Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation

Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation is the UK’s biggest boarding school bursary charity providing life-transforming opportunities in state and independent boarding schools for children from disadvantaged circumstances. Our new website is currently under development, with the launch expected in the very near future.

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On 1 July 2017 the Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF) merged with The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation to create the Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (‘Royal SpringBoard’). 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, which was itself created through a charity merger, has supported thousands of children since its work originally began in 1827. 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boarding schools throughout the UK, the scheme had seen the transformation of young lives for good: children could be withdrawn from a challenging environment, and given the opportunity to receive pastoral care and individual attention in a safe and structured environment.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, inspired by Rugby School’s Arnold Foundation, was founded in 2012 with 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 has been doing so by arranging full bursaries for eligible children to attend state and independent boarding schools.

These “natural partners”, as described by our 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.

We exist to transform the lives of disadvantaged children through fully funded bursaries at state and independent boarding schools. Royal SpringBoard supports pupils which meet their eligibility criteria, i.e. those in need of boarding and those who would best benefit from boarding.  These children, their families, local authorities or schools either apply directly or are recommended through a number of community groups, or partners, with whom Royal SpringBoard has built close links. These pupils are placed in Royal SpringBoard accredited schools.  We value the diversity they offer, which mirrors that of our pupils.

All Royal SpringBoard Schools share our commitment to:

  • genuine pastoral care and support for children from disadvantaged circumstances;
  • increasing social mobility through widening access to boarding education; and
  • learning, adapting and sharing best practice.

We encourage our pupils to spread the benefit they have enjoyed, by passing on their experiences and raising aspirations within their home communities.

Ian Davenport – CEO
Ian Davenport was the founding Chief Executive of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation, and is the CEO of the newly merged RNCF/SpringBoard charity, Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (Royal SpringBoard).  The charity works with 70 accredited schools, and has helped 260 pupils to date – the aim is to have 1000 pupils in Royal SpringBoard accredited schools at any one time.  Prior to this, Ian was the Head Master of Blundell’s, a housemaster and Head of Department at Radley College and an Economics tutor at Oxford University and is a Fellow of another university.  He is a member of the Department for Education’s Advisory Board on educating vulnerable children in boarding schools.  He is also an adviser to ISC.  After graduating, he worked in The City for a number of years.  Currently he is a governor of four independent boarding schools, having previously been the Chair of Trustees at The Royal Academy for the Deaf.  In addition he sits on the Council of a state boarding school.

Kevin Parry – Chairman
Kevin Parry has been Chairman of the RNCF since August 2016. He has been a trustee of the charity since the mid-1990s; for nearly all of that time, he was Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Finance & Investment Committee.

Kevin is a non-executive director of Standard Life plc, Nationwide Building Society, Daily Mail & General Trust plc and Intermediate Capital Group PLC, where he is Chairman. Formerly he was a managing partner at KPMG, the chief financial officer of Schroders plc and served on the board of Knight Frank.  He is on the Court of the Chartered Accountants’ livery company.

Tim Bunting – Deputy Chairman
Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006).

Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity; and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Andrew Corbett
An Art History graduate, Andrew Corbett taught history in Prep Schools for 13 years prior to becoming a Headmaster, first of King’s College School, Cambridge, and then of Holmewood House School, Tunbridge Wells. He retired in 2010. Andrew is now a governor of two Independent Schools, St Michael’s, Jersey and Bede’s.

Douglas de Brûle
Douglas de Brûle is a graduate of Lancaster University in Politics and Economics and Chartered Accountant, with a career mainly in the City of London as a corporate banker and finance director. During this time he worked for Cooper’s & Lybrand , EMI, Midland Bank and Eagle Star. He became a Trustee of the Joint Educational Trust in 1995 and on its merger became a Trustee of RNCF. He is now Chairman of the Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee.

Patrick Derham
Patrick Derham has been Head Master of Westminster School since September 2014, after 13 years as Head Master of Rugby School.  After studying History at Cambridge he taught at Cheam and Radley before becoming Head Master of Solihull School in September 1996.

Ric Lewis
Ric is Chief Executive and Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, a London-based real estate investment management company with €8.0+Billion in AuM, specialising in investment strategies in all property types across the UK and continental Europe for select institutional and private investors.

Clive Marshall
Clive Marshall is Chief Executive of PA Group, parent company of the Press Association, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. Formerly Chief Executive of Australian Associated Press (AAP), Clive has held roles at several news and media companies around the world, including Canada’s CNW Group, Reed Elsevier Plc and Trinity Newspapers Limited.

Eraj Shirvani
Eraj is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets division, based in London. He is the global bank’s Global Head of Solutions, Head of Fixed Income for EMEA, and Global Head of the Emerging Markets. An RNCF Trustee since 2015, Eraj is a member of the RNCF’s Finance & Risk Management Committee

Helen Starkie LLB (Hons)
Helen was head of the Private Client Department and member of the board of management of a Top 100 Law Firm for many years before setting up her own award-winning practice, specialising in work for older and/or vulnerable clients and their families, in 2010. Today, Helen is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Advisory Council and represents the Law Society on the Senior Judges Court Users’ Committee at the Court of Protection. She acts as Chair for Dental Complaints Council hearings and was a governor of Warminster School before becoming a Trustee of the RNCF.

Patrick Smulders
Patrick is Managing Partner of Freshstream Capital.  He was previously Managing Director of TowerBrook. Prior to the formation of TowerBrook, Patrick was a Senior Managing Director at Soros Private Equity. Previously, he was a founding Partner and Managing Director at Doughty Hanson.

Robert Swannell
Robert was appointed a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer in October 2010 and became Chairman in January 2011. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.

William de Winton
After working at Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director, William joined Lansdowne Partners in 2004. He has run a fund focusing on financial equities since that time. Currently he sits on the firm’s management committee.

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

Tel: 020 3405 3630

Email: admin@royalspringboard.org.uk
Web: www.royalspringboard.org.uk

© King Edward’s School Witley

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal. The charity is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and is constituted as a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Charity No: 1167491 Company No: 10180187