29 Facts About Eton College


Eton College is a public school in Eton, Berkshire, England.

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Eton College is one of only three public schools, along with Harrow and Radley, to have retained the boys-only, boarding-only tradition, which means that its boys live at the school seven days a week.

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Eton College has announced plans to increase the figure to around 320 pupils, with 70 educated free of charge, with the intention that the number of pupils receiving financial assistance from the school continues to increase.

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Eton College was founded by King Henry VI as a charity school to provide free education to 70 poor boys who would then go on to King's College, Cambridge, founded by the same King in 1441.

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Eton College persuaded the then Pope, Eugene IV, to grant him a privilege unparalleled anywhere in England: the right to grant indulgences to penitents on the Feast of the Assumption.

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Eton College's was able to save a good part of the school, although the royal bequest and the number of staff were much reduced.

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Eton College's name is borne by the big gatehouse in the west range of the cloisters, fronting School Yard, perhaps the most famous image of the school.

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Eton College designed New Buildings, Provost Francis Hodgson's addition to providing better accommodation for collegers, who until then had mostly lived in Long Chamber, a long first-floor room where conditions were inhumane.

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Simon Henderson, current headmaster of Eton College, apologised to Onyeama for the treatment he endured during his time at the school, although Onyeama did not think the apology was necessary.

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In 2011, plans to attack Eton College were found on the body of a senior al-Qaeda leader shot dead in Somalia.

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Coat of arms of Eton College was granted in 1449 by the founder King Henry VI, as recorded as follows on the original charter, attested by the Great Seal of England and preserved in the College archives:.

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The grant of arms to King's Eton College, Cambridge, is worded identically, but with roses instead of lily-flowers.

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In 2019, Boris Johnson became the 20th British prime minister to have attended the school, and the fifth since the end of the Second World War Previous Conservative leader David Cameron was the 19th British prime minister to have attended the school, and recommended that Eton College set up a school in the state sector to help drive up standards.

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Eton College has been described as the most famous public school in the world, and has been referred to as "the chief nurse of England's statesmen".

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Eton College today is a larger school than it has been for much of its history.

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Academic standards were raised, and by the mid-1990s Eton College ranked among Britain's top three schools in getting its pupils into Oxford and Cambridge.

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Eton College has a well-established system for encouraging boys to produce high-standard work.

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Eton College used to be renowned for its use of corporal punishment, generally known as "beating".

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Sport is a feature of Eton College; which has nearly 200 acres of playing fields and amenity land.

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In 1815, Eton College documented its football rules, the first football code to be written down anywhere in the world.

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Eton College observes St Andrew's Day, on which the Eton College wall game is played.

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Until 18 December 2010, Eton College was an exempt charity under English law .

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In September 2014, Eton opened, and became the sole educational sponsor for, Holyport College, a new purpose-built co-educational state boarding and day school that provides free education for around 500 pupils.

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Above-described developments are running alongside long-established courses that Eton College has provided for pupils from state schools, most of them in the summer holidays .

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In 2008, Eton College helped found the Eton College, Slough, Windsor and Heston Independent and State School Partnership, with six local state schools.

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Eton College has fostered a relationship with the Roxbury Latin School, a traditional all-boys private school in Boston, USA.

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Eton College funded the Chapel of Trinity College in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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Bishop James Chapman, a former alumnus of Eton College, would go on to become the 1st Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Colombo.

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Eton College was instrumental in establishing two prominent schools in Sri Lanka: S Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, a fee-levying Anglican selective entry boys' private school based on the Etonian model in 1851, and Bishop's College, Colombo, a private girls' school in 1875.

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