Swindon Scholars Programme to celebrate achivements of bright young students

By Claire Dukes - 13 June 2018


A scholars programme in Swindon is preparing for its end of year celebrations to congratulate graduating students on their accomplishments.

Villiers Park's Swindon Scholars is a programme designed to support children from less privileged backgrounds which can often affect their educational growth and potential.

Set up in 2010 the national charity works alongside young people, from year 10 to year 13, to improve their academic skills and help prepare them for higher education and life after. Over a period of four years Villers Park aims to enhance and enrich their pupils' academic studies - through their scholarship programme they are able to reach children who may otherwise not have access to such educational opportunities.

Year 10 Scholars working on a project whilst on residential in Foxton. L-R Kester Dadzie, Oliva Harrison, Magdalena Howell, Omosalewa Funsho, Dionne Johnson

Clare Edwards, Communications Manager at Villiers Park Educational Trust, said: "Our programme tackles inequality across the UK - education should be based on ability more than background. We equip young people with skills on a more equal playing field to their peers.

"Our students are able to benefit from fortnightly one to one sessions, workshops and residential courses which include trips to Foxton. Our end goal is to give them the skills they need to go onto higher education.

Year 12 Scholars pitching their new brand of popcorn to Havas, marketing agency in London

"The event, which happens at the end of each academic year, is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the last year as well as those who have gone above and beyond."

On 27 June Villiers Park will be hosting their annual awards ceremony which highlights the accomplishments of scholars from the programme. This year the event will be taking place at Phoenix Theatre, New College. A former scholar will also be in attendance and give a speech about his achievements after the Swindon Scholars Programme.

For further information visit www.villierspark.org.uk

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