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25 Jul '14

News No school for scandal over Eton admissions | @guardianletters

Russian families are to be found among the 21% of our boys whose families receive financial aid in order to enable them to send their sons hereIt is a pity that Simon Jenkins excellent article on the folly of western sanctions against Russia (Comment, 25 July) is marred by his comment that the west sells Russia guns, ships, Knightsbridge flats and places at Eton. There are two misconceptions here: firstly the sensationalist innuendo that places at Eton can be bought and secondly that all Russians with sons at Eton (and there are very few indeed, well below the average to be found in the independent sector) are wealthy. Russian families are to be found among the 21% of our boys whose families receive financial aid in order to enable them to send their sons here. Like any other boy applying for entry to Eton, Russian boys are academically assessed and interviewed in year six. It is as impossible to buy a place here as it is to circumvent the rigorous entry standards.Charles MilneTutor for Admissions, Eton College Continue reading...

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