Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Nelson Mandela
Just get as involved as you can, if you can inspire kids like us, just do it!”.

Ruth Draper – Student North OxfordShire Academy


Driving Ambition

Managed by the RSA North Oxfordshire Group, the project started in 2011 when a group of Fellows decided they should start a project that would benefit the local community. Two local schools expressed an interest in working with us, to help raise the level of ambition amongst their pupils. At the launch event in May 2012, our keynote speaker, local MP and RSA Fellow, Sir Tony Baldry referred to a “mutuality of interests”, where pupils could learn from industry and industry could learn from pupils. This in reality is what has been happening.  


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.

Founded in a coffee shop in Covent Garden in 1754, the RSA has a wealth of notable achievements and Fellows in its 250-year history. These include RSA Medals, awarded annually to international thought-leaders and innovators.

Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship, it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.


Driving Ambition Handbook

Another Good Year for Driving Ambition

As 2018 draws to a close we can look back on another successful year working with NOA in Banbury and Oxford Spires in Oxford.

Look out for a new video and a "Getting Started" handbook early next year.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019!