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About the Accelerate and Access Foundation

Conceived as an idea in 2012 and operational from 2013 in Kent, the Foundation gained charitable status in 2015 to manage the Academies Partnership Programme that is underway in Kent. It is intended for the model to be adopted by other 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.

The following data support the work of the AAF (all data taken from Sutton Trust research):

  • 5 elite schools sent more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge universities over the last three years than nearly 2,000 schools (comprising two thirds of the entire state sector)
  • Private school-educated students occupy over 50% of the country’s top jobs, despite making up only 7% of the student population in the UK
  • A young person from the wealthiest quintile by location is 10 times more likely to go to a Russell Group (top 24 in the UK) university than a pupil from the poorest quintile by location.

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Supporters

Caterham School

Caterham School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school located in Caterham, Surrey. Caterham is providing the base for the second AAF programme, United Access in association with United Learning.

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Queens’ College, Cambridge

Queens’ College, Cambridge supports world-leading teaching and research in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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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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United Learning Academies

United Access, the second AAF programme, is being delivered in association with United Learning and six United Learning Academies.

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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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Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School is an independent day and boarding school for boys in Tonbridge, Kent, England, founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judd.

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Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School is a selective co-educational independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent. It is the second oldest non-denominational school in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1432.

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Benenden School

Founded in 1923 and situated in 240 acres of attractive parkland in Kent, Benenden School has been one of the leading boarding schools in Britain for the last 90 years. There are currently 551 girls in the school, aged 11-18, with approximately 180 of those in the Sixth Form.

 

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Fitzwilliam College

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge is one of 31 colleges which alongside academic departments constitutes the University of Cambridge. Fitzwilliam was originally founded in 1869 as the non-collegiate Fitzwilliam Hall, to provide accommodation to those who could not afford to belong to a college.

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Balliol College

Founded in the 1260s by John de Balliol and Dervorguilla of Gallway, the parents of John I of Scotland, Balliol College is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford and most likely the oldest educational institution co-founded by a woman in the world.

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Kent Academies

The Kent Academies Network (‘KAN’) is a collaboration of independent schools and maintained academies that have been working together since 2007, and emerged out of the co-sponsorship of 6 academies by 5 independent schools and one grammar school in Kent.

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"The Academies Partnership Programme in Kent has had a clear and measurable positive impact on the participants in the past 4 years. 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

Impact in 2016

Students, Parents and Schools on the programme are happy to 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

The Kent Academies Network has enabled me to develop a well-rounded, intropective approach to my studies, through introducing me to the ways of university life and essential written and verbal skills. Since joining the scheme, I feel I have a greater breadth of knowledge towards higher education and am one step closing in effectively achieving this.

Ella Morley, Student

Trustees and Staff

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