The 32nd annual Eton College Universities Summer School (ECUSS) was held in July 2013 for 130 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; 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 The Tempest, the House of Commons, Oxford University and the National Portrait Gallery. Dr Andrew Bell, Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge gave the farewell speech.
The Eton College University Summer School received positive media coverage in Summer 2013 when one of our alumnae from a travelling and fairground family graduated from Cambridge with a first class degree in History, having started her journey to university here.
The 19th annual Brent Summer School for Gifted and Talented students involved 24 boys and 24 girls, all Post GCSE (Year 11) from 9 of the 13 secondary schools from the London Education Authority of Brent. They joined us for a 6 day Residential programme of Personal Development during July 2013 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 Mandarin, American Politics, Music Technology and Philosophy. Every subject was well subscribed and this year there were specialist sessions on Culture, Learning, Enterprise and Further Education. The aim of the course is to bridge the gap between GCSE and sixth form and to encourage the students to study A levels and aspire to good universities.
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 seven residential week long courses for 395 singers in the Sixth Form or first year at University. Choral Evensong was broadcast live from College Chapel on BBC Radio 3 on 6 and 17 July 2013. 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.