We pleased to forward the following message from the Head Master of Eton College:

Current Year 10 boys - do you have energy, enthusiasm and commitment, and a desire to make the most of your potential? If so, we would love to make you aware of the Orwell Award that we are launching today. This is a new sixth form programme targeted at boys with academic potential, for whom an opportunity to go to a boarding school, free of charge, might be transformative. While students with this profile have been coming to Eton since 1440, and are absolutely integral to our vision of the education that we offer, this new award seeks to reassure and encourage boys, especially those with some particular reason to board, that a place at Eton is within their grasp. Up to 12 free sixth form places a year will be offered as Orwell Awards to Year 11 boys studying in UK non-selective state schools. The easiest way to find out more is through the suite of films that we have uploaded to www.etoncollege.com/OrwellAward. You can find out more by contacting the Admissions Office on 01753 370 611. We would love to hear from you. The Orwell Award will recognise that academic achievement may have been held back by personal circumstance, and so will not be offered to only those with the highest grades. Instead, applicants will be assessed on academic potential and against specific criteria such as if a boy has refugee status or is a Looked After Child, if a boy is in the first generation of his family to go to university, or if they are in receipt of the Pupil Premium. The Award is named after author and Eton alumnus George Orwell, himself the recipient of financial aid, and aims to give recipients access to a transformative experience. Funding will cover a sixth form place, including boarding, and will include additional financial allowances to enable boys to fully participate in the life of the school. We are keen to develop our partnership programme with 11-16 schools in the state sector all over the UK.

If this is something that you are interested in please contact Mrs Goldsmith in the Year Office.