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  • Scholars attend Trinity College Cambridge’s first residential for Year 11 students.

    17 Aug 2018

    Three of our Scholars were recently among forty-three students given a unique opportunity to experience life at a Cambridge college that has taught princes, poets, spies and even prime ministers. The new residential course for Year 11 students ran in partnership with Trinity College’s widening participation team and staff from Villiers Park Educational Trust, and […]

  • Introducing Lynn Gradwell, our new trustee

    10 Aug 2018

    Lynn Gradwell is Director for Children’s Services at Barnardos, London – a position she’s held since 2013. Since qualifying as a nursery nurse straight from school, Lynn’s career has included social work, adult education and managing children’s services for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire County Councils before she joined Barnardos in 2003 as Children’s Services Manager in […]

  • INVOLVE News: Dry ice, bomb disposal and squashed tomatoes

    1 Aug 2018

    INVOLVE is the name for our scheme that sees enrichment activities run by our Scholars in schools across the country. Students enhance their key academic and personal skills and their efforts are recognised through an Award system. Meanwhile, their peers are able to enjoy and learn from some magnificent clubs and events! In the latest […]

  • Scholar Marketing Society brainstorm new brand

    31 Jul 2018

    A group of three Swindon Scholars and two other students from The Commonweal School Sixth Form and Lydiard Park Academy Sixth Form recently combined forces to set up a Marketing Society in Swindon, in association with our partner and global media agency, Havas. The five Year 12 students met weekly to share their ideas to […]

  • Scholars organise business event for local school

    19 Jul 2018

    Five Villiers Park Scholars recently provided a fantastic opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students studying business at Lydiard Park Academy, as part of their student-led INVOLVE project. Over the past few weeks the Year 10 Scholars have been working as a team to arrange a business ‘guest speaker’ event through our partnership with Founders4Schools, […]

  • Swindon Scholars Law Society trip to Swindon Magistrates Court

    19 Jul 2018

    Last week our Swindon team took a group of Year 12 Scholars who are members of the Scholar Law Society, organised by Villiers Park, on a visit to the Swindon Magistrates Court for an opportunity to see the legal justice system in action. We wanted them to experience a variety of trials to see what […]

  • Chief Executive Richard Gould announces retirement

    18 Jul 2018

    Richard Gould has announced that he will be retiring as Chief Executive of social mobility charity Villiers Park Educational Trust. During his long-standing leadership of the organisation, the charity has become a leading national force in the drive to improve social mobility. Inspiring their beneficiaries to fulfil their academic potential has resulted in remarkable success […]

  • Deputy Mayor praises “life-changing opportunities” for young people in Hastings

    6 Jul 2018

    “It was such an honour to hear about the inspirational stories and achievements from the Scholars at Villiers Park over the course of their programme,” said Cllr Bacon. “The opportunities that Villiers Park have provided these young people are life-changing and I am confident that they will use these skills to follow their dreams and eventually support and inspire others to reach their full potential."

  • Swindon Scholars visit University of Oxford Medical School

    3 Jul 2018

    In June, the Swindon Scholars Programme team took a group of nine Scholars on a trip to the University of Oxford for a medicine-specific open day at the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre. As members of the Scholar Medicine Society, which helps students on the programme delve further into subjects they are passionate about, the Scholars […]

  • ‘Astonishing’ week for five Scholars at House of Commons

    3 Jul 2018

    As a popular tourist destination, the historical sights of Westminster – the Palace, the Clock Tower and the enormous Winston Churchill monument but to name a few – are familiar to many. But for five of our Scholars, the imposing stone buildings that lie within minutes of our Prime Minister’s front door became a place […]

  • Professor Sir Les Ebdon appointed to trustee board of Villiers Park Educational Trust

    2 Jul 2018

    Professor Sir Les Ebdon, who received a knighthood recently in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘his services to higher education and social mobility’, has been appointed as a trustee of social mobility charity, Villiers Park Educational Trust. Professor Ebdon, previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, stepped down from his role as Director of […]

  • Final tips and a fond farewell – Year 13 University Life workshop

    29 Jun 2018

    In June, the Swindon Learning Mentor team hosted a social workshop for our Year 13 Scholars, to celebrate the end of their A-level exams and their successful university applications. Thirteen of our Year 13 Scholars gathered in the sunshine at New College, Swindon, to enjoy the occasion. The workshop was aimed to help them prepare […]

  • Life, liberty and love in 1918 explored at student exhibition

    29 Jun 2018

    Life, Liberty and Love in 1918 was the theme of an exhibition created by students exploring the human stories of those living in Britain 100 years ago. Hidden Histories Inspiring Excellence Course students, who have been on a residential trip in Foxton all week (25-29 June), have enjoyed lectures from tutors Temi Odumosu, Art Historian […]

  • Swindon Mayor praises teenagers as the ‘future of our country’ at celebration evening

    28 Jun 2018

    The Mayor of Swindon paid tribute to teenagers for their hard work and dedication to a national programme that many of them say has ‘impacted their lives’ for the better. Councillor Junab Ali was speaking at the Villiers Park Educational Trust celebration event on Wednesday (27 June), hosted at New College in Swindon, where students […]

  • Trustee’s legacy honoured at official opening of the Mike Baker Room

    22 Jun 2018

    BBC newsreader Reeta Chakrabarti paid tribute to her former colleague and friend, Mike Baker, at a special event celebrating his lasting legacy at Villiers Park Educational Trust on Wednesday 20 June. Mike, an award-winning former BBC Education Correspondent, was a Villiers Park trustee ahead of his death from lung cancer aged 55 in 2012. Since […]

  • Bomb disposal expert talks to Swindon students via live feed from United Nations

    15 Jun 2018

    A bomb disposal expert, who spoke to students via a live feed from outside the United Nations, was one of five speakers who left over 500 students at a Swindon school inspired after a day of special presentations organised by their peers. Duncan Young, TRITON and IED Lead with Optima Group UK, who specialise in […]

  • Scholars proud of younger year’s PRIDE Talks

    8 Jun 2018

    This May saw the exciting culmination of five months of work from a group of Sussex Coast College Scholars, as they hosted the PRIDE Talks conference at The Hastings Academy as part of their Villiers Park INVOLVE project. The evening saw 28 younger students perform live speeches on topics of their choosing, after months of […]

  • In brief with… Zoe Mitchell, Learning Mentor

    6 Jun 2018

    Tell us about your job  I am officially employed by UEA, who are partners with Villiers Park for the Norfolk Scholars Programme. My role is to raise the aspirations of each Scholar I work with through mentoring and skills-focused events. This looks different for every Scholar. For some, it’s encouraging them to apply to a […]

  • What happens on… A Scholar Residential

    5 Jun 2018

    Every year, students on our Scholars Programme will hop aboard a coach and travel to Foxton for a residential course. But what actually happens when they arrive? We joined a group of Year 12 Scholars from Tyneside to find out more… Day one – the launch Late one February afternoon, a bus containing 28 STEM […]

  • Stressed? Learn how to manage it!

    27 Apr 2018

    Throughout April, the Learning Mentor team in Swindon have been delivering Stress Management workshops for all of the Year 11 Scholars ahead of their GCSE exams in May. The Learning Mentor team, who are specialised in a variety of techniques that can be used to mitigate or manage stress, have taken the Stress Management workshop […]

  • Interview and Ethics workshop puts aspiring medics through their paces

    10 Apr 2018

    On Tuesday 27th March, the Villiers Park Swindon Medicine Society held its second workshop of the year. I’ve run the Medicine Society for the last five years, for Scholars who are interested in pursuing a medical, dental or veterinary career. We hold workshops on a range of themes, welcome key speakers and visit medicine specific […]

  • Less advantaged students outperform peers thanks to long-term education charity programme.

    2 Feb 2018

    Education charity Villiers Park says its model proves that background doesn’t have to dictate the future of young people. Students on their national Scholars Programme, which provides long-term, tailored support for 14-18 year-olds from less advantaged backgrounds, have vastly outperformed their peers in core GSCE subjects including Maths and English. Analysis of national GCSE results […]

  • Inspire2INVOLVE launched in Thurrock and Plymouth

    10 Nov 2017

    In the first week of November, students, parents and teachers met to celebrate the launch of Inspire2INVOLVE – two new partnerships between Villiers Park Educational Trust and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Downing College, Cambridge. The launch events were a great success, each introducing these exciting new programmes designed to help improve social mobility in South […]

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