The Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation is the result of the 2017 merger of two charities, the Royal National Children's Foundation (founded by Dr Andrew Reed in 1827 with a donation from the young Princess Victoria as an orphanage for fatherless children) and the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (whose launch in 2012 was inspired by the Arnold Foundation of Rugby School).

The newly merged charity gives life-transforming bursaries to disadvantaged and vulnerable children from across the UK.  In addition, we seek to increase social mobility by widening educational opportunities and providing a streamlined approach to the bursary charity sector for schools.

RNCF had providing Assisted Boarding for vulnerable children at independent and state boarding schools throughout the UK, the scheme had seen the transformation of young lives for good: children could be withdrawn from a challenging environment, and given the opportunity to receive pastoral care and individual attention in a safe and structured environment.

The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation had the ambition to advance the education of children and young people in need because of financial hardship, family circumstances or other social and economic disadvantages.  It had been doing so by arranging full bursaries for eligible children to attend state and independent boarding schools.

These “natural partners”, as described by the "new" charity's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, now seek to reach more vulnerable and disadvantaged children through a variety of partnerships which identify young people who have a need for and would best benefit from boarding. The charity has been involved in helping local authorities to make boarding school placements.


Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation,
Buckingham Suite,
7 Grosvenor Gardens,
London SW1W 0BD

Chief Executive: Ian Davenport

Tel: 020 3405 3630