Over 250 Year 12 students from 40 local state schools took part in Eton College’s free Eton Summer University Preparation Course between Monday 4 – Friday 15 July 2022.

This free, non-residential, co-ed summer school was run at Eton College across two weeks. It was not intended to directly improve A Level grades, but was designed to help state school students with their university applications through an exciting and challenging period of study. The primary appeal of the summer school was enabling like-minded students to work and socialise together alongside dynamic teaching delivered by Eton’s teachers.

My favourite thing was 100% all my lessons. All the teachers we had were brilliant and the content we were being taught was eye opening. It was so well taught and I feel as if I have learnt so many new things I never knew before.

Rasna, The Westgate School

Participating pupils had five days (Monday-Friday) to study one of 10 available subject courses taught and curated by Eton’s teachers. This was to show participants what it might be like to study the subject at degree level, with course content extending beyond the A Level curriculum. The nine subject courses offered by Eton College were: Mathematics, English, Economics, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Theology and Philosophy, and Classics. These subject programmes were designed to be enriching, intellectual and exciting. They were also full of opportunities to gain new skills and to help students exchange ideas.

As part of the summer school, general university preparation talks for the students were led by Oxford, Cambridge and Reading universities, all held at Eton College. These talks covered university preparation topics such as student life at university, how to write a personal statement, understanding student finance, and the support available for students at university (including mental health support).

The teachers were absolutely wonderful and I appreciated all the support, help, and guidance they showed us throughout the whole week. They were so lovely and connected with us, showing us so many different routes of philosophy and just giving general advice for university. They were so kind and I genuinely have so much appreciation for them.

Manroze, Heston Community School