Eton College, usually referredto as Eton, is a Britishindependent boarding schoollocated in Eton, nearWindsor in England. Iteducates over 1,300pupils, aged between 13 to 18years and was founded in1440 by King Henry VI
Eton is a full boarding school committed to:- promoting the best habits of independent thought and learning inthe pursuit of excellence;- providing a broadly-based education designed to enable all boys todiscover their strengths;- engendering respect for individuality, difference, the importance ofteamwork and the contribution that each boy makes to the life of theschool and the community;- supporting pastoral care that nurtures physical health and spiritualrichness;- fostering self-confidence, enthusiasm, tolerance and integrity.
Kings ScholarsOne boarding house, College, is reserved for seventy KingsScholars, who attend Eton on scholarships provided by theoriginal foundation and awarded by examination each year; KingsScholars pay up to 90% of full fees, depending on their means
As the school grew, more students were allowed to attendprovided that they paid their own fees and lived in thetown, outside the colleges original buildings. These studentsbecame known as Oppidans, from the Latin word«oppidum», meaning «town». Although classes are organisedon a school basis, most boys spend a large proportion of theirtime in their House.
The school is known for its traditions, including a uniform of blacktailcoat (or morning coat) and waistcoat, false-collar and pinstripedtrousers. Most pupils wear a white tie that is effectively a strip of clothfolded over into a starched , detachable collar, but some senior boys areentitled to wear a white bow tie and winged collar ("Stick-Ups").
-. An excellent piece of work may berewarded with a "Show Up", to be shown tothe boys tutors as evidence of progress. If apupil makes a particularly good effort inany subject, he may be "Commended forGood Effort" to the Head Master-The opposite of a Show Up is a "Rip”. Thisis for sub-standard work, which issometimes torn at the top of the page/sheetand must be submitted to the boyshousemaster for signature. Boys whoaccumulate rips are liable to be given a"White Ticket", which must be signed by allhis teachers and may be accompanied byother punishments, usually involving doingdomestic choresу or writing lines. Head Master
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The Independent Schools Inspectorates latest reportsays, "Eton College provides an exceptionally good quality ofeducation for all its pupils. They achieve high academicstandards as a result of stimulating teaching, challengingexpectations and first-class resources."