Villiers Park

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Villiers Park Educational Trust is a registered educational charity in the United Kingdom that helps very able students achieve their full academic potential and gain a place at a leading university. It runs a residential training centre in Foxton, close to Cambridge. The Trust also provides an advisory service for secondary schools to help them improve provision for gifted and talented students.

Over 17,000 Year 12/13 students have taken part in residential courses at Villiers Park Educational Trust, well over half from disadvantaged backgrounds, and of that group, more than 80% have gone on to study at a leading university.

In 2009 the Trust launched the Villiers Park Scholars Programme to support able 14-19 year old students from less advantaged backgrounds. The four-year programme includes course-specific residential courses at Villiers Park, master-classes at local universities, regular one-to-one meetings with a learning mentor and online provision to enhance learning. The Trust also offers advice to Scholars’ parents and works with their schools and colleges to improve everyday classroom provision for able students.

Origins

Villiers Park Educational Trust was founded in 1924 as The Manor Charitable Trust by four old Etonians (Arthur Villiers, Gerald Wellesley, Alfred Wagg and Sir Edward Cadogan) for the purpose of supporting the Eton Manor Boys' Club in east London, which they'd set up in 1909.

In 1951 Sir Edward Cadogan started some...
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