Villiers Park Educational Trust comment on OFFA’s Access Agreements

Published: 23 Aug 2017

“It’s good to see that all universities have agreed to work with schools by 2018-2019. This isn’t just useful, it’s essential to raise the chances of improving widening participation. In our work in partnership with the University of Sussex, Lancaster, UEA and a group of Cambridge Colleges (Trinity, Emmanuel and Downing), our starting point has been to engage the senior leadership teams in the participating schools and colleges. Outreach doesn’t work if it is merely an extra-curricular add-on, it must be an integral part of a student’s learning experience. The challenge is to use a common language so that schools can see the benefit of involvement in a social mobility programme.”

Richard Gould, Chief Executive, Villiers Park Educational Trust


Notes to Editors:

  1. Villiers Park Educational Trust is a registered charity with over 50 years of experience – empowering bright young people with the academic and personal skills to fulfil their potential and become tomorrow’s leaders.  The charity is committed to fair access – enabling students from low-income backgrounds to gain places at leading universities, or other centres of excellence, and to thrive once there. The Trust’s Scholars Programme is a four year comprehensive programme of support for students between Years 10 and 13 which works in seven areas across the UK.
  2. For further information please contact Julia Shervington, Communications Executive, Villiers Park Educational Trust on or 01223 872601.