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The Programme


One-to-one Tuition

We match high-flying graduates with students from disadvantaged areas for weekly academic tutorials. These sessions help our students achieve better grades and progress to top universities.

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A dedicated member of The Access Project staff is based in school to deliver university support and enrichment activities, which equip students with the skills and information they need to win places at top universities. 

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The Access Project is built-in, not bolted on: we believe that transforming educational outcomes can only be achieved through profound and sustained interventions. We have a proven track record of helping students boost their grades and win places at top universities.

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How it works

We match schools with a business within 30 minutes' travel - the business focuses their volunteering efforts at their partner school, and shares the cost of the programme.



Deliver The Access Project in your school

We work with schools with more than 30% of students on free school meals.

We provide one-to-one tuition for up to 70 students, years 10 - 13.



Partner with us to transform lives

We offer an in-depth partnership with a local school focused on real and measurable outcomes.

Tutoring is an engaging and rewarding volunteering opportunity for your staff, and you will receive dedicated support from our team to make it a success.

in their own words

Intheir1 Kerri Hall Tutor

"Every time I tutor Brook, it is the best thing I do with my week."

Intheir2 Denzil Year 11, King Solomon Academy Tutored in English

"The Access Project is allowing me to realise my dream of attending a Russell Group university"


Our impact


Why we're needed

15% of secondary school pupils in the UK are eligible for Free School Meals, but these students make up only 2% of the intake at England's 25 most selective universities.

Source: Sutton Trust (2010)

Raising attainment

The Access Project students make two thirds of a grade per subject more progress than their peers.


This is equivalent to six months of extra academic progress for each year they're tutored.


Widening Access

63% of our students go on to study at highly selective universities. That's significantly more than independent schools and far higher than the maintained sector average.


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