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Alumni-led initiatives

Several alumni of St Catharine's are involved with access and mentoring initiatives. Please see below for details.

The Promise Foundation

Founded in 2013 by Promise Knight (2007), the Promise Foundation works in collaboration Queen’s Park Community School, London. The Foundation aims to tackle educational disadvantage by providing mentoring, advice and training to young people from underprivileged backgrounds. Promise Foundation mentors meet their mentees for an hour a week over a period of one academic year.

The programme has directly benefited more than 100 young people since its launch. Mentees are also offered work experience opportunities in fashion, midwifery, law, politics, sport and many other sectors. Many mentors accompany mentees on visits to colleges and universities, in order to help them understand the various options and routes into further and higher education available to them.

There is a growing waiting list of potential mentees. The Foundation has begun an active campaign to meet this expanding demand and is working in partnership with St Catharine's to get young people excited about the prospect of university. For more information, please contact visit or contact

The Access Project

The Access Project works with high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to top universities.

The charity tackles two main challenges for disadvantaged students in securing a place at university:

understanding the pathway to university by focusing on applications and preparation; and getting the grades needed to go to a top university by providing subject tuition delivered by expert volunteers.

Our programme brings together students, schools, volunteers and business partners. As a result of intensive and targeted support, students on achieve higher grades and are more likely to go on to study at university.

For more information, please visit

Contact details

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