The Eton Aspirations Project (EAP), a mentoring scheme run by a group of Year 12 Etonians for a group of Holyport College students in Years 7 and 8, has seen its third cohort graduate from the programme. Without a doubt, the quality of the experience for the students at Holyport, and for the Etonians who participate has improved year on year.
The programme takes place in weekly sessions across two terms. The first term investigates maths and logic problems, the second focusing more broadly on humanities and creative arts subjects. Each session is prepared and led by a student from Eton, on a wide range of topics ranging from psychology to playwriting.
This year the programme culminated in an evening session where students from Holyport came to Eton to present some of the ideas and concepts they had been exploring. It is fair to say that the Holyport students came up with an even more eclectic display of presentations, with topics ranging from sequencing to philosophy, from black holes to wild cats!
It has been a privilege to observe the Holyport students growing in confidence in their ability to articulate ideas and in their willingness to explore the topics that interest them. We have learnt as much from them as they have from us. It is safe to say that the EAP has been hugely enjoyable programme for all involved, and a very successful one too.