Emma Duncan references the Sutton Trust’s pilot of the Open Access scheme in the Times.
“Rather than closing these schools down, we should try to open them up. The Sutton Trust, an outfit dedicated to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged pupils, financed a project to do just that at the Belvedere girls’ school in a poor area of Liverpool in the early 2000s. The school emulated top American universities and went “need-blind” — in other words, those who were clever enough to get a place but too poor to pay for one had their fees wholly or partly covered. After seven years, a third of pupils had their fees wholly paid for by the Sutton Trust and the Girls’ Day School Trust. The school’s social mix reflected the locality but its results were the best in the city.”