Welcome to the Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools site.

Applications for the summer schools will open in January 2017. 

The Sutton Trust is the UK’s leading charity improving social mobility through education. We work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. We are particularly concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their family background, school or neighbourhood.

Founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997, the Trust has since funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages from low and middle income backgrounds and published over 120 research studies that have had a profound impact on national education policy.

Funded with partners and host universities, the Trust currently supports nearly 2,000 students a year on their flagship summer schools programme.

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Our Students Say it Best

  • ‘It was such an amazing experience that I'll never forget and I enjoyed all of my academic sessions. They were so interesting and the academics were really inspiring. The student ambassadors were great too!’

  • ‘I believe that the summer school has broadened my horizons and allowed me to see that an education at my dream university is perhaps not as unreachable as I first thought. Also, it was an amazing experience to be able to meet so many like-minded people and to be able to talk to people with the same aspirations and the same passion as myself. Thank you very much for allowing me to take part in this wonderful opportunity!’

  • ‘Thank you so much for this opportunity!! It has given me so much more confidence to apply to the top universities I wouldn't have gained from elsewhere. As well as the fascinating subject hours!!!

The Facts

Over 10,000 state school students have benefitted from the Trust’s summer schools.

76% of summer school attendees from 2008/9 went on to a leading university.

Sutton Trust Summer School attendees are 50% more likely to go on to leading universities than their peers.

600 summer school students are currently being mentored by professionals and undergraduates.


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Students at RVC (2014)