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What's going on at Villiers Park?

This week Villiers Park will be hosting the ‘Hidden Histories: Sourcing the Past’ Inspiring Excellence residential course. 23 A-level students will be taking part in our five-day course, led by tutors Temi Odumosu and Dhwani Patel, who will be covering the historical period from the fall of Rome to the transatlantic slave trade, and introducing them to some of the challenges involved in historical research.

For anyone interested in supporting our work please visit our Friends of Villiers Park page.

As the country marks the centenary of the First World War we felt it appropriate to share a few stories with you, month by month, from September 1914 to 1918. Find out what our alumni were doing one hundred years ago by visiting our CHIN-WAG page.

News and Views

It’s morally wrong to impose class expectations on university access

As a society we have to ask ourselves why students from the most affluent homes are almost 2.5 times more likely to go to university than those from the poorest. We know that intelligence is not defined by where you are born, although it is nurtured by circumstance. And we know that the reasons for the discrepancy are numerous and complex. We also know that it is only right that we focus on the latter group, as clearly far too many poor students who should go to university don’t. But if that’s true, so is the corollary: that there are too many rich students who are at university but shouldn’t be.

To read the full story please visit our blog section or you can read the abbrieviated version that appeared in the Telegraph here.