Eton’s support of the national effort – how can you help?


At a time of great challenge to individuals, families, communities and businesses up and down the country, Eton is determined to play its part in supporting the national need. There are a number of initiatives that the school has already committed to and which are already underway. These include:

Accommodation for key workers

We have offered accommodation, free of charge, within some of our now empty boarding houses for adult key workers, where they need alternative accommodation because their own families are self-isolating. 

Support for key worker and vulnerable children

We have opened our doors to support key workers from our local area by offering a structured programme of activities, free of charge, during the day for their children aged 5-13. The scheme also includes vulnerable children. As part of this programme we are preparing food for those on free school meals and delivering this to local schools. 

EtonX self-study courses

We have offered our EtonX self-study courses, free of charge, to every state secondary school in the UK. The initial focus will be for students in Year 11 and Year 13 now that there are no public exams, to help support these students as they consider their next steps, whether that be Sixth Form, university or employment. 

Fees

We have reduced our fees by one third for the Summer term and have invited parents to contribute the balance if they feel able to, so as to support our initiatives above and to establish a financial aid fund for those whose financial circumstances have now changed and who cannot afford the reduced fee. 

Thanks

Many parents have contributed by donating the balance of the full fee and we are very grateful to them for this. We continue to raise money in this way and we have a very generous donor willing to match all donations made to this effort on a one to one basis, up to an initial amount of £200,000.  

We would like to do more. Can you help?

We have been humbled by the number of parents and Old Etonians who have already made very generous donations to support our efforts. However, in addition to continuing to raise funds for the initiatives above, the Eton community would now like to do more. 

Through working alongside our established partners from Royal SpringBoard, Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy, IntoUniversity, Holyport College and the London Academy of Excellence we want to support the most vulnerable children whose social and educational disadvantage has been compounded by this crisis. The following key challenges are common to most of these vulnerable children:

  • They do not have access (or have limited access) to IT equipment so as to engage in the online teaching that may be offered by their school, or by our partner organisations. If there is a computer at home it is likely to be shared between several family members.
  • Their parents often lack the educational background to provide support at home.
  • Some are at risk in their home environment.
  • Their families are often facing a range of health, financial and practical problems which means that education is not the first priority.

With sufficient funding we will support these children in the following two ways: 

  1. We will provide them with food and basic household supplies; support for utility bills; activity packs including academic and creative resources, stationery, workbooks, card games and board games; and IT equipment such as tablets (and dongles for those who don’t have internet access). 
  2. We will offer them tutored EtonX courses, as opposed to the self-study courses that we have already offered the state sector. 

You can find out more about our partner organisations here. Financial support at this time of acute need will have a transformative effect.

How can I donate?

You can make a gift in several ways, as below. In each instance please reference the Covid-19 Emergency Fund and, if you would like your donation to go towards a specific initiative, please let us know.

Online gifts can be made via our online giving page using this Donate Now link. Under ‘payment details’ select ‘other’ as the designation area and type in ‘Covid-19 Emergency Fund’.

Bank transfers can be made by contacting us at development@etoncollege.org.uk. We will supply the correct bank transfer details depending on where you reside. 

Donations via post can be made by downloading one of the donations forms below:

(Please note:  Where possible, online donations or direct transfers are the preferred donation method, as there will be a delay in the processing of donations via the post given the current School closure.)

For any queries, please contact the Development Office at development@etoncollege.org.uk

Thank you for your support