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Community Engagement

Eton College students are active in volunteering within the local communities of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.

Every week, over 230 boys volunteer as part of the Community Service programme, visiting schools, hospitals and individuals in need of support. This area of educational provision is really important to us: we hope to expand the number of volunteers over the next few years, building on a robust structure of learning that will build skills of social entrepreneurship for Etonians. 

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

At primary school level, the Porny CofE First School enhances its curriculum through cooperation with Eton’s Natural History Museum, College Library and the Design & Technology, Drama and Music Departments, as well as a new environmental club which will be launched next year.

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.

In 2014/15 over £190,000 was raised through Eton Action Fair and other charity fundraising initiatives on the part of boys including the Macmillan Society charity dinner and auction, a fund-raising concert (for Gallions Primary School with which one house had a link) and a five a side football competition. Charities that benefited included Macmillan Cancer Support, Naomi House Hospice, Plan UK, St Mungo's Broadway, SportsAble, NSPCC, Walking with the Wounded, Children in Need, Scene and Heard, Tusk Trust and the Kevin Pietersen Foundation and many others.