State schools

Eton to open state schools in Dudley, Middlesbrough and Oldham


your College will open sixth form schools in two towns in the north of England and one in the Midlands to help students gain entry to Oxbridge and other leading universities.

Schools will be opened in Dudley, Middlesbrough and Oldham, areas included in the list of 55 education ‘cold spots’ targeted for further support by the government’s upgrading scheme.

It is part of a partnership with Star Academies, which will model colleges on selective sixths in the capital such as the London Academy of Excellence.

Top-performing GCSE students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be encouraged to achieve top A-Level grades, enabling them to study at Oxbridge and other elite universities.

Eton will bid in the next wave of the government’s free school scheme, with colleges due to take in their first pupils by 2025.

All schools will have access to Eton teachers as well as after-school clubs and speaker events.

Students will also receive assistance during the college application process and in preparing for interviews. They can also take part in summer residential programs at Eton.

Eton and Star Academies said the small size of the colleges “will allow them to target a very specific academic education and ensure that they do not disrupt the existing model of local post-16 education”.

“Admissions policies – designed in conjunction with the Center for Education Policy and Equalizing Opportunities at University College London – will be developed to specifically target young people who would benefit most on an ongoing basis,” they said.

Each college will admit 240 students a year and Eton will make a “perpetual” financial commitment to fund the schools.

Simon Henderson, Head Master of Eton, said: “While our contexts may be different, our values ​​are aligned and together we are committed, for the long term, to sharing our educational vision and providing exceptional educational opportunities for young people. in these areas. .”

Councilor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said the news was an “exciting step forward” for the region which would give the Black Country’s “brightest students a boost to top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge”. .

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “Eton College in Middlesbrough. It’s amazing to win the backing and support of the most famous school in the world – a phenomenal result.

Councilor Arooj Shah, Head of Council of Oldham, said: “My first and foremost responsibility is to fight for Oldham and attract support and investment from all corners. I will work across political and ideological divides to make this happen.