2014/15 Academic Year Report
The 34th annual Eton College Universities Summer School (ECUSS) was held in July 2015 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; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; English; History; French; Geography; Classics; Philosophy and Religion; 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 cookery. Study Trips were undertaken to see Measure for Measure at the Globe, urban regeneration in London and Brick lane, the Bodleian library and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Bank of England, London Metal Exchange, House of Commons, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy. A talk on Ovid was given to the classicists by Dr Stephen Heyworth of Wadham College, Oxford. There was also a Question Time style panel of Dons to which the students on the course were able to put questions.
The 22nd annual Brent Summer School for Gifted and Talented students involved 24 boys and 24 girls, all Post GCSE (Year 11) from 9 secondary schools from the London Education Authority of Brent. They joined us for a 6 day Residential programme of Personal Development during July 2015 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 including Behavioural Economics, Art, Biology, English, History and Philosophy. Every subject was well subscribed and this year there were specialist sessions on Further Education, the College Library, Meditation and Salsa. 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 St John's College Chapel, Cambridge on BBC Radio 4 and Choral Evensong was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from Cheltenham College, both in August 2015. A full report of the course can be found here:http://etonchoralcourses.co.uk/october-update-2015-report/. 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.