Villiers Park Educational Trust
Villiers Park Educational Trust helps able young people to reach their full academic potential and develop a passion for learning. We are committed to fair access -- enabling students from less advantaged backgrounds to gain places at leading universities. We have established the Mike Baker Memorial Fund, in honour of our former trustee. All funds raised will be used to help less advantaged young people participate in our educational activities. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please make a notation in the message box of the donation form. Thank you.


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Communications Management's Uni Challenge!

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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE - an event in aid of Villiers Park Educational Trust's Mike Baker Memorial Fund

Education specialist consultancy Communications Management is raising money for Villiers Park Educational Trust, a charity that helps able young people to reach their full academic potential and develop a passion for learning. The work carried out by Villers Park allows students from less advantaged backgrounds to gain places at leading universities.  For more about what they do, click here.

We are raising money specifically for the Mike Baker Memorial Fund, established in memory of award-winning journalist and Villiers Park trustee Mike Baker. The fund works to keep Mike's memory alive and continue the work he so strongly believed in. Some of the funds raised are used to support the Active Journalism courses for Year 12 Scholars, whilst the rest of the monies raised are used to recognise and reward those Scholars that have demonstrated exemplary attainment, attitude, manners, contribution, attendance nad progress each academic year.

We have set our staff a challenge; on the 13th May 2014, they are tasked with splitting into teams and visiting as many London universities as possible within a day. We hope to raise much needed funds to support the work of Villiers Park, and also plan to use the opportunity to highlight the barriers to educational access faced by students whom Villiers Park supports.

Please sponsor us to help us ensure that young people are able to succeed - any amount will be very welcome.

What Villiers Park students say about their experience and the opportunities it has given them

"This week was one of the best of my life.  I met people similar to me, who I actually like.  The passion of both the teachers was also easily visible.  Many more people should get this opportunity. This is the best." - A student on the 2013 Mathematics Year 12 'Inspiring Excellence' course

"It makes you feel good about yourself being on this special programme. I have enjoyed meeting new people from different schools." - Ali, Scholar

"Villiers Park has broadened my thinking and shown me the path I need to go down to get to where I want in life." - Sam, 15, Scholar

"It is great being a Scholar - a completely different experience to any that I have had before. I feel very privileged to be one because not many have this chance. I have really enjoyed meeting new people and going to universities and colleges." - Thomas, 15, Scholar

What your money would pay for

  • £10 would pay for a vital study book for the student's subject
  • £25 would cover the cost of a Scholar travelling to a University interview or Open Day
  • £40 would pay for a young person to travel to a transformational, subject specific week-long course at Villiers Park's site in Foxton
  • £50 would pay for a Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Award for a year 10, 11 or 12 student
  • £75 (per student) would pay for two dedicated tutors at the cutting edge of their field and one guest speaker for a challenging week-long residential course
  • £100 would pay for a Mike Baker Scholar of the Year Award for a year 13 student
  • £180 would pay for a two-day Stepping Stones to Excellence residential course for a student to develop key life skills such as communications, team working, research and confidence
  • £350 would pay for 35 Scholars to attend an inspirational masterclass at a leading University
  • £600 would pay for a student to receive the tailored guidance and one-to-one support of a Learning Mentor for a whole year
  • £1,600 would pay for one year's bursary for a student to join the Scholar's Programme, a comprehensive four-year pathway to success.

By pledging money through Virgin Money Giving, donations will be quickly processed and passed to Villiers Park Educational Trust. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit organisation, and will claim gift aid on Villiers Park's behalf where eligible. We really appreciate all your support, and thank you and your organisations for any doantions.

We will be tweeting throughout the day from @CMall4education and will post photos here and on our website at

More information about Villiers Park Educational Trust is available at their website,

Recent donors

24.05.14 Well done to you all



19.05.14 Hope it went well. Huw and Angela Marks



16.05.14 Well done

15.05.14 Pam, I hope you and your colleagues have now recovered from the exertions - I antiicpate it was good fun. Best wishes

15.05.14 Well done to you all!

15.05.14 Well done on the fundraising!

15.05.14 Congratulations to everyone at Communications Management for such an amazing challenge

14.05.14 Hope the day went well guys. Great idea and a very worthy cause

14.05.14 Keep up the good work!


14.05.14 A fantastic effort in monsoon conditions by a wonderful team - you really put your heart, soul - and feet - into the challenge!

13.05.14 Great day, well done team!

13.05.14 Sorry I can't be there! Good luck guys, hope you don't get too wet!


12.05.14 Have fun and good luck!

12.05.14 Great idea! Good luck and enjoy - from John and Sally (Sandra's parents)

12.05.14 Good luck to all! Mike would be proud of you.

12.05.14 Best of luck from everyone at SMRS!


12.05.14 Sounds exhausting. Best of Luck!!



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