The Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation has announced that it is forming a partnership with the government and leading independent schools, including Alleyn's, to deliver life-changing educational opportunities for vulnerable children.
Head of Alleyn's Jane Lunnon, who is a trustee of the foundation, said: "We are very excited to be selected as one of only a handful of schools in the country, to spearhead this pioneering project, with the Royal National SpringBoard Foundation. It is part-funded by the Department of Education and the aim of the project is to provide bursary places in outstanding independent day schools, for looked after or vulnerable children. This will be running as a pilot and we will be welcoming our first LAC bursary candidates from September 2022. If it is successful, the hope is that this could be rolled out and replicated more widely across the country and in that case, could provide an utterly transformative model for children in care in this country. As you can imagine, we take this opportunity and this responsibility very seriously and we feel genuinely honoured to have been selected to be part of it."
The project is an extension of an existing arrangement which allows children to move from care placements into full boarding. Now that day schools are included, many more young people will be able to benefit.
Ali Henderson, chief executive of the charity, said: “We know there is a real desire among day schools to support our efforts to improve the life chances of children in, and on the edge of, care and the events of the past year have made the need for action even more urgent.