Alleyn’s is deeply committed to providing public benefit. The School offers means-tested bursaries to academically gifted candidates whose family financial circumstances would not allow the parents to meet the full school fees.

In 2018-19, the School has awarded 100 means-tested bursaries to pupils; 66 of these bursaries were fully funded which means the parents do not pay anything towards the fees. The number of these means-tested bursaries at Alleyn’s has more than doubled over the past fifteen years.

Number of Alleyn's means-tested bursaries 18-19

Alleyn’s offers bursaries during its admissions process each year. These bursaries are offered to 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 Bursar and his team meeting bursary applicants at their homes; this ensures families can find out more about the School and how we help and support bursary pupils in their move to secondary school, just like all the other boys and girls who join Alleyn’s each year.

In contrast to many other similar independent schools, a very high proportion (66%) of the bursaries awarded by Alleyn’s are fully funded; this will either be a full bursary or a combination of a bursary and a scholarship to a total of 100% of the fees and 83% of Alleyn's bursaries are above 75%. The School also provides financial assistance for uniform, travel, school meals and other incidental expenses to support the education of these pupils.

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 2018-19 it enables the School to fund 88 bursaries to local children.

Alleyn’s is also grateful to The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, which helps to fund a number of scholarships and 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 bursaries and exhibitions which enable pupils to pursue a course of musical study.

Alleyn's 400th Anniversary Campaign: Growing Bursaries for the Future

On Friday 18 January 2019, coinciding with our Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at Westminster Abbey, we launch a new campaign to extend dramatically our bursary provision for girls and boys, widening access to Alleyn’s School for those who would not otherwise be able to attend.

The campaign seeks to raise funds for a new Founder’s Endowment Fund to provide significant means-tested bursary provision for 20% of students, increasing from the current 10%.


My family could in no way have afforded the fees for my education at Alleyn’s. By winning a scholarship my life was completely changed and my future wouldn’t have been assured or as interesting had I not been given that extra chance.Alan, donor and alumnus (Tyson's) 

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, Campaign Ambassador, donor and alumna (Cribb's 2004-11)
Read more    

Visit the Advancing Alleyn's pages of our Alumni & Development section to learn more about supporting our fundraising for bursaries and to read individual stories.