Orwell Award

These awards are for boys who have spent Years 9, 10 and 11 in a UK state school. Boys who are receiving substantial financial assistance at a UK independent school that does not have a Sixth Form may also apply. Up to twelve places are usually awarded per year, however this depends on the quality of applications received.

The Orwell Award offers recipients a funded place in our Sixth Form subject to means-testing. We want to find boys for whom Eton’s warmth, rigour and breadth will be life changing, for example:

  • Boys on pupil premium
  • Those who are the first in their families to go to university
  • Boys with a need to board
  • Boys in care or on the edge of care
  • Or simply boys, currently with limited opportunities, who need a break, to enable them to take off and fly when they join our amazing community

Boys applying for the Orwell Award, can also apply for the Michael Meredith Drama Bursary  or the Music Scholarship.

Applications for the Orwell Award for entry in 2020 have now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in July 2020.

Please click here to view the Orwell Award brochure.

We are holding an Orwell Award Open Afternoon in mid-September. This afternoon is for boys who will be in Year 11 at a UK state school and are considering applying to Eton for the Orwell Award. The afternoon will begin with a tour of the school, followed by refreshments in School Hall with a presentation and Q&A session with current Orwell Award recipients. There will also be an opportunity to chat with the Director of Admissions and other relevant members of staff.

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. 

Please contact the Admissions Team at admissions@etoncollege.org.uk if you wish to book onto the afternoon.


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