About us

What we do

Royal SpringBoard is a charity giving life-transforming opportunities to disadvantaged and vulnerable children. These young people typically come from a background of social deprivation.

Some of our children have experienced parental death, abuse, or sibling/parent disability and are at the edge of care, others come from loving and supportive environments but have some measure of social deprivation. We also support Looked After Children through our work with local authorities.


mission & vision

Our mission is to improve and transform the lives of young, disadvantaged children by supporting their educational opportunities in both state and independent boarding schools. By doing this, we seek to improve their educational attainment, employability, and aspirations.

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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.