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Community Activities

Our Chapel, School Hall, the Farrer Theatre, Games Fields and rowing lake are made available to local schools, clubs and societies.

At primary school level, the Porny CofE First School enhances its curriculum through cooperation with Eton’s Natural History Museum, College Library and the Design & Technology, Drama and Music Departments.

Our staff and pupils engage with the wider community in a number of different ways but particularly as mentors (boys) or acting as school governors (staff) of local maintained schools and academies. Community service is provided by boys taking food and clothing to homeless people in Slough, by visiting the elderly and by playing the organ in four local churches.

The College provides in-kind support to the Poor’s Estate in the Ancient Parish of Eton (Charity No. 200640). The Poor’s Estate is established for the relief of persons in the Parish who are in need, hardship or distress by reason of age, infirmity or poverty and its principal activity is the provision of a day centre for the elderly. The College provides payroll, income and expenditure processing, management and statutory reporting services in kind and also leases Charteris House to the charity at a concessionary rent for use as the day centre. 

Charitable fundraising

Our boys are actively encouraged to raise money for good causes. This is done through Eton Action (a separately registered charity) which holds an annual community fair and other fund-raising events. The money raised is distributed to charities chosen by the Eton boys.

In 2013/14 just over £145,000 was raised through Eton Action Fair and other charity fundraising iniatives on the part of boys including the Macmillan Society charity dinner and auction, a round the clock Fives match and a mass sponsored swim. Charities that benefited included Prostate Cancer UK, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Elimination of Leukaemia Fund, Alzheimer's Research UK, The British Heart FOundation, Berkshire Community FOundation, DImbleby Cancer Care and many others.