Eton

The boys who never grow up: Sad Little Men, by Richard Beard, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I can’t recall reading an angrier book than this. Richard Beard has written what I hope for his sake is…

Will Knowland, Eton and the problem with the teaching misconduct panel

17 August 2021 11:04 pm

When Eton master Will Knowland was sacked last year over anti-feminist views contained in a YouTube video which he refused…

How do we stop the next David Cameron?

13 August 2021 6:14 am

One of the enduring charms of British politics is how slight the pecuniary rewards are for taking up the job…

Why I was sacked from Eton

9 January 2021 9:00 am

On being sacked from the College

Quentin Letts: The unstoppable rise of June Sarpong

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Eton’s free-speech rumpus must surely become a David Hare play, Goodbye Mr Had-Yer-Chips, starring Jeremy Irons as the headmaster and…

Letters: Eton is failing to protect freedom of speech

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Eton mess Sir: As much as I am a great admirer of Charles Moore, as a former Eton master and…

The battle for Eton’s soul

5 December 2020 9:00 am

When trying to get my head around the row that has engulfed Eton College in the past two weeks I…

In defence of Eton’s headmaster

5 December 2020 9:00 am

My inbox is crowded with messages from Old Etonians attacking Simon Henderson, the headmaster of Eton. They are furious that…

Helena Morrissey: my manifesto for the next govenor of the Bank of England

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The start of term at Oxford University is bittersweet for the close-knit Morrisseys; we have just ‘lost’ three offspring to…

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

The England team may be riding high, but state schools have all but abandoned cricket

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…