2014/15 Academic Year Report
Holyport College opened on 3 September 2014 and was opened officially by HM The Queen on 28 November 2014. It is situated 7 miles away from Eton in Holyport which is in the middle of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The school now has 264 pupils in Years 7 to 10, of whom 100 are boarders. By 2018 it will have 548 pupils in Years 7 to 13. Eton's educational sponsorship of Holyport is intended as a way of sharing its pastoral expertise and educational ethos to make a long-term contribution to its local community.
Holyport College is a non-selective, co-educational state secondary school for day pupils from the local area and for boarding pupils from local families and from further afield. The pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds and specific provision is made for looked-after children, children on the edge of care and those from armed forces' families. The school is modelled on an independent boarding school with pupils divided into houses and doing homework at school even if they are day pupils.
Eton's focus during the 2014/15 academic year was to support the Holyport in its first year of operation and to ensure that the collaboration between the two schools developed (at a practical level) so it is both visible and meaningful. A number of Eton staff remain as Governors and two OEs with relevant skills and experience have been appointed as Governors.
In 2014/15, Eton provided Latin and Art teaching and chaplaincy support. Joint INSET training on educating the most able has been undertaken. Technology Enrichment days have been run for Holyport Year 7s. Holyport use Eton's sports facilities both for regular sessions and matches and in 2014/15 all Holyport pupils rowed at Eton Dorney. There has also been collaboration between students - in particular: mentoring in numeracy and literacy by Eton boys during Holyport's prep time on Tuesday evenings, and the establishment of an Eton - Holyport Investment Club for students from both schools interested in a city career. There are plans for joint initiatives in the creative arts.
Although Eton's sponsorship is in kind, it has made financial contributions towards the MUGA (with assistance from the Old Etonian Association), boarding house furniture and mock inspection and has provided (second hand) a minibus, music tech computers, and two pianos.
Eton's commitment for the next academic year is set out in the Heads of Terms agreed in September 2015.
Holyport College has been established under the Government’s Free Schools programme and the educational provision will be funded by the Department for Education. There is a boarding fee for pupils who board. For more specific information about Holyport please visit: www.holyportcollege.org.uk.