Eton offers a wholeheartedly welcoming place and a genuine sense of belonging for our community: all pupils, all staff and all families; without exception, without exclusion. We are a community where everyone is supported by knowing their intrinsic value. Establishing this culture of acceptance, diversity and inclusion is essential to the College’s ethos.
All schools have a duty to remove any factor that might present a hindrance to a child’s fulfilment, and to prevent pupils from having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by bullying of any kind. We do not all have to agree, of course. Inclusion education teaches us how to disagree well, and to coexist kindly, with our different perspectives.
Diversity has always been an Eton strength, and the range of nations, religions and home backgrounds represented in the school is considerable.Pupil, D Block
Eton educates pupils to understand the rights of all people to live freely within their identity, without discrimination, and to do otherwise would be to fail in our duty to prepare pupils for life in the wider world.
The College was proud to welcome Dr Charlotte Proudman to lead International Women’s Day.
Eton works alongside Beyond Equality, providing active workshops for all of F Block (Year 9) and E Block (Year 10) to explore their understanding of idealised masculine identity. Pupils are encouraged to show empathy, respect and acceptance of others.
The pupils’ moral development is excellent, including the way they respect and value diversity and demonstrate sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.ISI inspection, December 2021
Societies, Talks and Awareness Celebrations
The Feminism Society, LGBTQ Society, Disability and Accessibility Awareness Society (DAAS), The Faiths Forum, Cicero Society, and African Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Oriental societies are all active inclusion forums. Of course, inclusivity is a theme that is at the forefront of many other societies. The number of women speakers at societies has doubled since 2018, for example Laura Bates speaks regularly to all boys regarding the Everyday Sexism project. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Education Committee oversees the development of inclusion education in the College.
Eton also marks awareness days, such as Holocaust Memorial day, and awareness weeks/months with symposiums at which staff, pupils, guest speakers and other schools join to educate and celebrate through assemblies, talks and performances.