Friends of Villiers Park Educational Trust
Young people without a family tradition of higher education are often at a substantial disadvantage when it comes to applying to leading universities. As a result, a great deal of academic talent goes to waste, a tragedy both for the young people themselves and for the economic and social well-being of the nation. Villiers Park aims to change this situation for young people around the UK.
Private school students are 55 times more likely than students on Free School Meals to win a place at Oxbridge and 22 times more likely to go to a leading university.
The Villiers Park Scholars Programme is tackling this inequality by supporting able students from less advantaged backgrounds to compete on equal terms with their wealthier peers. The Scholars Programme is a four year pathway to help students from lower income backgrounds reach their full potential and gain access to leading universities.
The results of our Scholars Programme are comparable to those achieved by any independent school in the UK. In 2016:
- 63% of A-level grades were A*-B
- 82% gained a university place (a further 10% are taking a gap year before applying)
- A survey suggests that we have a 100% retention rate at leading universities – every Scholar has completed their degree course
We help our Scholars reach their full academic potential; raise their self-esteem, motivation and aspiration and develop their study and life skills to both access and thrive at university and beyond.
“Villiers Park has been one of the best experiences of my life. It has improved a huge variety of my skills and allowed me, and many others, to achieve our dreams of studying the subjects we are passionate about at top universities and kick start our careers. Without the Trust this would not be possible. Without the Trust some Scholars wouldn’t have even thought about university let alone attended one.”
Russell is a Scholars Programme alumnus and is currently studying Physics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
How you can help
By 2017-2018 we aim to expand our national programme to ten regional Scholars Programmes. You can help us change the lives of hundreds more young people across the UK by becoming a Friend of Villiers Park for as little as £5 per month.
You can become a Friend of Villiers Park by:
Setting up a regular direct debit (minimum £5 per month)
- £5 per month – would pay for a student to travel to one of our five-day subject-specific residential courses
- £10 per month – would pay for 10 Learning Mentor sessions
- £25 per month – would pay for two students to attend a two-day academic course
- Platinum Friend – £100 per month will sponsor a place on the Scholars Programme for a whole year
“After leaving each residential trip I always felt like I was walking away with a fresh perspective on my studies, and it never failed to motivate me to work harder in order to achieve. I think I can say that Villiers Park helped me a lot with the process of discovering what I want to do with my life, and the motivation it gave me helped me to achieve the grades I did – in turn helping me to get into a great university.”
Autumn is a Scholar alumna who is currently studying Art History at University College London.
As a Friend of Villiers Park your name will be listed as a supporter below and you will receive a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of how the Scholars Programme is progressing, including news items on the Scholars’ personal triumphs throughout the year. Friends will also receive an automatic invitation to our summer Garden Party where you can meet our Scholars and alumni.
As a Platinum Friend you will also receive a termly progress report on your sponsored Scholar as well as an invitation to their end of year celebration event. At each of our Inspiring Excellence Programme courses we invite inspirational speakers to talk about their field of expertise, with subjects ranging from the Neurobiology of Criminal Behaviour to the Mathematics of Juggling. As a Platinum Friend you will be invited to join the students for the after dinner discussion.
By contributing to the Scholars Programme you are helping the next generation of less advantaged students reach their full potential, making a huge impact on individuals and improving social mobility across the UK.
“Villiers Park is able to offer great support to help young people realise their potential. They provided me with invaluable support when applying for university and I would love to see the same help they gave me provided to others for years to come!”
Tom is a Scholar alumnus who graduated with a First Class MEng in Computer Science from Bristol University in 2015. Tom went straight into work as a Technical Consultant for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.
If you have any questions please call 01223 872601 and ask for the Development Team.