Like most independent schools, Eton makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting students during the summer holidays. Unlike most schools, however, the College’s aim in some of its courses (all of which are residential) is to offer the Eton experience at rates which are subsidized in whole or in part.
The Universities Summer School provides 120 Sixth Form boys and girls of high calibre from maintained schools in Britain with a teaching and tutorial programme designed to promote interest in university studies. As in previous years a number of Oxbridge dons sit on a panel to answer questions about applying to Oxbridge. Students are also given interview practice and help on how to write a UCAS statement. The courses are very popular and attract a high number of applicants each year.
The Brent-Eton Summer School offers up to 50 boys and girls from the London Borough of Brent a week-long programme designed to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-levels and to encourage them to stay on in the Sixth Form with a view to continuing their education at university or higher education establishments. Each year the students create their own website chronicling their activities. Plans are being developed to create a similar course for boys and girls from Tower Hamlets.
The several Choral Courses provide 300 promising singers from both independent and maintained schools mostly in the UK with the opportunity to experience a very high standard of choral singing. The courses now have their own website (www.etonchoralcourses.co.uk) which gives full details of future courses and enables this year’s singers to hear recorded highlights from this year’s courses, keep in touch with one another and view and post photographs.
The three Rowing Instructional Courses are open to 240 boys and girls from any school in the UK or abroad. All participants spend six days at Eton learning to row or improving the skills they already possess. Rowing activities take place on the River Thames and at the College’s international-standard rowing lake at Dorney.
The English Language and Cultural Course for Japanese gives 140 Japanese students an insight into the British way of life and heritage, combining English tuition with a range of out-of-class activities and cultural visits.
There is also a similar course for Chinese students.