Alleyn’s School is a 4-18 co-educational, independent day school in Dulwich, London, England.

Help with Fees

A very high proportion (around two thirds) of the bursaries awarded by Alleyn’s are fully funded and 86% of our bursaries are above 75% of the fees. The average means-tested funding is for 85% of the fees.

In 2022-23 specifically, the Senior School awarded 107 means-tested bursaries to pupils; of over 60 are fully funded meaning that families do not pay anything towards the fees. This accounts for just under 10% of the Senior School cohort.

The School also provides financial assistance for uniform, travel, school meals, funding for IT devices and other incidental expenses to support the education of our bursary holders.

Alleyn’s offers the bursaries as part of its standard admissions process each year for pupils joining in Years 7 and 12. The means assessment is rigorous, and families are asked to provide detailed financial information, which is reviewed during the admissions process.

An important element of the process includes the Chief Financial Officer and a member of her team meeting bursary applicants at their homes or at school on the day of the interview. This ensures families can find out more about the School and how we help and support bursary pupils in their move to Alleyn's.

Alleyn’s is grateful to The Dulwich Estate for its annual income distribution which assists the funding of the School’s commitment to means-tested bursaries and public benefit: during 2020-21 it enabled the School to fund 90 of the 105 bursaries provided in the Senior School. Earlier in 2022 The Dulwich Estate shared a short animation explaining its role in the area and relationship with various schools.

Alleyn’s is also grateful to The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, which helps to fund a number of bursaries each year.

Additionally, the School is indebted to other benefactors who have contributed funds invested for bursaries. These bursary funds include the WJ Smith Trust and donations from former pupils and parents to enhance bursary provision at the School. These donations have been separately invested to generate income providing bursaries for the long term. The WJ Smith Trust was established by ballet composer John ‘Jack’ Lanchbery, an alumnus of the School, in memory of his music teacher; it provides nine bursaries and several exhibitions.


The Royal Springboard Scheme

In 2021 we announced that Alleyn's would join a Royal Springboard Scheme to help provide some looked after or vulnerable children with access to an independent school education.


My gift to Alleyn's

I decided to give from a place of pure gratitude for all the musical support and lessons that I had received...and wanting to make that a possibility for future children at the School.

Jessica, donor and alumna (Cribb's 2004-11)