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Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (Royal SpringBoard) 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).

RNCF was originally founded by Dr Andrew Reed in 1827, funded by a donation from the young Princess Victoria, who later became the charity’s first royal patron. With the money, he set up an orphanage for fatherless children. Over time, the charity evolved to support vulnerable children at a range of boarding and day schools across the UK.

SpringBoard was launched in 2012, inspired by the Arnold Foundation of Rugby School. The Arnold Foundation was created to help children from some of the UK’s most deprived communities attend Rugby School on full bursaries. The scheme was so successful that in 2012 there was a clear demand to roll out the model across other state and independent boarding schools. SpringBoard was born.

RNCF and SpringBoard are natural partners ... The combined resources of the two charities should really help us reach more vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

- Patron: HRH The Princess Royal

In 2017, the work of the two organisations was becoming increasingly aligned and the decision was made to merge, bringing together the long history of RNCF and the new ideas and expertise of SpringBoard.  

Continuing the royal association, HRH The Princess Royal, who was previously patron of RNCF, is now the patron of Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation (Royal SpringBoard).