'SpringBoard' to Success for Tia

Life changing opportunity has led to a place at university to read International Relations and Politics for Tia

Tia Jeremiah-Green joined the Royal Hospital School as a boarder in the sixth form from her maintained school in East London. With her success at A level she has secured a place to study International Relations and Politics at De Montfort University in September.

Tia is the Royal Hospital School’s first ‘SpringBoard’ pupil. Her application was supported by Eastside Young Leader’s Academy (EYLA) which exists to nurture and develop leadership potential. The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation was established in 2012 to assist with the funding of boarding places for disadvantaged pupils who would be benefit from a boarding education but whose parents cannot afford the fees. Ian Davenport, CEO of the SpringBoard Foundation explains, “The Foundation works closely with schools and partners such as Eastside Young Leader’s Academy to provide life-changing opportunities”.

The Royal Hospital School was one the first boarding schools in the UK to be accredited by SpringBoard and from September 2016 twelve pupils ranging from 11 to 18 years will benefit from a one of these bursary places.

Ian Davenport said of Tia’s success “Outstanding HMC boarding schools like the Royal Hospital School provide excellent pastoral care and academic support in which young people with potential can thrive and exceed all expectations. We are so grateful for the wonderful support provided for Tia; I believe that this has been a truly life-transforming experience for her”.

Ann Collard, Project Manager for EYLA, reinforced this sentiment by saying “Tia and RHS were a perfect match.Tia felt truly welcome at RHS from her first day in September 2014. She immediately threw herself into boarding school life seizing every opportunity and developing a strong work ethic. We have watched her mature into an ambitious yet gracious young woman and now she is over the moon with the recent confirmation of a place at her first choice university. We look forward to watching her progress through her higher education into the world of work. She has been a positive role model and mentor to the younger girls in her community and will be a strong ambassador for RHS, EYLA and SpringBoard. Tia, her family and EYLA are grateful to RHS and SpringBoard for this life changing journey”.