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Villiers Park Educational Trust is a national social mobility charity. We deliver unique programmes for high ability students aged 14-19 from less advantaged backgrounds. 
Our programmes empower young people to succeed and overcome barriers to success. We help raise academic achievement by developing personal and employability skills.

Our Courses and Programmes


Scholars Programme

Achieve your success story. The Scholars Programme is a four-year scheme for students between Year 10 and Year 13 that builds the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. 
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Create, launch and lead an enrichment activity in your school or college. 

Inspiring Excellence Programme

Your favourite subject, a whole new perspective. Inspiring Excellence residential courses are innovative, challenging and life-changing courses for A-level students taught in a university style.

Bespoke Programmes

Partner with us to deliver bespoke programmes for young people from less advantaged backgrounds.

Our Impact

We are a charity committed to equality in educational outcomes, access to higher education and careers across the UK, with more than 50 years' expertise. We work with 2,000 young people each year with proven success. 

Scholars Programme

Proportion of GCSE grades C/4 and above

95% Villiers Park Scholars
69% National Average

Inspiring Excellence Programme

Proportion of A-level grades A*-B

93% Inspiring Excellence Students
53% National Average


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98% of students have gained a better overall understanding of personal qualities
and employability skills

Inspiring Excellence Programme

94% of students felt
their passion for the
subject had

Scholars Programme

Going to university or starting a foundation year

82% Villiers Park Scholars

with 37% going to a leading university

16% National Average


418 students planned, delivered and completed projects and
2,381 beneficiaries took part in these INVOLVE projects


"Being a Scholar has changed my life."

By his own admission, Ethan used to sit at the back of the classroom, where he hoped to fade into the furniture. Now in his final year on the Norfolk Scholars Programme, life couldn't be more different...

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Your Support

Our life-changing work for young people is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
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Of every £1 donated, 87p funds our work.


Raise funds through an event or activity.

Companies, Charitable Trusts and Philanthropy

Join the Inspire Network and Scholars Partnership.

Bespoke Programmes

Working in partnership with you.

Our News, Views and Opportunities 

“I genuinely believe that going to Villiers Park was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

“I genuinely believe that going to Villiers Park was one of the best decisions I ever made.” Georgina is one of our Inspiring Excellence alumni, and is now studying medicine at the University...
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Growing Up Gifted

Lights, Camera, Action! Cameras revisit Villiers Park Scholar for the small screen. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since our Tyneside scholar, Liam, first appeared on BBC 2’s Ge...
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Lazard Schools Insight Day

If you are interested in discovering what a career in Investment Banking and Lazard can offer you, please join us at our Insight Afternoon.

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Freshfields Spring Scheme

This is a practical scheme to help you develop your understanding of our selection process and the skills you need to demonstrate to secure a vacation scheme. 

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