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Social mobility

“Education is a key driver of social mobility and reducing educational inequality is central to this goal”, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. We endorse this belief and our work aims to increase social mobility through education for disadvantaged children.  

Our pupils not only receive an education, but are instilled with an ambition to act as mentors and role models, to inspire their peers and help raise aspiration in their local communities, leading to the ‘ripple effect’ of increased social mobility.

In order to achieve this social mobility, we have developed our ‘Roots and Wings’ project. The title is taken from the quotation, “There are two gifts we can give our children: the first is roots and the second is wings” (anon).


To give our pupils strong ‘roots’, we have embraced the ‘Whole Child’ agenda, making sure that all the needs of a child are met.

We believe that by building the strongest pastoral environment for our pupils, who will be moving between very different community groups, real success will follow. We measure this by a pupil’s increased confidence, social interaction, ambition and excitement about the future.

We back up our pioneering pastoral support by a tracking system developed by the data organisation, STEER.

What I find most inspiring … is the number of kids who want to make a difference when they are in a position of power to make that difference. 

 - John Denny, Hope Opportunity Trust, Royal SpringBoard partner

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% of pupils who state that Royal SpringBoard bursaries have:

Changed their lives for the better


Opened up new opportunities


Increased career aspirations


* Please note that this is SpringBoard data captured from NFER Report.



Our aim is not just to give pupils a strong educational foundation, but to achieve a lifelong transformation. We continue monitoring a young person’s well-being up until they are 25 years old. For us, this is a long-term commitment.

The intention is for these children’s aspirations and opportunities to be raised so that they can lead successful adult lives.

We are developing work experience opportunities with corporate partners to continue supporting pupils after they have left school and to ensure good post-education opportunities.