Villiers Park Educational Trust’s Social Mobility Programme Celebrates Scholars’ Success

Published: 14 Jul 2017

During June and July, students from 36 partner schools and colleges in Crawley; East Lancashire; Hastings & Bexhill; Norfolk; Swindon and Tyneside celebrated a year of personal and academic success on the Villiers Park Educational Trust’s Scholars Programme, receiving a number of awards for their efforts. The End of Year Celebrations saw overwhelming support from the Scholars’ schools, friends and families, and programme supporters.

The Scholars Programme is a comprehensive four-year programme designed to empower bright students from less advantaged backgrounds to overcome the obstacles to success, develop the personal and academic skills to fulfil their potential, access leading universities or other centres of excellence, to thrive once there and to become tomorrow’s leaders.  A recent report from the Higher Education Policy Institute shows how important it is to prepare young people for university life and study, it highlighted their unreal expectations about the amount of time spent in lectures, that they lacked the confidence to deal with finances and that they were unprepared for living with other people.

The Scholars Programme helps students to overcome all barriers to success as can be seen from the 2016 impact data which showed that 82% of Scholars gained a place at university, against the national average of 19% for the least advantaged 20%² of students.

The End of Year Celebrations marked the great achievements of all Scholars on the programme with the awarding of the 457 Gold Standard Awards and 22 of the prestigious Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Awards.  Find out who won these awards in each area:

If you would like to support the work of Villiers Park as they continue working to improve social mobility and help next year’s group of Scholars also go on to success, please visit their website at, or contact them by telephone on 01223 872601, or email



[1] Higher Education Funding Council Polar 3 Report, 2010-2011; Scholar feedback and results, Aug 2016.

Notes to editors:

  1. Villiers Park Educational Trust is a registered charity with over 50 years of experience – empowering young people to fulfil their potential by helping them develop a passion for learning and raising their aspirations.  The charity is committed to fair access – enabling students from less advantaged backgrounds to gain places at leading universities and to thrive once there.
  2. The Villiers Park Educational Trust Scholars Programme is a four year comprehensive programme of support for high ability students from less advantaged backgrounds between Years 10 and 13 which works in seven areas across the UK.
  3. For further information please contactJack Jakins, Villiers Park Educational Trust at