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Become a royal springboard pupil

We are determined to ensure that we provide the opportunity of a boarding school education to the most deserving children.

There are two different routes by which children or young people are referred to us for a boarding school placement: directly referred by families, and those who are referred by our partner organisations.

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We would love to support more children and young people, but we have don’t have the resources to help everyone. So we do a detailed assessment to work out whether the child/young person would merit a Royal SpringBoard bursary and thrive in a boarding environment.  

Do you qualify?

In our Direct Referral process we assess suitability for boarding placements by looking at a number of factors:

  • Low family income. If you are eligible for Free School Meals, then this is a good indicator that you could apply
  • Is there a lack of appropriate parental care? For example, due to the death of a parent, a severe illness or a disability, or a sibling who has a disability that affects the well-being of the rest of the family
  • All candidates must be British citizens or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Reviewing references from professionals who know your child well. This allows us to determine suitability for boarding, as boarding is not right for every child. We require the pupils we support to display resilience, open-mindedness, the ability to socialise and to have the desire to attend boarding school. We take time and care when reviewing every application we receive to ensure that the outcome is in the best interest of the child

In our Partner Referral process, we work with our network of partner organisations who identify pupils that would benefit from a boarding school bursary placement, and who support families to complete the application process.  A list of our partner organisations can be found on our Partner Organisations webpage.

… take the opportunity…I guarantee it will change your life for the better.

- Ryan, Royal SpringBoard alumnus

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We work hard to ensure that a boarding school environment is in the best interests of the child or young person.

A suitable pupil is likely to demonstrate:

  • A resilience to the challenges of a busy pace of life and increased workload
  • An open-mindedness and willingness to try new things
  • An ability to show empathy towards others and to make new friends

You do not need to be gifted academically; however, selected pupils are usually above the national average attainment level in maths and English.

We have a great understanding and knowledge of our boarding schools, so we take an active role in matching the pupils to the right school.

If you believe that your child would be suitable for a bursary and you meet the criteria, then please see Direct referral which explains the process further.