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Creation of the UK’s biggest boarding school bursary charity
The Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF) and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard) are to merge and form the UK’s leading boarding school bursary charity.
HRH The Princess Royal - who was previously Patron of the RNCF - will act as Patron of the new charity, which will launch next month (July). As a result of the merger, more than 600 disadvantaged children will be able to attend UK boarding schools from September.
There, they will be given the opportunity to ful l their true academic and personal potential.
The move unites two charities
with exceptional experience of transforming children’s lives
by enabling their education at boarding school. 2015 research
by the RNCF showed that 94%
of vulnerable children supported
by the charity completed their boarding-school education and went on to lead full and safe lives. Similarly, the work of SpringBoard was praised in a November 2016 report by the in uential National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which highlighted that 96% of children supported
by SpringBoard complete their
boarding-school education.
Kevin Parry, Chairman of the new charity and current Chairman
of the RNCF, said: “The merger of the Royal National Children’s Foundation and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation will create the UK’s biggest charity provider of boarding school bursaries and will enable more children than ever before to access the life- changing opportunities provided by boarding.
“The creation of the new
charity will allow us to increase awareness and support for our work with children who have been deeply disadvantaged, either by a lack of good fortune or by extremely dif cult home environments. The merger also provides scope to streamline the two charities’ existing processes, to maximise the ef ciency
and impact of our charitable spending.”
Ian Davenport, Chief Executive of the new charity and current Chief Executive of SpringBoard, said: “With bursary school charities facing a record demand for the support they offer, the new charity will focus on building
on the great work of the Royal National Children’s Foundation and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation. The aim is to
increase the number of children currently supported by RNCF and SpringBoard, taking the  gure from 600 to 1,500 within the next  ve years. In doing so, the new charity will transform many lives and ful l the boarding sector’s ambition to play a leading role in enabling social mobility.”
HRH The Princess Royal said: “I endorse the merger of the Royal National Children’s Foundation and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation and am delighted to be the patron of the merged Charity.”
The new charity will continue to support the nearly 400 vulnerable children previously supported
by the RNCF and the nearly 200
disadvantaged children previously supported by SpringBoard. The charity’s Board of Trustees will comprise six former Trustees of the RNCF and six former Trustees of SpringBoard. Tim Bunting, the former Chairman of SpringBoard, will be the new charity’s Deputy Chairman.
The RNCF has a heritage
dating back to 1827, when
the charity’s work was begun
by Dr Andrew Reed. The new charity will build on the work of such organisations as the Royal Wanstead Children’s Foundation, the Joint Education Trust (the RNCF’s forebears) and the Arnold Foundation (SpringBoard’s forebear).
Pictured (l to r): Ian Davenport, CEO of the new charity, Acting CEO RNCF, CEO The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation; HRH The Princess Royal; Kevin Parry, Chairman of the new charity, current Chairman of RNCF
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This term has seen the second annual Imperial College STEM Challenge take place at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, further cementing the links between the two organisations.
Imperial College uses STEM facilities at Oundle School as a regional hub for the East Midlands area. This is the  rst hub school for Imperial College outside of London and the South East and it is already acting as conduit for potential new links between Imperial College and local state schools in the area.
This year,  fty Year 7 and 8 pupils from seven local schools participated, with an emphasis on aerodynamics and F1 car design.
Chemistry teacher and Sanderson Fellow, Dr James Bessent commented, “The day started with a lesson on aerodynamics by Scott Marley, followed by the design of paper aeroplanes which were  own in the Laxton Long Room. After lunch the pupils spent an afternoon designing and building a ‘F1 for schools prototype’ in the Patrick Engineering Centre before testing it on the School drag strip.”

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