Possibly the famous high school in the world, Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as “The King’s College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor.” The school is situated in the royal borough of Berkshire, close by to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s favourite weekend home.
The school educates 1300 boys aged between 13 to 18, and has schooled 19 of the UK’s Prime Ministers including the current incumbent, David Cameron, and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Indeed Eton has had an intriguing mix of fictional characters who have been described as Old Etonians including James Bond and Peter Pan’s nemesis, Captain Hook! See below for an old video for Eton’s unique Wall Game, where there has been no Goal scored for over 100 years during the annual St Andrew’s Day fixture:
Next summer, we take our students on a guided tour of the school grounds where “the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields.” One of the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s founding team is a former alumni of the school, and will give you an insider’s view and share some of his stories and indeed meanings of in-house terms such as “beak”, “show up”, “rip” and “tardy book.”
Photo by Jos Dielis (CC BY 2.0)