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I am smart – I’m not a charity case

10/04/18

Does sending disadvantaged children to expensive boarding schools help them? Andrew Billen meets students who’ve taken part in an experimental scheme.

Last autumn Kioni, aged 17, was plucked from an inner-city London comprehensive by the Royal National SpringBoard Children’s Foundation to board free at Epsom College in Surrey. She is loving it, but, boy, is it different.

We believe that identifying students who are likely to thrive in today’s pastorally nurturing, boarding school environments, offers opportunity, regardless of means, to those with the drive and determination to fulfill their potential.

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