The charity helping northern state students reach our best universities


Linacre is a charity which helps state-school sixth formers in northern England reach our most competitive universities. In 2014, Oxbridge colleges or Imperial College, London offered 70% of our applicants places – a better rate than any school in the country.

We work with a limited number of partner schools across our target region. All are in areas in the bottom 20% in the country for educational outcomes. They have called our work “truly transformational”.

Our Reach Higher programme includes residential schools at Westminster School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, as well as intensive and sustained subject mentoring. It has been called “life-changing” and “beyond outstanding”.

Our aim is to give our students the same chance of reaching our most competitive universities as their counterparts at our best performing independent schools.

I can honestly admit that the Institute changed my life

— student from South Yorkshire

Latest News

Early success for Linacre 2016 students

Less than eight weeks after sending off their applications, almost all of Linacre’s 2016 students have already won offers from the UK’s dozen most academically demanding universities. Read more

Paul Boyle

Our board of trustees includes leading figures from education, academia, the media and government. For example, Paul Boyle is co-founder of a technology start-up which has now won over $10m worth of orders in a decade.

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