Eton

Gratitude lessons show Eton is losing its way

18 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Repeat after me, gentlemen: “Thank you for not letting me into your Oxbridge college because I belong to the wrong…

What would happen if the Gospels were judged in a history contest?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

This week, the Wolfson History Prize announced its shortlist. It is always worth drawing attention to, precisely because it is…

Faux-Gothic spires and the sound of leather on willow: a cricket match in 2007 at Charterhouse, one of the original ‘great nine’ English public schools

Our public schools now resemble five-star hotels — with a Russian and Asian clientele

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Deplore it or revere it, you cannot but respect the private school industry’s wart-like survival in modern Britain. Has any…

I wish I had kept my Brummie accent. I’d be taken more seriously

24 March 2018 9:00 am

‘No one wants to send their son to Eton any more,’ I learned from last week’s Spectator Schools supplement. It…

In most state schools, cricket is a dead ball game

23 January 2016 9:00 am

England’s cricketers won a remarkable Test match inside three days in the bearpit of Johannesburg, a victory that put them…

Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

Charles Moore’s Notes: If we want to save the elephant, we must legalise the ivory trade

24 October 2015 9:00 am

How good a deal for Britain is it that the president of China got a state visit and a nuclear…

Eton, 1907 (Photo: Getty)

How to get a good education — from the former headmaster of Eton

22 August 2015 9:00 am

An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education is Tony Little’s valedictory meditation on his profession, published on his retirement as headmaster…

William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

25 July 2015 9:00 am

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded…

From Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Thomas Hughes

A rebellion among Rugby schoolboys proved perfect training for its ringleader in putting down a Jamaican slave-rising in later life

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…

James Blunt’s sense of entitlement is so palpable you could wear it as a hat

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Only a fool would mess with James Blunt. As his Twitter followers know, he has a sharp wit, and, as…

Why there’s no such thing as an Etonian

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Finally, just in the last few years I’d say, we’ve all begun to accept the role of nature in the…

We're still repeating the mistakes of the first world war

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The time-honoured saying that England’s great battles have been won on the playing fields of Eton is a lot of…

Eton vs snobbery

22 March 2014 9:00 am

One of the stranger things about Eton is its near-total lack of class snobbery. Yes, all right, you still get…

The Spectator's Notes: Quangos - a world of perfect hypocrisy

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They…

Ferdinand Mount's diary: Supermac was guilty!

25 January 2014 9:00 am

You have to hand it to Supermac. Fifty years after the event, he is still running rings round them. The…

Peter McKay's diary: The Old Etonian David Cameron should have been

11 January 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron gives Old Etonians a bad name. Critics deplore his Old Etonian-ness,  his Lord Snooty Factor.  Childish, but it’s…

James Delingpole: I'm in love with Shakespeare — and with David Tennant's Richard II

9 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Dad, it’s three hours long,’ says Boy, worriedly. ‘Yeah. And whose bloody fault is it we’re going?’ I want to…

Toby Young: I'm too posh for the Tories. I should try Labour

12 October 2013 9:00 am

I’m still weighing up whether to run for Parliament, but after this week’s reshuffle I’ve concluded I’m in the wrong…