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Eton College

, Berkshire

Boys Only

Full Boarding

Eton was founded by King Henry VI in 1440 and lies just across the river Thames from the pretty Berkshire town of Windsor; most famous for its royal castle. Throughout its history Eton has been one of the leading independent schools in the UK and it continues to provide a stimulating all-round education, coupled with academic excellence.

Eton is a boys’ boarding school with around 1,300 pupils. Our pupils join at the age of 13 (with a few joining in the sixth form) and continue right through until they are 18.

Ours is a modern, forward-thinking school which embraces new opportunities within teaching and learning. Tradition remains important and still shapes some of our guiding principles, but it is a willingness to innovate which has seen the school thrive for almost six centuries.

We offer an excellent sports and activities programme enabling boys to identify and develop their own skills and strengths, within a supportive environment.

We welcome talented boys, whatever their background and can offer significant levels of financial support (up to 100% of full fees).

If you’re considering sending your son here please do come and visit and experience Eton for yourselves.

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A UK Independent School is independent of its finances and governance and typically charges fees for attendance instead of being funded by the UK Government. Pupils at Independent Schools (synonymous with ‘Private Schools') don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Ofsted inspects half of all UK Independent Schools. The Independent Schools Inspectorate inspects schools that are members of the associations that form the Independent Schools Council. The School Inspection Service inspects some other schools.

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