Eton boys are shaped in lasting ways by the experiences they have both inside and outside the schoolroom. The College aspires to foster confidence, embrace creativity, encourage teamwork, and promote an outward-looking mentality so that pupils learn to play an active role within their community.
Philanthropy is critical in enriching the boys’ experience and maintaining the extensive calendar and facilities needed to develop their talents, interests, and character.
While academic study is important, much of what makes Eton such an extraordinary place is the wealth of opportunity offered to pupils — extensive society programmes, debating competitions, sports and athletics, or community service, to name a few. The breadth of activities inspires every boy to discover his unique passions.
Philanthropy is critical to enriching the boys’ experiences and maintaining the extensive calendar and facilities needed to develop their talents, interests, and character.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
Since the renovations of Queen’s Schools, which we explore in more detail below, Eton has formed a collaboration with the Saïd Foundation that ties the development of a STEM programme at Eton to their generous donation. The programme offers boys the opportunity to undertake scientific projects that go beyond the scope of the curriculum. These are supported by the extensive research experience of Eton Masters and the state-of-the-art facilities in Queen’s Schools along with those in the design, mathematics, and computer science departments.
STEM education will culminate in projects where boys work in teams to tackle real world problems. The STEM Centre will act as a focal point for their work by providing a space for team meetings, seminars to fellow pupils and Masters, or simply a space to relax between schools. This is neither a lab nor a library, but a multi-disciplinary space that can be configured for individual work, group discussions, and seminars.
It is an exciting time for science during the fourth industrial revolution of connected and automated technologies and Eton’s STEM programme equips pupils with the requisite skills to become future leaders in science.
We are grateful to the Saïd Foundation for their generous donation and their investment in the future of Eton’s STEM strategy.
newly-fitted labs and prep rooms
Transforming Queen’s Schools
In addition to creating 14 newly fitted-out teaching laboratories and associated prep rooms, the transformation of the Queen’s Schools included the creation of a new entrance atrium, a new ground floor pavilion to act as the Chemistry Department common room and a rooftop extension. The new laboratories are laid out to encourage greater collaboration between the boys and allow Masters to pioneer new forms of classroom instruction that combine traditional ‘front of class’ teaching with group and individual learning on digital devices.
The new entrance atrium is entirely open for the full three stories of the original building and interconnects the various departments by a series of walkways suspended at first and second floor levels, encouraging boys to think and learn in an interdisciplinary manner. The rooftop pavilion is a flexible space where specialists come to work on science projects and chat to like-minded boys.
The new space also comprises 12 remodelled laboratories and a beautiful outdoor space, including a garden stocked with plants discovered by Joseph Banks, the great 18th century botanist and Old Etonian. The remodelled and extended buildings, designed by local architects CSK, provide a state-of-the art teaching space for science fit for the 21st century.
This transformation was made possible by a generous donation from Wafic Saïd for which we are extremely grateful.