Widening Access to Highly-Selective Universities, 26 February 2020

Wednesday 26 February 2020 10.30am – 1.00pm
St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street, London NW1 6AX


The role of schools across the country to act as agents for social mobility
has never been more important. Race and underprivilege continue to impact on access to elite universities today. Four London schools have come together to raise awareness and increase understanding around issues of inequality.


Tickets are free of charge and can be booked here.


Session 1: Chaired by Dame Esther Rantzen DBE
The first panel discussion will consider the national picture regarding applications to highly-selective universities. How do young people from less-privileged backgrounds experience university? What are the trends in admissions?

  • Rianna Croxford, Cambridge graduate, award winning reporter and producer, NCTJ News Journalist of the Year
  • Andrew Fairbairn, CEO and Founder of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), London
  • Professor David Gillborn, Professor of Critical Race Studies, School of Education Birmingham University
  • Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Professor Graham Virgo QC, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Cambridge University
  • Professor Martin Williams Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Oxford

Session 2: Chaired by Simon Henderson, Head Master, Eton College

The second panel comprises headteachers from schools with experience and expertise in supporting applications to top academic universities. What is the secret of their success?

  • Scott Baker, Head Master, London Academy of Excellence
  • Patrick Derham, Head Master, Westminster School
  • Sarah Fletcher, High Mistress, St Paul’s Girls’ School
  • Max Haimendorf, Principal, King Solomon Academy
  • Kat Pugh, Headteacher, The St Marylebone CE School
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