Mike Baker Memorial Fund

Chrissy and Mike Baker

Mike Baker was an award-winning education journalist, author and broadcaster whom we were proud to have as a trustee for just over five years. Sadly, Mike passed away in September 2012 from cancer. Mike’s friends, family and colleagues established a Fund both to keep his memory alive and to continue the work he so strongly believed in. To date the Fund has raised over £48,000 to help less advantaged students with high academic ability participate in our educational activities.


Mike Baker Room Appeal

The Mike Baker Memorial Fund has been a generous source of support for the young people we work with since it first began in 2012. To recognise the impact that Mike Baker had on Villiers Park – driven by his passion for helping less-advantaged young people – we have recently launched a new capital appeal to renovate one of our learning spaces in Mike’s name.

Each year over 1,200 less advantaged students attend subject specific or skill based residential courses at our centre. The topics they explore are delivered by academics and researchers at the cutting edge of their field, and give students an insight into what they could pursue. To make sure our facilities match up to this inspiring atmosphere we must revamp this space so that each of our students can fully immerse themselves in their subjects and leave us feeling truly inspired. Find out more here.

To support this campaign please visit our donation page here, or contact Jack Jakins on 01223 872601. 

“We were honoured to have Mike as a trustee. He shared our objectives and appreciated our approach to working with able young people. His commitment to fair access and social mobility was so very strong and we greatly miss his wisdom and practical advice.”

Richard Gould, Chief Executive, Villiers Park Educational Trust

The Mike Baker Memorial Fund

The Media Challenge

Some of the Mike Baker Memorial Fund is being used to support The Media Challenge courses for Year 12 Scholars. The courses are designed to help Scholars develop an appreciation of different types of media as well as its relevance and application in society. They also develop crucial independent learning and life skills including problem solving, decision making, critical questioning, research, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.

Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Award

The Fund is also used to recognise and reward those Scholars that have demonstrated exemplary attainment, attitude, contribution, attendance and progress during the academic year.

Read our latest Mike Baker Memorial Fund Newsletter.

If you would like to donate to the Mike Baker Memorial Fund to continue our vital work in honour of Mike, please contact the Development Team: development@villierspark.org.uk or telephone 01223 872601