Oldham Academy North hosts Eton mentoring day

Date published: 21 February 2024

Representatives from Eton College visited E-ACT The Oldham Academy North (TOAN) to host a mentoring day for 40 Year 9 students, including some from E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy.

Several different workshops took place focusing on topics such as motivation, role models, growth mindset, positive framing and oracy. 

Students engaged in the range of activities planned by Eton College to enhance their personal development and to encourage them to reflect on their own lives and understand their own goals and ambitions. 

Students then shared their findings amongst their peers which helped them to become more confident in public speaking. 

The mentoring day was a huge success and the participating students learnt a lot about themselves and how to take the approaches they studied back into their everyday lives. 

This is the first of several events the academy is hosting working alongside Eton College.

Eton College was founded in 1440 as an educational charity and through research, digital resources, summer schools, visits and events, Eton Connect works in partnership with schools for the benefit of children and teachers.

The college works with numerous state schools on activities of mutual benefit as part of the ‘Eton Connect’ programme. 

They have also offered free self-study EtonX courses as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, which have been taken up by over 1,000 state-maintained schools in the UK. 

They encourage their students and staff throughout their time at Eton to engage very actively with service to their local communities.

Jessica Giraud, Headteacher at TOAN, said: “At TOAN we are focused on ensuring that our students fulfil their full potential and it’s been great having the representatives from Eton College in to inspire our Year 9s and get them thinking about their futures.”

Andrea Atkinson, Headteacher at Royton and Crompton Academy, said: “I know the Royton and Crompton students that went along to the mentoring day took a huge amount away from it and it’s been brilliant working so closely with Eton College. 

"The partnership has really encouraged our students to think big and I look forward to it continuing.”

Tom Campbell, E-ACT's CEO, said: “Everyone at E-ACT is delighted that E-ACT The Oldham North Academy and E-ACT Royton and Crompton Academy are working so closely with Eton College to benefit the young people in the local community. 

"Partnerships like this are exactly what E-ACT’s Opening Minds Opening Door philosophy is about and it’s brilliant to see these academies putting in to action our drive to have uncompromising aspirations for all our students.”

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