Our Criteria

Our Criteria

Criteria for applications for grants towards the cost of boarding fees at schools in England


For an illustration of our criteria in practice, please visit our
case studies page

Reedham Children's Trust is a charity which supports children whose families are unable to care for them as well as they might like, due to circumstances such as death, disability, and illness, who also have very limited financial resource. The main way in which the trust provides help to children is through financial assistance to obtain a place in a caring, nurturing residential school. We aim to build a strong face to face relationship with the families we help and provide ongoing support to ensure the child/young person gets the best from their school placement.

We fund on a shared basis with partner schools, with whom we have established a good relationship and have confidence in the quality of their provision. We DO NOT any longer make contributions to joint packages of funding with other educational trusts

The main criterion for eligibility is the inability of a family to care, with no other suitable care available, such that the child is unable to thrive. We provide help in circumstances such as:

  • Death or permanent absence of one or both parents
  • Severe and enduring mental, physical ill health or other disability of parent(s)
  • Neglect of child
  • Disability of a sibling of sufficient severity to be seriously prejudicial to the normal development of the child

In addition, the following must be met:

  • There is confirmation from an independent source(s) that the home circumstances are seriously prejudicial to the normal development of the child
  • There is insufficient income and/or assets to wholly pay for boarding
  • The child has a right to reside in the UK at the point of the grant being awarded and has recourse to public funds
  • The child/young person expresses a clear wish to board, and demonstrates that they are likely to respond well to a boarding environment

The Trust can only consider a child for whom the Local Authority has statutory duty eg where a Care Order or Child Protection Plan is in place, if the initial referral comes from the child's social worker.