Boris Johnson will be the fifth Eton-educated PM since 1945
24th July 2019
Boris Johnson will be the fifth prime minister since the Second World War to have been educated at Eton College.
The other four to attend the independent, fee-paying boarding school were David Cameron (prime minister from 2010-16), Alec Douglas-Home (1963-64), Harold Macmillan (1957-63) and Anthony Eden (1955-57).
Like Boris Johnson, all of them were Conservative prime ministers.
It means one third of the UK’s 15 prime ministers since 1945 are Old Etonians – the name given to former pupils of the college.
Three other post-war PMs attended independent schools: Clement Attlee (Haileybury), Winston Churchill (Harrow) and Tony Blair (Fettes).
Other Eton-educated PMs include William Pitt the Elder (prime minister from 1766-68); Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (twice prime minister in the early 19th century); William Gladstone (four-time prime minister in the late 19th century); and Arthur Balfour (1902-05).
'How I got to medical school via A&E and the chicken shop'
The BBC looks at medical student Yousef El Tawil and how his life changed after an accident in school on the day of his last exam.
He hates talking about what happened but remembers his form tutor urging him not to waste his potential - then "half an hour later, I ended up climbing a very sharp and tall gate at the back of the school" - and it was there the accident happened.
Yousef knew he wanted to be a doctor - but how? His Year 10 GCSE exams were a write-off. "I failed everything, except Arabic, my native language," he says.
Under the old-style modular GCSEs, Yousef could resit. He had to do 24 exams in one month - but such was his drive that he achieved 13 A*s, As and Bs.
His teachers still thought his chances of achieving good enough A-levels for medical school were weak and tried to talk him out of it - there are 11 or 12 applications for each place, with entry grades of at least AAA.
But a friend told Yousef about the extended medical degree programme at King's College London - and he decided to apply there, as well as for standard courses.
He was rejected outright everywhere - except King's, which interviewed him and made an offer.
The King's extended course runs for six years, rather than the conventional five and spreads the first year of the medical degree over two years.
There's individualised extra support where needed, whether academic, pastoral or financial, but students are taught with and take the same exams as students on the standard course.
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48991071