the school for every student’s parent.
The house master is supported by a dame, a dame’s assistant and a full domestic staff. The dame manages the domestic side – health and cleanliness – in the house. Each house also has a deputy house master and two assistants.
Outstanding senior students are given responsibilities in the house. The house captain is in charge of encouraging the others to engage in various curricular and co-curricular activities in the school such as concerts, plays, musicals and debating competitions to name a few. The captain of games is in charge of encouraging the others to participate in various games and join the house teams.
Every student at Eton College has his own study-bedroom. This is his own private space where he can entertain friends. About half of the houses eat breakfast, lunch, and supper in Bekynton, a large central dining complex; the other half has their own chefs and their own house dining-rooms. Every house provides a mid-morning Chambers snack and a mid-afternoon boy’s tea, which is an informal affair called ‘messing’. In addition, there are Rowlands that serves snacks of any request.
Every student is allowed to go home for Long Leave every half and for Short Leave twice in the Michaelmas and once in the Lent and Summer halves. Students can also go home after formal commitments have finished on a Saturday for one other weekend each (when Chapel is on a Sunday evening). Students can also go home or go out with their parents, with their house master’s permission, whenever they are free from school or house commitments.
Here is a list of all the houses:
J A G Fulton
S-J Bentley, J Greenwood
J C A Jackson
G B Gundle
I R Gray
D P Cornell
Dr J M Gibbons
D W B Anderson
N J Mortimer
H W T Adams
R C Hardy
A B Henshilwood
T G Settle
S P Hermes
I R Swan
A M Miles
J M Stone
N P T Leathers
N W Flanaghan
J D Macartney
C D N Paterson
M G H Mowbray
D J Barker and P F M Herbommez
J D Newton
P E P Walsh
E C Yeo
J M O’Brien
T M Foster
R D Oliphant-Callum
A K Copsey
A G D Furnival
B J Holdsworth
J W F Stanforth
W I N Griffith
D M Bond
J R B Scragg
H J P Jones
P R K Bird
M T Holdcroft
Dr E J N Russell
T A Day
Revd P A Hess
Dr A Warnes
H G C Clarke
P G Williams
K M Allott
Eton College has a total of about 800 staff.
The academic staff consists of about 155 full-time house masters, part-time teachers, sports coaches, and music teachers.
The academic staff are supported by assistants who prepare laboratories, look after libraries, print and distribute documents, build sets in and maintain theatres, look after gardens and grounds, maintain and repair the ancient and modern buildings, ensure a safe and secure environment, clean rooms, cook meals, launder uniforms, and so forth.
Eton College Student Services And Extra-Curricular Activities
Life at Eton College is exciting and challenging, sometimes even exhausting but greatly rewarding. The school prides itself in the various opportunities it has created for its students. Graduates of Eton College will leave with five years worth of academic, sporting, dramatic, artistic, musical, and personal growth, with his built friendships and connections as the centre.
The Drawing Schools are very well-equipped and the departmental staff are always present to facilitate individual or team projects. The Drawing Schools have facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, computer graphics and digital photography.
The facilities include two purpose-built 3D studios that have equipment for ceramics and sculpture in wood, metal, and plaster. Within the Drawing Schools’ timetable, there are various opportunities for art projects.
The Drawing Schools stage regular exhibitions and a library that serves as a lecture room. The students are encouraged to use the studios in their free time and the Drawing Schools are open at weekends.
Drama is available in the curriculum throughout Eton College. An introductory course is open for all students in block F and students in block E and D can also choose drama in their GCSE. Students in block C and B can choose to study a joint course in English with Theatre Studies on an increased time allocation which leads to two full A levels, one in English Literature and the other in Theatre Studies.
Eton College stages more than 20 theatrical productions every year. This includes School and House Plays, a Lower Boy Play for students in E and F, and plays mounted independently by students. Productions have frequently gone to the Edinburgh Fringe. The whole repertoire is covered from classics, musicals and comedies to the latest contemporary plays. Every third year there is a School Play Festival for the performance of new plays written by students and staff.
Students can explore the world of acting, writing, and directing. In addition the students build the sets, provide lighting and sound for all shows, and run the stage and front-of-house management, under the guidance and with the training of specialist theatre staff.
The Farrer Theatre seats 401 people in a flexible auditorium and is staffed by 5 full time theatre professionals led by an Artistic Director. The theatre is fully equipped to a high standard including a full counterweight flying system with truss and motors as well as a large orchestra pit. There is a comprehensive stock of lanterns, state of the art lighting control system and excellent 7.1 surround sound capabilities supported by a digital sound desk. Backstage there is a scenic workshop and set storage, a well-stocked wardrobe, a make-up studio, Green Room and spacious dressing rooms.
The Caccia Studio and Empty Space seats 100 and 60 people respectively. These theatres offer flexible, fully equipped alternative theatre spaces. Other venues around the College are often turned into temporary theatre spaces.
Games are vital at Eton College. The school believes in the values that the concept of games provide. According to Eton, “Learning to win and lose, to lead and be led, to push oneself to and perhaps beyond one’s limits, to think as part of a team, to know when to strive for more and when to acknowledge defeat; these are all part of learning to be human.”
Every student is given the chance to benefit from learning through sport by playing and being taught the sport of his choice at the level appropriate to his abilities and interest. There are over 40 teams on some match days and each of the 25 houses fields a number of teams at senior and junior levels in the majority of sports.
Some of the sports available include:
Wall and Field Games are some of the games that can be exclusively played at Eton. There are nearly 30 different games on offer, all coached by Eton College masters and professional coaches.
There is a school team for just about every boy who wants to play – this amounts to more than 40 teams on some match days – and each of the 25 houses fields a number of teams at senior and junior levels in the majority of sports.
At the highest level of expertise, Eton College sportsmen consistently challenge against the strongest school opponents in the UK and overseas.
The Music Schools at Eton College are also very well equipped and fully staffed. The facilities at the new building consists of a purpose-built orchestral rehearsal room, recording studio, computer room with twelve PC workstations, a pre/post-production suite, rock band studio, electric guitar teaching room, and twelve other teaching and practice rooms. While the facilities at the old building has been rebuilt and consists of three floors of teaching, rehearsal and practice rooms, together with a 250-seater Concert Hall, academic teaching rooms, a library and an organ room.
Currently, there are 122 Music Scholars and Music Exhibitioners at Eton College. Between six and eight Music Scholarships and up to six Music Exhibitions at 13+ are offered each year. Many Sixth Form Scholarship applicants also offer music.
Over 1,000 music lessons are taught each week by a music staff of seven full-time masters and over seventy visiting teachers; instruments range from sitar and tabla to the full range of orchestral and solo instruments.
Senior students put on their own concerts; orchestras, bands (jazz bands, wind band, pipe band), chamber ensembles, choirs, choral society, and music technology. The orchestras and choirs conduct concerts outside of the school occasionally; the College Chapel Choir goes on a two-week concert tour every Easter Holidays.
At Eton College there are about fifty societies and clubs in existence at any one time.
Some of the societies at present include:
- Alexander Cozens (Art)
- Banks (conservation)
- Henry Fielding
- Keynes (economics)
- Middle Eastern
- Model United Nations
- Modern Languages
- Orwell (left-wing)
- Simeon (Christian)
- Parry (music)
- Praed (poetry)
- Rock (music)
- Rous (equestrian)
- Salisbury (diplomatic)
- Tech Club
- Wellington (military)
- Wine and Wotton’s (philosophy)
Meetings are usually held after supper, starting at 8:45pm. Reports of recent society meetings can be found in the news pages. Some society meetings are open to students from other schools.
Eton College organises a rich programme of community engagement activities both independently and in partnership with local organisations and initiatives. These voluntary activities form an integral part of the extra-curricular timetable of many sixth-formers at Eton, with about 180 students currently involved.
Students typically engage in community service once or twice a week, in any one of the following activities:
Students volunteer to read with younger children of all ages at a range of local schools, including the Eton Porny First School, Datchet Church of England Combined School and Eton Wick First School. Arbour Vale is the furthest school visited by the students (a 20-minute bicycle ride) where they take part in classroom and sports activities with disabled children and children with learning difficulties. New ventures have included helping with physical education at the James Elliman School in Slough and assisting in modern language classes at the Eton and Slough Community School.
Students visit elderly people in their homes, in Eton Wick and Eton itself: they go along for a cup of tea and a chat, or perhaps to help in the garden. Some students visit the Charteris Day Centre in Eton, while others go to the Upton Hospital in Slough where they spend time with the elderly patients.
Eton College has established ties with a number of local charity shops in Slough and Windsor. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the students help other volunteers ‘behind the scenes’ with the sorting and display of donated goods.
Students help at Riding for the Disabled in Fulmer, Bucks. For the last two years, students at Eton College have tended the grave of a young soldier from Eton Wick who was killed in action during the World War II. Others belong to the Friendly Club and visit the local Mencap centre in Langley, and there is also a ‘Monday Run’, in which students take food, clothing and other essentials to the homeless people of Slough. Recent one-off activities have included helping with the Windsor Festival.
Eton Action is a fund-raising organisation which supports local, national, and international appeals. Every year in September Eton College hosts a fair which attracts a healthy crowd and raises many thousands of pounds. Students vote on the use of funds raised by the yearly Eton Action Fair and other charitable events organised by students.
Eton College actively participates in helping other charitable and voluntary schemes as long as the timetable and manpower permits. For more information please contact the master in charge of Community Service at Eton College.