About the Accelerate and Access Foundation

The Accelerate and Access Foundation promotes social mobility in UK maintained schools through education. Working with multiple partners, we incubate and seed-fund new and innovative programmes designed to enable first-generation, bright, under-resourced students to gain entrance to leading universities.  By improving the percentage of lower-income pupils achieving a high-quality university degree, we expect this will significantly improve employment and further education opportunities and inspire others around them.

Enabling Social Mobility Through Educational Partnerships

Operational since 2013, the Foundation funds and manages the ‘Academies Partnership Programme’ underway in Kent.  From July 2020, this multi-year summer school, which runs as a partnership between independent and maintained schools and Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University, will become Sevenoaks School’s flagship outreach initiative and will be fully operated and funded by the School’s philanthropic foundation.

The AAF has also seed-funded a second 4-year summer school programme in 2017, United Access, in partnership with the United Learning Group.


Latest News

AAF Annual Report 2017

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Accelerate and Access Foundation to work with Pro-Bono Economics

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United Access Easter Residential

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KAN APP Easter Residential

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Latest Tweets

  • Had a terrific time at Taming of the Shrew yesterday evening for the Cambridge Shakespeare festival. Students loved… https://t.co/8xPk0bZlsi  14 July 2018
  • Having our final lunch @QueensCam after a great week! Thanks to @FitzwilliamColl @FitzSLO @QAdmissions for their ho… https://t.co/Zcqwqd0RnI  14 July 2018
  • Remember to follow @KAN__UAP to keep up to date with all the of exciting developments from@the Kent Acadmies Networ… https://t.co/GB4y3ez9h5  14 July 2018

Video Diary

United Access - What it is all about...

The Academies Partnership Programme in Kent - an overview


Sevenoaks Foundation

The Sevenoaks Foundation has very generously agreed to support the APP in Kent for the next 5 years starting in 2018.

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The Buffini-Chao Foundation

The Buffini Chao Foundation has generously supported the AAF, particularly in the area of mentoring.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a grant-giving charity, based in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1958 by Canadian businessman W. Garfield Weston (1898-1978).

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Sutton Trust

Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is an educational charity in the United Kingdom which aims to improve social mobility and address educational disadvantage. The charity was set up by the educational philanphropist Sir Peter Lampl in 1997.

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‘We are proud to have completed the APP 4-year pilot with such success that we have secured funding to take the KAN APP out for at least another 5 years. The positive feedback we received from our first cohort during their first year at university is encouraging and inspiring and we look forward to the second cohort starting their university journey in the Autumn of 2018. We thank all the teachers, other school staff and speakers that volunteer their time and make the APP such a success. And, thank you to Sevenoaks School for your work in ensuring the long-term future of the APP. The positive impact on our students of everyone’s dedication and efforts is very clear.’

Debbie Hannam, AAF Trustee and Co-Founder


Students, Parents and Schools on the programme share their experiences below.

The APP has helped to raise the aspirations of students at The Folkestone Academy by giving them belief and confidence to aim for their highest possible goals.
It has also provided consistency and emotional support for students going through particularly challenging times.
Overall, APP is helping Folkestone Academy to raise aspirations and drive for outstanding achievement.

Folkestone Academy

We think the scheme has been a fantastic opportunity for our son and, as a family, we realise that these opportunities don’t come along every day. Our son has gained plenty already in many ways and we are delighted to support both him and the scheme.

Parents of a participating student

I can honestly say that without enrolling on the Access programme, I don’t know if I would be in the same place I am today. I couldn’t be happier with my results and where I am going to university.

Ella, Student

The AAF Family...

Here are some of the people making a difference at the AAF.

Recent Team members