Founded in 1440 by Henry VI for the worship of God, and for the training of young men to the service of Church and State. His aim was to have 70 Scholars so trained, first at Eton and then at King’s College, Cambridge. He also provided for other boys to be taught at Eton, paying for their own maintenance. Most of the school’s ancient buildings were completed about this time, including the College Chapel, Cloisters, Lower School, College Hall and part of College; building has gone on ever since and the whole architectural complex constitutes an urbane and civilised enclave. The numerous premises are scattered in the town of Eton and thus there is a close ‘town and gown’ relationship. There are beautiful gardens and playing fields and the school is one of the best-equipped. There are several excellent libraries with remarkable collections of rare books and manuscripts. Worship is designed to meet a boy’s spiritual needs at each stage of his development. A large, very well-qualified staff and academically, it is very high-powered. Examination results are outstanding and very large numbers go on to Oxbridge. Senior boys are offered an exceptional range of linguistic options – Classical, European, Oriental and Arabic. It is immensely strong in music (600 boys learn an instrument), in art and in drama. The purpose-built Farrer Theatre is in constant use and there are two drama studios. There are some 20 main productions a year including house plays. There is a wide range of sports and games (including the Eton Wall Game and the Eton Field Game, both peculiar to the College) in which very high standards are achieved. Some 40 clubs and societies cater for most conceivable needs. The school newspaper (The Eton College Chronicle) has been published regularly each term since 1863. There is a substantial commitment to local community services and to fundraising. The CCF is very well supported.