Eton apologises for email error offering places to 400 boys

The Guardian is reporting that Eton College has apologised after an IT error resulted in hundreds of families being wrongly told their sons had won a conditional place at the school…

Eton said an email intended for nine families saying their sons had gained conditional places for the September 2017 intake was mistakenly sent to another 400 applicants’ families. A “systems error” was to blame, it said.

“This error was discovered within minutes and each family was immediately contacted to notify them that it should be disregarded and to apologise,” the school said.

“We take this type of incident very seriously indeed and so a thorough investigation, overseen by the headmaster Tony Little and led by the tutor for admissions, is being carried out to find out exactly what went wrong and ensure it cannot happen again.

“Eton College offers its sincere apologies to those boys concerned and their families. We deeply regret the confusion and upset this must have caused…”

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I guess we’ve all sent an email to the wrong person, and it looks like they were aware of the error very quickly, but could be awful for parents/children to think they’ve got a place and then being told otherwise.

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