Holyport College

Holyport College is an exceptional state boarding school near Maidenhead, which has been part of a very close partnership with Eton College since 2014. Founded under the free school programme, it opened on 3 September 2014 and was opened officially by HM The Queen on 28 November 2014. It is situated seven miles away from Eton in the village of Holyport, a geographical proximity which enables a broad and intensive range of partnership activities to take place. Holyport College is now full, with 548 pupils in Years 7 to 13. Holyport College was rated 'outstanding' in its first (and so far, only) Ofsted education inspection in May 2017. It has had outstanding GCSE and A level results, and has been successful in supporting a large proportion of its students to win places at Russell Group universities for September 2020. Eton's educational partnership with Holyport is intended as a way of sharing pastoral expertise in both directions, building an educational ethos which makes a long-term contribution to our local communities.

Holyport College provides a joyous and inclusive education which is uncompromising in encouraging each individual to aspire to academic excellence, to learn that embracing opportunity is its own achievement and to understand that a diverse, harmonious and happy community is the foundation of individual success. Holyport College prides itself on the diversity of its community and students and staff are drawn from all walks of life. They are united by high aspirations and by the College's traditional yet caring ethos. There are three points of entry to the College: Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form. From Years 7 to 11, it is an all ability, comprehensive school. It is academically selective in the Sixth Form with a focus on preparing students for access to Oxford and Cambridge and Russell Group Universities. The College has an unashamedly academic curriculum with all students expected to take up to ten GCSEs including the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Science, Geography or History and a Modern Foreign Language).

Boarding is at the heart of the College and this is reflected in many aspects of College life for both day students and boarders: it operates a longer school day than traditional day schools; it offers a full and varied co-curriculum to all students with many activities taking place in the evenings or at weekends as well as in the afternoons; its pastoral care is structured around its boarding houses. 

Through our partnership, Eton College and Holyport College aim to establish ourselves as a model for collaboration between the independent and maintained sectors.