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“Why does it matter who goes to a top university? This remains the single most important factor in improving social mobility. The aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are frequently low, as is awareness of the importance of A-level subject, degree course and university choices.  The result is a substantial level of underachievement by many with high potential, a great waste of life chances for the individuals concerned with a sizeable negative impact on the nation’s economic and social well-being”

Richard Gould, Chief Executive

  • Over the last 45 years, we have changed lives of:
    • Almost 26,000 students who have attended an Inspiring Excellence course
    • 305 Scholars who have graduated from the Scholars Programme and a further 660 who are currently on it
    • More than 10,000 students have benefited from improved lessons due to the Advisory Service
    • More than 100,000 students who have used our online extension activities
  • We have been helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for over 100 years, starting out with the Eton Manor Boys Club in East London
  • We believe that the lack of social mobility can be overcome through education and our results  demonstrate that this is possible
  • In 2016:
      • 63% of Scholars and 89% of Inspiring Excellence Programme students achieved A-level grades A*-B
      • 82% of Scholars and 87% of Inspiring Excellence Programme students gained a place at university
      • 80% of Scholars and 93% of Inspiring Excellence Programme students increased their passion for learning
      • 95% of Scholars and 90% of Inspiring Excellence Programme students achieved a First or 2:1 degree class

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To request an interview with Richard Gould, please contact: rg@villierspark.org.uk or call 01223 872601