Social Mobility

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Through our Social Mobility programme we provide opportunities for children from some of the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK.


We work with community and mentoring organisations and state-funded 11-16 years schools in 14 areas of high socio-economic deprivation and social immobility. Our partnerships work to ensure that the bursary opportunities form part of broader efforts to raise aspirations across whole communities.

‘The hope and pride provided by the bursary scheme has been one of the levers in change that has resulted in schools in the area becoming more successful and forward-looking. It benefits every student, not only those on the bursary, and the ‘ripple effect’ is palpable across the school.’

Sue Yates, Trustee of Hope Opportunity Trust and former Head Teacher of Blacon High School, Chester

Through this partnership model, together we:

  • identify children and young people most likely to benefit from the opportunities presented by a boarding school bursary

  • prepare pupils to thrive, with advice and support for children and their families and tailored programmes to help build confidence prior to placements starting

  • provide essential support for pupils throughout their school careers: liaising with families; monitoring pupils mental health, wellbeing and academic progress and working with boarding schools if issues arise; and staying in touch throughout the holidays to help ensure that pupils continue to feel supported as they transition between the ‘two worlds’.

  • continue to support SpringBoarders to overcome barriers that they face beyond the bursary through our Alumni programme 

  • encourage a ‘ripple-effect’ on aspirations across communities: providing opportunities for all SpringBoarders to act as mentors and role models who inspire others to work hard and aim high

'A strong partnership between the parent, school and community organisation, with the pupil at the centre, is key to successful placements.'

Ray Lewis, Chief Executive of Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA), Newham

Our partners in regions

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Hope Opportunity Trust

Hope Opportunity Trust


Tile Cross Academy

SieveMK Gateway

Clarion Education Foundation






Gladesmore Community School


Park View School




Southside Young
Leaders’ Academy (SYLA)

Eastside Young
Leaders’ Academy (EYLA)

Clavis Aditum

Kelmscott School

We work with community and mentoring organisations and state-funded schools in areas facing extreme socio-economic deprivation and social immobility.


Brighton: IntoUniversity

Birmingham: Washwood Heath MAT

Bristol: IntoUniversity

Chester: Hope Opportunity Trust

Leeds: IntoUniversity

Leicestershire: Clarion Education Foundation

Liverpool: Hope Opportunity Trust

Manchester: IntoUniversity

Milton Keynes: SieveMK Gateway

Nottingham: IntoUniversity

Oxford: IntoUniversity

Southampton: IntoUniversity

Stoke-on-Trent: Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent

Weston-super-Mare: IntoUniversity


Hackney: IntoUniversity

Hammersmith & Fulham: IntoUniversity

Haringey: Park View School

Islington: IntoUniversity

Newham: Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA)

North Kensington: IntoUniversity

Peckham: Southside Young Leaders’ Academy (SYLA)

Sutton/Croydon: Clavis Aditum

Tottenham: Gladesmore Community School

Walthamstow: Kelmscott School

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