Bright Young Minds
On A Mission.

We work with bright students from disadvantaged
backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised
tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.

What we do

Bright Young Minds On A Mission.

We work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.

The Access Project

The Access Project is an innovative education charity that helps bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain places at top universities. Our volunteers are trained and supported to be exceptional tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.

Did you know?

  • Only 2.5 per cent of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds get a place at a top university
  • Only one in every hundred pupils on free school meals received AAA grades or better at A-Level
  • Young people from the most advantaged backgrounds were 9.8 times more likely to get a place at a top university than the least advantaged

That’s why we work with our partner schools to support their students in overcoming the main barriers to access: not getting the grades their talent warrants; not seeing university as an option for ‘people like them’; and not having the support and guidance to make a competitive application.

Find out how you can get involved:

Our programme makes a real difference

  • A young person who has participated in The Access Project’s programme is more than twice as likely to go to a top university than another student with the same academic track record and background
  • Our students achieved half a grade more progress in their tutored subject at GCSE than classmates in their school

“The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.”

Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School, London

The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.
Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School, London

Volunteer

Learn new skills, gain useful experience and have a positive impact on a young person’s future.

Fundraise & Donate

Help us raise funds in support of our charity’s vital work.

Schools

Become a partner school. We provide one-to-one tuition and mentoring for up to 40 students from years 10–13.

Partners

Setting up an employee volunteering scheme, financially supporting our work and providing pro-bono support are just three of the ways organisations and individuals can partner with us.

Get In Touch

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk