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2013/14 Academic Year Report

The 33rd annual Eton College Universities Summer School (ECUSS) was held in July 2014 for 133 state school students. The course is designed to give the students a taste of what life at university is like and the subjects offered were: Maths; Maths with Physics; Maths with Chemistry; Physics with Chemistry; Biology with Chemistry; English; History; French; Geography; Classics; Religion; Philosophy and Economics and Politics. In addition, the students attend the General Course which consists of lectures and tutorials on a range of philosophical issues and non mainstream subjects such as Law and History of Art. The students also participate in recreational activities ranging from drama, music and sport to silverwork and cookery. Study Trips were undertaken to see London Zoo, Julius Caesar at the Globe, urban regeneration in London and Brick lane, the Bodleian library and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Bank of England and House of Commons, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy. Zoah Hedges Stocks, a former ECUSS student who gained a first at Cambridge gave the farewell speech.

The 21st annual Brent Summer School for Gifted and Talented students involved 21 boys and 22 girls, all Post GCSE (Year 11) from 9 of the 9 secondary schools from the London Education Authority of Brent. They joined us for a 6 day Residential programme of Personal Development during July 2014 including teamwork, creative, social, academic, tutorial and activities designed to nourish the soul and excite the spirit for all those involved. We offered a wide range of subjects (13) including Russian, Debating, Music Technology and Philosophy. Every subject was well subscribed and this year there were specialist sessions on Culture, Learning, Dance and Further Education. The students were encouraged to step outside their comfort zone in all sessions and raise their ambitions on a daily basis.

Rowing Instructional Courses were first established in 1994 and now provide 229 youngsters the chance to take part in this sport at the Eton-Dorney Rowing Lake.

We have run our Choral Courses since 1985. These provide six residential week long courses at Eton and other renowned choral venues for 385 singers in the Sixth Form or first year at University. Sunday Worship was broadcast live from College Chapel on BBC Radio 4 in July 2014. The culmination of the 2014 courses was a combined concert in the School Hall at Eton in aid of the Choral Course Foundation. This year there were also three junior choral courses for 8 to 15 year olds. As well as contributing to the choral tradition in the country, they give students from a wide variety of backgrounds the chance to sing together at a professional level. 

We also provide use of our schoolrooms at no charge to OxFizz an organisation which provides mock Oxbridge interviews to school pupils on its Bursary Programme.