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2014/15 Academic Year Report

Eton’s central purpose is the provision of education. The Provost and Fellows are committed to the provision of scholarships and bursaries designed to widen access to the education that Eton provides. In 2014/15 the College met the target set by the Provost and Fellows for 70 boys in the school to receive full fee remission. The College wishes to maintain fee remission at that level and is aiming for 25% of boys in the school to be financially assisted. Scholarships are fee reductions awarded through competition on academic or musical merit, and bursaries are fee reductions awarded according to financial need. Assessments of financial need are made through detailed means tests.

During the year 277 boys (21%) received fee reductions; 70 of these boys paid no fees at all. The equivalent figures for the previous year were 277 and 64. the amount spent on fee remission increased from £5,773k to £6,084k with the average award remaining 64% of the full fee.

Scholarships were awarded to 145 boys. King’s Scholarships are awarded on academic promise and Music Scholarships on musical promise; both provide a 10% reduction in the school fee and are supplemented by bursaries according to need up to full fees if this is necessary to let a boy take up his place. Junior Scholars, Sixth Form Scholars and New Foundation Scholars, all of whom are boys from state schools, pay only what their families can afford.

As well as those that may be added to scholarships, bursaries are available to boys who would not otherwise be able to afford to come to Eton or (if circumstances change) stay at the school. The number of boys with bursaries (excluding those bursaries associated with scholarships) was 132. 

We have a dedicated full-time Admissions Access Adviser whose role is to identify potential scholarship candidates who have the ability, but not the financial means, to come to Eton.  Our Access Adviser works hard to communicate the possibility of an Eton education to families who would not previously consider it possible to send a boy to Eton. The school liaises effectively with the state sector (particularly state secondary schools without sixth forms) to identify potential candidates for the New Foundation and Sixth Form scholarships.