Who we work with
The Norfolk Scholars Programme targets high achieving students in Years 10 -13 who are from backgrounds traditionally less likely to go to university.
It is a joint two or four year initiative with Villiers Park Educational Trust (based in Foxton, Cambridgeshire) to help improve the social mobility of this particular group, improve academic attainment and encourage them to apply to leading universities or other centres of excellence e.g. higher apprenticeships.
Eight local Norfolk-based schools are signed up to the programme with the aim of having 30-35 Scholars in each year group participating in the programme.
Scholars are nominated by their school and must meet selection criteria set by Villiers Park, as well as successfully complete a mini interview.
How it works
Scholars meet regularly with UEA-employed Learning Mentors on a one-to-one or group mentoring basis every three weeks during term-time. They will also have the opportunity to mix with other Scholars whilst taking part in activities at UEA, in local schools and at Villiers Park residential centre. See our 2017-18 event dates.
Scholars also have access to online resources and e-mentors, who are allocated on the basis of their subject of interest.
They also have the opportunity to lead on 'INVOLVE' projects which are intended for students participating in the programme, as well as those not on the programme.
Scholars programmes run by Villiers Park have excellent student progression rates to higher education e.g. in 2017, 92% of Scholars achieved A*-C/9-4 GCSE grades (national average 66%) and 76% gained a place at university.
In 2017, Norfolk Scholars achieved the following:
- 100% Year 11s achieved at least 5, A*-C/ 9-4/ Distinction* - Merit GCSE grades
- 58% of A-level grades were A* to B/Distinction* - Distinction
- 59% of Year 13s gained a place at university
In 2017, students who participated in all Villiers Park Scholars Programmes gave the following feedback:
- 93% Year 11s / 79% Year 13s said the programme had a positive effect on ability to work in a team
- 91% Year 11s / 70% Year 13s said the programme had a positive effect on communication skills
- 85% Year 11s / 74% Year 13s said the programme had a positive effect on self-confidence
- 80% Year 11s said the programme had a positive effect on research skills
- 70% Year 13s said the programme had a positive effect on enthusiasm for learning.