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Eton’s main partnerships with secondary schools are with Holyport and with the London Academy of Excellence, as well as with local schools through the Thames Valley Learning Partnership and through SEBMAT. An internationalist approach to school partnership is forged through our membership of the International Boys School Coalition and the World Leading Schools Association

Holyport College

Holyport College is an exceptional state boarding school near Maidenhead, which has been part of a very close partnership with Eton since 2014. Founded under the Free Schools scheme, 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 was rated ‘outstanding’ in its first (and so far, only) Ofsted education inspection in May 2017. It has had exceptional GCSE and A Level results, and was successful in supporting a large proportion of its students to win places at Russell Group universities for September 2020. 


Our partnership with Holyport is intended as a way of sharing pastoral and academic expertise in both directions, building an educational ethos which makes a long-term contribution to our local communities. Through our partnership, Eton College and Holyport College aim to establish ourselves as a model for collaboration between the independent and maintained sectors.

Among a vast suite of collaborative activities between the schools, it is worth noting the joint Eton and Holyport CCF (Combined Cadet Force), a comprehensive programme of visits and exchanges for teachers and students at both schools, sharing of facilities including Dorney Lake and the Eton Fives courts, as well as ongoing and thriving social links between students and staff.

Did you know?

The London Academy of Excellence became the first Sixth Form college set up under the Free Schools scheme in 2012.

London Academy of Excellence

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) opened in September 2012 and was the first Sixth Form college to be set up under the government’s Free Schools scheme. It is academically selective and has a limited curriculum of 12 key subjects and admitted 200 students in its first year. The LAE has had a transformative effect on Sixth Form provision in Newham: Eton co-sponsors the LAE alongside five other independent schools.

Sustained Success

The LAE’s first cohort were presented for public examination in Summer 2014. Results were strong, as a consequence of which four students took up places at Oxbridge and some 70 at Russell Group universities. In Autumn 2015, the LAE was named ‘State Sixth Form College of the Year’ by The Sunday Times. In Autumn 2019, 37 pupils from the London Academy of Excellence were successful in gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge – an extraordinary result for a school in only its seventh year of operation.

Building on some of this experience, Eton’s Deputy Head (Partnerships) Tom Arbuthnott and LAE’s Assistant Head, Anushka Chakravarty, co-wrote The Missing 2000 in May 2020, which outlines some of the ways in which independent schools and state schools are working together to support university access for students without a long history of engagement with Higher Education.

We will continue to deepen our relationship with partnership schools and there will be further increases in opportunities for boys to become involved in more joint ventures.

Tom Arbuthnott, Deputy Head (Partnerships)

Our Engagement

Eton’s engagement with LAE is on a number of levels. At an academic level, we support the delivery of A Level English with one Master on part-time secondment to LAE.  We also offer every LAE student applying to Oxbridge a face-to-face practice interview. Eton also lends its name to one of the houses at LAE. There have been successful exchange visits to Eton and LAE by our respective pupils. Individual teachers from both schools have also organised visits to observe teaching and share expertise in various subjects.  At a governance level, the Head Master is a Governor; the Deputy Head (Partnerships) serves on the Education Committee and Eton’s Director of Finance serves on the Finance Committee.

The other independent schools involved with the LAE are: Brighton College, Caterham School, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School.

We firmly believe in the benefits our sponsorship of the LAE bring to Eton, particularly in relation to sharing best practice in learning and teaching methods and the professional development of the staff involved. We are also pleased to re-engage with Newham as a borough, where Eton has historically had a social impact through the Eton Mission.

Thames Valley Learning Partnership

Eton is very proud to be a founder member of the Thames Valley Learning Partnership, which was launched in September 2019 as an equal partnership of eight state and independent secondary-aged schools in Berkshire. We believe that educational experience is improved by meaningful and repeated interactions between schools of different types.

We aim:

  • To provide collaborative and informative experiences for secondary-aged students across a range of subjects, thereby providing a variety of learning opportunities and diversity in social and cultural engagement
  • To ensure staff across our schools are able to share their passion for their specialist subjects and good practice with one another, and exchange views about current educational issues

In the first six months of operation, the TVLP has organised a range of student workshops and interactive sessions. Subject-specific networks have sprung up between teachers in different disciplines and with different foci. We look forward to organising our first major student leadership conference in September 2020, which will bring together 20 prefects from each of our eight schools.

Slough & East Berkshire CofE Multi Academy Trust

Slough and East Berkshire CofE Multi Academy Trust (SEBMAT) was established in 2013 to form a group of schools which can support each other to ensure the best possible outcomes for the young people in Slough and the nearby areas. This group of schools includes primary and secondary schools with a Church of England link. They will share good practice and develop joint training programmes while reducing costs through combined procurement.

The five SEBMAT schools are:

  • Slough and Eton Business & Enterprise College
  • Colnbrook Primary
  • Eton Porny First School
  • Lynch Hill Primary School
  • Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy

We want every junior school in Slough and Windsor to be engaged with Eton.

Simon Henderson, Head Master

The Vice-Provost serves as a Member of the Slough & East Berkshire Multi-Academy Trust, and the Deputy Head (Partnerships) and one House Master are Directors. In addition, Masters at Eton serve as members of the local governing body for Slough & Eton, Eton Porny and the Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, as well as many other local schools.

Our Aims and Ethos

Our Partnerships