Orwell Award

We are looking for extraordinary boys to apply for our Orwell Award, a Sixth Form scholarship programme that offers fully funded places to talented boys whose life opportunities have been limited. We aim to give recipients a transformative educational experience they otherwise would not have been able to access.

This life-changing opportunity is for boys with potential; you do not need to be the finished product, but you will need to embrace the breadth of the Eton experience in and out of the classroom and have the academic aspiration, with our support, to apply to the most competitive universities. To be a successful applicant you will need intellectual curiosity, an openness of mind and character, and the willingness to step outside your comfort zone. If this is you, we want to meet you.

The Orwell Award is aimed at boys at a UK state school and recognises that academic achievement may sometimes have been held back by personal circumstance. As a result, this scholarship will be assessed both on academic potential and against specific criteria, such as if you have refugee status or are a Looked After Child, if you are in the first generation of your family to go to university, if you are in receipt of the Pupil Premium or if you currently attend a school Ofsted has identified as ‘requiring improvement’ or in ‘special measures’.

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As an Orwell Award holder, you will be a fully-boarding member of our school community with allowances to enable you to fully participate in the life of the school, enjoying all the academic and co-curricular opportunities that all our students receive. Eton’s outstanding facilities will be yours, with our staff ready to support you every step of the way.

Key Dates

Applications for 2021 will open on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 September 2020.

Brochures and Events

Please click here to view the Orwell Award brochure.

We will be hosting a series of Orwell Award webinars chaired by Nick Sellers, our Director of Admissions. These webinars, which are open to all prospective applicants and their parents, will feature a panel of Eton alumni, Orwell Award holders and our staff, including House Masters and Dames.

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There are two further strands of the Orwell Award, the Sixth Form Music Award and the MCM Drama Award, available to outstanding musicians and exceptional drama students who are applying for the Orwell Award.

If you are an applicant with a flair for music or drama, you can sign up for an interactive webinar with Scott Handy (Head of Drama) and Leandro Silvera from our music department. They would be delighted to meet you, and will be discussing the Sixth Form Drama Award and the MCM Drama Award.

Over the coming months, we will also be hosting a series of interviews on Instagram Live with Eton alumni and staff, as they share their experiences of the Orwell Award and everything it offers.

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Ask our Boys

“I'm from East London so it's a completely different thing coming into a school like this, but it's not as daunting as it seems… The best thing about Eton is that it allows you to become who you want to be. It brings out what your passions are and it gives you the chance to try anything that you think you will be good at and, if you are good at it, Eton pushes you to become even better and really brings out the best in you.” – Hamza, Orwell Award holder

“Personally, for me, I had my doubts as to whether I’d get in or not – and look at me now. Coming to Eton has broadened my horizons in many ways, but it has definitely made me feel anything I want to do is possible as long as I put my full effort into achieving it” – Josh, Orwell Award holder

Ask our Parents

“Speaking as a mother of a former Orwell Award holder, I can honestly say that I was sceptical when my son said he was going to apply to Eton. Now, as he finishes his Master's course at Imperial College London, I can say – hand on heart – that it was the best thing he could have done.” – parent of Orwell Award holder

“It was the making of him and I didn't lose my son – rather, I gained a young man who grew in confidence and independence and was well prepared to make the transition to university that parents often worry about.” – parent of Orwell Award holder

Ask our Staff

“Those boys who were interviewed talked about the warm welcome they had received in boarding Houses and from the Eton community. A common theme in interviews was nervousness about their perceptions of what Eton would be like, which was completely different to the reality of their reception.” – Nick Sellers, Head of Admissions

“Whenever a new boy comes in at a senior level, it doesn’t matter what scholarship they’re on, the boys really fall over backwards to make them welcome.” – Hazel Nash, Dame (House Matron)

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The Orwell Award is named, with the kind consent of the Blair family, after George Orwell: Eton alumnus and himself the recipient of financial aid as an Etonian