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Community Engagement

We have a flourishing programme of community engagement activities in partnership with local schools, charities and other projects. These form an integral part of the co-curricular timetable of most C Blockers at Eton and are now increasingly available to boys in other year groups.

Over 200 C Block boys volunteer at a wide range of different placements and projects. These include:

15 local schools – music practice, classroom help, sports coaching, maths mentoring, chess clubs, Latin classes

5 placements with the local elderly and disabled – helping in private houses, care homes, weekly clubs and charity shops

10 museums, arts centres, libraries and charity shops – running workshops for local children or assisting with clerical tasks

6 outdoor placements – swan rescue, rowing coaching, riverside maintenance, tourist information and renovating public gardens in Slough

Alongside this scheme is a programme of events and short assignments to develop the boys' awareness and social literacy: a series of talks to inspire and inform; workshops to help them prepare mentally for their responsibilities; and a series of opportunities to reflect on how they might make the most of their placement as a chance to serve and to learn.

More and more opportunities are available to boys in other blocks: some boys have voluntarily signed up to do a further ECCE placement in B Block; and younger boys from D to F have been able to assist with various projects and placements, such as Maidenhead Foodshare, workshops at local schools, charity shops and tourist information centres, lunch clubs and tea parties for senior citizens, and Eton Town Council’s street-clean mornings.

On an average week, around 300 boy hours are devoted to local volunteer work.

In addition, our Chapel, School Hall, the Farrer Theatre, Games Fields and rowing lake are made available to local schools, clubs and societies.

Many of our staff are governors of local schools, including Holyport College, Langley Academy, Eton Porny, Eton Wick and Slough and Eton CE. 

The College provides in-kind support to the Poor’s Estate in the Ancient Parish of Eton (Charity No. 200640). The Poor’s Estate is established for the relief of persons in the Parish who are in need, hardship or distress by reason of age, infirmity or poverty and its principal activity is the provision of a day centre for the elderly. The College provides payroll, income and expenditure processing, management and statutory reporting services in kind and also leases Charteris House to the charity at a concessionary rent for use as the day centre. 

Charitable fundraising

Our boys are actively encouraged to raise money for good causes. This is done through Eton Action (a separately registered charity) which holds an annual community fair and other fund-raising events. The money raised is distributed to charities chosen by the Eton boys.