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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - an alumni story

10/05/2021

Alumna, Shelby, explains why she undertook a career in mental health after leaving university, and provides some top tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing. 

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'Widening Access to Bursaries in the Context of COVID19' inaugural webinar

25/02/21

On Tuesday 23rd February we held our first webinar with extra special guests HRH The Princess Royal and BBC broadcaster, Mishal Husain.

 Ali Henderson, CEO, Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation, social mobility, widening access, life-changing opportunities

CEO update
December
2020

01/12/20

In her latest blog our CEO, Ali Henderson, takes stock of the role of bursaries in redressing the educational inequalities laid bare by COVID19.

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CEO Summer update

08/07/20

COVID19 has brought educational inequality into stark focus. How different the experiences of children across the UK have been: some have had every possible support from parents, friends, teachers; others are facing poverty, enforced care, instability and often unhappiness at home.

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Ali Henderson named as new CEO

17/12/19

In September 2019,  Ian Davenport decided that after seven years as CEO, he wished to step down in May 2020. After a rigorous process, the Trustees are delighted to announce that they have appointed Ali Henderson as the next Chief Executive.

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Ian Davenport stepping down

10/09/19

Ian Davenport, CEO of RNCSF, and founding CEO of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation, has decided to step down from Royal SpringBoard in May 2020.

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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?

 Ali Henderson, CEO, Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation, social mobility, widening access, life-changing opportunities

CEO Spring

update
2021

27/04/2021

In her latest update CEO, Ali Henderson, reflects on a rewarding and exciting last quarter for RNCSF as all pupils return to their boarding placements.

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Royal SpringBoard scheme gives private school places to pupils in care

05/02/21

The Times features our work to support care-experienced children through educational opportunities at some of the UK's leading schools.

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The power of transformational bursaries

20/11/20

Our CEO, Ali, spoke to Talk Education about the power of transformational bursaries and how we support deserving young people to achieve their best futures. 

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RNCSF and Equal Education team up to provide boarding school readiness programme for looked after children

03/07/20

With the help of local authorities, we have identified several care-experienced Year 11 students who are due to begin their fully-funded boarding school bursary placements in the Autumn term, for whom they are making available an online tutoring programme to be delivered by Equal Education.

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How boarding can overcome disadvantage

26/11/19

Disadvantaged pupils given the opportunity of a boarding school education have genuinely life-transforming opportunities, a new report shows.

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SpringBoarder presented with gold award by Carol Kirkwood at Buckingham Palace

24/05/19

Donnell Bowes, one of our first alumni, was presented his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by Carol Kirkwood at yesterday’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

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Doubling in boarding school bursaries for disadvantaged pupils

30/04/18

One thousand children from disadvantaged backgrounds will attend boarding school for free by 2023 under plans revealed by a charity today.

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Alumnus, Ryan Bromilow, writes for The Glenalmond Chronicle

05/03/21

Alumnus and current team member, Ryan Bromilow, writes about his experience as a SpringBoarder at Glenalmond College.

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Providing life-transforming opportunities for children in need

05/02/21

Government appoints RNCSF to deliver life-changing educational opportunities for vulnerable and care-experienced children.

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CEO update September
2020

15/09/20

Last week more than 100 of our accredited schools opened their doors to welcome back their pupils, including 420 SpringBoarders.

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Ali Henderson takes charity forward

01/03/20

Ali Henderson has taken over the role of CEO at Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation, after Ian Davenport, the founding CEO, stepped down at the end of February. 

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Can boarding schools really improve the life chances of disadvantaged children?

11/11/19

To read the article, please click read more.

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New Chairman for Royal SpringBoard

16/04/19

Robert Swannell CBE has become the new Chair of Trustees, replacing Kevin Parry OBE, who will remain on the Board for the remainder of the year.