About us

What we do

Royal SpringBoard is a charity providing disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people with the life-transforming opportunity of a fully funded boarding school education.

Since 2013 we have supported more than 700 children and young people that are either currently, or have been, looked after in the care system; vulnerable and on the 'edge of care' due to difficult home lives; or are from loving and supportive home environments, but have faced high levels of social deprivation.


OUR mission & vision

Our mission is to transform the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people by providing them with the opportunity to attend a state or independent boarding school. 

In doing so, our vision is to build a 'ripple effect' that starts to shift the aspirations and achievements of a growing number of children born into poverty, disadvantage and facing vulnerability. 

Read more


Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation is the UK’s largest boarding school bursary charity. Its creation is the result of the 2017 merger of two charities, Royal National Children's Foundation (RNCF) and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard).


senior staff

The charity’s Chief Executive is Ian Davenport. A bursary recipient himself, Ian worked in The City and then went on to teach in the boarding sector, becoming the Head Master of Blundell’s School. Ian is supported by a small team of education and social mobility professionals and a Fundraising Director, all of whom have many years of sector experience.



Royal SpringBoard has a very dedicated group of trustees from across a wide range of sectors, whose combined experience ensures the good governance of the charity.


advisory board

The charity’s advisory board includes a number of leading educational and political figures, as well as a number of Royal SpringBoard alumni, to ensure the voices of our pupils are represented throughout our work.