About the Accelerate and Access Foundation

The Accelerate and Access Foundation promotes social mobility in UK maintained schools through educational partnerships.

Operational since 2013, the Foundation manages the ‘Academies Partnership Programme’ underway in Kent. From 2017, a second programme entitled ‘United Access’ is managed in the South of England in conjunction with United Learning.  It is intended for the AAF model to be adopted by further networks of schools in the UK.

Enabling Social Mobility Through Educational Partnerships

The Accelerate and Access Foundation supports programmes that improve access to the UK’s leading universities for under-resourced students attending maintained schools.  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.


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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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United Access Meet-Up Event Brings Students, Mentors and Parents Together

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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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"The Academies Partnership Programme in Kent has had a clear and measurable positive impact on the participants since 2013. I have enjoyed getting to know the students on the programme and watching them grow in confidence and aspire to previously unimaginable goals.”

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


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