People's Stories

  • Ogden Trust alumnus – Robbie

    5 Jul 2017

    Robbie attended an Ogden Trust Physics course back in 2014. When we catch up with him five years later we discover he is now studying Maths and Computer Science at Durham University.

  • Scholar Alumnus – Josh Drinkwater

    8 Jan 2018

    Swindon Scholar Josh Drinkwater recently became the first from his school, Lydiard Park Academy Sixth Form, to go on to study Medicine at university. Having completed his first term at Bristol University, Josh now looks back on a host of great achievements since he first joined the Scholars Programme in 2013. Medicine has always been […]

  • Swindon Scholar – Shain

    9 Mar 2018

    Shain is one of our Year 13 Swindon Scholars, who joined the Scholars Programme in Year 11. Three years on, he now holds offers to study Law at university from all five of his choices, including Oxford University. We asked Shain to look back on his time as a Scholar, and see how it helped […]

  • It’s Smart to be a Smartie

    24 Apr 2018

    Meet the founders of the Smarties Club, Amy, Sarita, Freya and Holly. Over the past academic year, Scholar Amy of the 2020 STEM Scholars Programme and her team from Mark Rutherford School have been going above and beyond for their Villiers Park INVOLVE project. From running a series of after school activities for Year 7 […]

  • Year 12 students mentor Year 11 peers on transition to sixth form

    2 Feb 2017

    At St. Christopher’s College, Accrington, work has begun on an exciting new peer mentoring scheme as part of Villiers Park INVOLVE and the East Lancashire Scholars Programme; a partnership between Villiers Park Educational Trust and Lancaster University. The mentoring scheme, which builds on the success of a similar scheme run in Villiers Park’s Swindon Scholars Programme […]

  • Scholars create fun-filled Maths revision website

    1 Feb 2017

    2020 STEM Scholars from The Voyager Academy have enjoyed working on their first Villiers Park INVOLVE challenge this year. Having decided that they wanted to create an online Maths resource, Scholars Adam, Swaira and Aphden started to think about their target audience and how best to engage them. The result of their hard work is […]

  • Scholar STEM Success – Nicole

    22 Mar 2018

    Swindon Scholar alumna Nicole recently secured a place on an exciting new degree apprenticeship programme at Jisc, a company providing digital solutions for education and research. She is currently one of only two apprentices who successfully made it on to the pilot year of the programme, where she will be working as a trainee cyber […]

  • Inspiring Excellence Programme Alumna and Shaping Your Future Mentee – Georgina So

    27 Mar 2017

    In 2015, Georgina So got in touch with Hayley, having requested her as a Career Mentor through Villiers Park Educational Trust’s Shaping Your Future initiative. While studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Birmingham Georgina wanted to find out more about Hayley’s field of research and gain advice on undertaking a PhD. Over a year later, Georgina and Hayley are still in regular contact and Georgina has gained so much more than she expected describing Hayley as ‘absolutely amazing’ and an ‘inspiration’.

  • Inspiring Excellence Programme Alumnus, Bradley Winter

    10 Oct 2017 | Alumni

    Villiers Park alumnus Bradley Winter has always been interested in technology. Four years after attending his Computer Science residential course, he now holds a First class degree in the same subject from Queen Mary University. He has since successfully begun to pursue a career in this field, “I am currently a Software Engineer at Just […]

  • Scholar Alumnus – Sam

    24 Jan 2018 | Alumni

    Sam joined the Hastings and Bexhill Scholars Programme whilst he was in Year 10 at St Leonards Academy, before going on to study at Bexhill College and graduating from the programme in 2015. He is now well on his path to a successful career in acting, having appeared in HBO’s immensely popular series Game of […]

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