The Senior School offers means-tested bursaries to children who might flourish here, but whose financial circumstances may not allow them to meet the full school fees. The number of bursary recipients at Alleyn’s has nearly doubled over the past six years.

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 over 90% of the fees.

In 2020-21 specifically, the Senior School awarded 105 means-tested bursaries to pupils; of which 64 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 Bursar and Director of Finance 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 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; you can view that here

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.

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

In January 2019, the School launched its campaign to extend dramatically our means-tested bursary provision from 10% to 20% of pupils, widening access to Alleyn’s for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. The first recipient of the Founder's Bursary joined Alleyn's in September 2020, and fundraising has continued since then towards this cause.

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. You can find out more about that here


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)
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Visit the Support Us pages to learn more about supporting our fundraising for bursaries and to read individual stories.

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) 
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Above: We Do It For Dulwich animation from The Dulwich Estate