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New Foundation Scholarships

Eton offers up to four scholarships each year for boys up to age 13, who are being educated in the UK state (maintained) sector for at least years 6, 7 and 8. These scholarships are particularly aimed at boys who would not be able to attend Eton without very substantial financial assistance (in certain cases, full assistance may be given), and who are not in a position to prepare easily for the King’s Scholarship. The intellectual standard expected is very high and comparable with the King's Scholarship, but the emphasis in the New Foundation Scholarship is even more fully on potential rather than knowledge.

The scholarships are awarded after two stages of assessment.  The first stage consists of an interview and an online ability test; this enables us to identify potential academic high-flyers, ideally also with other talents and potential in sport or the arts, who have the personality to adapt successfully to the life of a boarding community.  The second stage involves examinations in English, Mathematics and Science based on the National Curriculum, along with a set of academic and non-academic interviews. 

Eligibility: applicants will normally be in year 8, the school year in which their 13th birthday falls. A boy who will be 14 before September 1st is too old to enter. Please note that a boy who has sat the New Foundation Scholarship and not been successful is not then eligible to sit the King’s Scholarship.

There will be an Open Afternoon on 11th November, followed by the first assessment stage in three groups in November and December.  Shortlisted boys are invited to take part in the second assessment stage over a three-day period in January, involving a two-night stay in an Eton boarding house.  Places are offered in mid-February for entry the following September.

Further information and application details are available from the Admissions Office.