Eton to work with state school

Eton College has said it will enter a partnership with local state schools to improve education standards for its most able pupils and increase university applications.

State pupils will be able to take advantage of Eton resources and even tuition from its pupils, with particular emphasis on improvements in maths, sciences and languages.

Eton is the latest of several independent schools to take action to increase their benefits to state schools, in the wake of new Charity Commission guidance on public benefit and fee-charging charities, which said that schools must ensure that "people in poverty" can benefit from their organisation.

Winchester College recently announced that it would more than double the amount it spent on bursaries to five per cent of its total fee income.

The project is one of 23 new link-ups between independent and state schools under the Independent State Schools Partnership scheme, supported by the department for children, schools and families.

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