The SpringBoard
Bursary Foundation

SpringBoard*** was inspired by The Arnold Foundation for Rugby School. Established in 2003, the Arnold  ambition was to transform the lives of children from some of the country’s most deprived communities by offering full bursaries to attend Rugby School. A measure of the achievement of the Arnold Foundation is that almost 10% of the pupils at Rugby now benefit from full bursaries, with nearly half of those pupils boarding.

SpringBoard was founded in 2012 in order to:

in particular (but without limitation) by providing and enabling access to education at independent and maintained boarding schools through the provision of means-tested bursaries, other financial assistance, advice and other forms of support and by promoting standards in the provision of education and pastoral care at such schools.

SpringBoard currently supports some 300 vulnerable young people at boarding schools throughout the UK. 

In its first five years, SpringBoard has placed 12 looked after children at five boarding schools at the instigation of five local authorities: East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, and Suffolk.  


On July 1, 2017, the Royal National Children's Foundation merged with The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation to create a single charity, the Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation. The enlarged charity currently supports almost 700 vulnerable young people at boarding school. It intends to expand this to at least 1,000 'assisted boarders' during the next 3-5 years. The Patron of the new, combined charity is HRH The Princess Royal. The Chief Executive is Ian Davenport, a former boarding school head, who has been leading SpringBoard since its launch in 2012. See also Royal National Children's Foundation.

Further information: Ian Davenport, Chief Executive. 

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

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