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  • Lasting legacy for trustee committed to education

    13 Nov 2018

    Nearly £3,000 has been raised in memory of a former trustee who was ‘hugely passionate about education’ and committed to the mission of Villiers Park Educational Trust. Penelope Penney was a trustee between 2008 and 2012, during which time she played a fundamental role in the establishment of the Scholars Programme. Since stepping down, she’s […]

  • What makes a Villiers Park tutor?

    1 Nov 2018

    For twenty-five weeks of the year, our Foxton campus is taken over by up to 35 sixth form students attending an Inspiring Excellence course. These five day courses in subjects ranging from forensic science to creative writing allow students to embed themselves in their favourite subject, taught at an undergraduate level in a university style, […]

  • Forty-five Scholars set sights on early entry places

    1 Nov 2018

    Remember remember the 15th October… as the famous poem doesn’t go. This date is, however, when all students wishing to apply for Oxbridge or to study medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry at university need to submit their applications – three months ahead of the deadline for all other courses. The early deadline isn’t the only […]

  • CEO’s outstanding contribution to social mobility celebrated at retirement event

    1 Oct 2018

    Staff, former colleagues and friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of Richard Gould, CEO of Villiers Park Educational Trust last Friday night (28 September). A former teacher, Richard joined Villiers Park in 1989 as Assistant Manager of Middleton Stoney, the original home of our education centre. He rose to Trust Director before moving to our […]

  • Call for Plymouth schools to join unique Inspire2INVOLVE programme

    31 Aug 2018

    State schools across Plymouth are invited to join a unique programme that aims to raise aspiration and develop vital transferable skills in young people in the area. Downing College, University of Cambridge, and Villiers Park Educational Trust, a national social mobility charity, launched Inspire2INVOLVE in Plymouth in 2017. Students who participated in the programme’s first […]

  • First A&O Accelerate residential for aspiring law students

    30 Aug 2018

    In the heart of bustling London, 18 Villiers Park A-level students experienced life inside a modern law firm, exchanging their hometowns across the UK for the City’s skyscrapers, and taking part in innovative and practical challenges. The A&O Accelerate residential course is run in conjunction with global law firm Allen & Overy and Villiers Park, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Disadvantaged students can have a competitive edge, says social mobility charity

    31 Jul 2018

    Press statement in response to Damian Hinds first speech on social mobility We’re really pleased that Damian has spoken so passionately about social mobility this morning and launched a number of research projects and plans to improve the chances of young people in a number of ways. In particular, we applaud his focus on the […]

  • 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 […]

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