Oliver - Solefield Old Boy

25th June 2021

What school are you currently at?

I am at Eton College, in F Block, which is the entry level year when you first join Eton (equivalent to Year 9).

What subjects do you most enjoy?

I really enjoy History. I enjoy it more because of the teachers and the way they make it exciting to learn.

Tell us a bit about your journey to Eton.

I started the process in registering at Eton when I was in Year 5 at Solefield.  I had a series of interviews, testing and tours of the school, to see if I was the student Eton wanted and to see if Eton was the school that I wanted.

What is school life at Eton like?

Busy, but active and engaging!  I wake at 7am and don’t stop until 9pm, with classes, sports, going to the library, homework and extra-curricular activities.

What is the biggest change being at senior school?

The increase in workload and academic stimulus. As an example, I have about 1-1.5 hours of homework a day. Also, the fact that everyone is actively engaged and wanting to learn is really nice.

What new subjects are you enjoying?

I enjoy the array of languages; I take German and Chinese as well as Greek and Latin. I also enjoy the extra-curricular activities, such as design, drama or art, as well as the depth of teaching, the range of different subjects I can choose, and the good teachers that are available.

Do you have any abiding memories of Solefield?

Running around with friends, spending time playing sport and just generally being with friends, including some I continue to see and catch up with.

How has being at Solefield influenced your life?

Had I not gone to Solefield, I can guarantee I would not be at Eton. The Head recommended it for me to my parents. Solefield was very good for me, as not only did they teach in-depth core for those that wanted it, for extra-curricular, Solefield readily provided! Solefield prepared me well for the first round of testing (the ISEB test), which gave me the green light to take up the further stages required to go to Eton.

Do you have any advice you would like to give to current Solefield boys?

Always try your hardest. Be engaged in what you enjoy and if you think something is unlikely, give it a shot! Because you never know, it might work out. Don’t be afraid of change.