Eton College is an independent boarding school founded in 1440 by King Henry VI for seventy boys from disadvantaged backgrounds. To this day, the school continues to offer seventy full scholarships. The school’s list of famous alumni is as long as its history and includes prime ministers, actors, princes and spies to name but a few.
The ethos at Eton is very much predicated on supporting anything your child is interested in. This approach is appreciated enormously both by ex-Etonians and boys still at the school. Whilst more niche talents and interests could go ignored at other schools, Eton actively seeks them and fosters curiosity. There are many society meetings every term and boys are encouraged to start their own societies and invite guest speakers of their choice.
Here are some examples of Eton societies: entrepreneurship, literary, mathematics, history, history of art, architecture, economics, theatre, shooting. The list goes on!
The atmosphere is naturally competitive but the boys are friendly and there is plenty of pastoral support. Eton operates a tutor system. Juniors are provided with a tutor by the school for the first three years. In the penultimate year, students are permitted to select a tutor of their choice till the end of school. Tutors not only discuss any problems boys may be experiencing but also take them on excursions and host dinners.
Facilities at Eton are second to none. This is perhaps best exemplified by their Dorney Rowing Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympic Games. Additionally, Eton is host to the Farrer Theatre, Caccia Studios and empty space for your son to exercises his dramatic talents.