Pupil Support Fund
The Pupil Support Fund (PSF) was established in 2002 as a mechanism to assist families already at the School, either to pay fees on a short-term basis (i.e. a ‘hardship' fund to meet the school fees during unexpected and finite periods of financial difficulty), or to help finance co-curricular activities such as school trips, musical instruments, sports equipment and so forth.
Any family may apply for PSF support (not just those in receipt of full or partial bursaries); but the applications are rigorously means-tested and, historically, the majority of awards are made to families already in receipt of some bursarial assistance.
Monies for the PSF are generously raised by the Alleyn's Association (by existing parents, for existing parents), through well-organised and well-supported activities like the annual Holly Fair and Parents' Quiz.
The PSF is administered by the Alleyn Benevolent Fund (ABF), whose independent trustees also administer monies raised by the Edward Alleyn Club (for Alleyn's Old Boys and Girls), and other generous donors, which additionally fund two Sixth Form bursaries. The trustees of the ABF meet every term and hear a report from the Bursar about applications made, small grants awarded on the trustees' behalf, and larger applications which the trustees consider directly.
Applications are made to the Headmaster, via the Bursar, on a form available from the Bursary. This form asks for details of the nature of assistance the family is seeking, as well as details of their current financial status.
Upon receipt of an application, the Bursar will request a confidential reference from the relevant Section Head (who might in turn consult the Housemaster or Form Tutor where appropriate), before sending the documentation to the Headmaster to consider. The Headmaster and Bursar then meet to discuss and, on behalf of the ABF trustees, determine the majority of the awards made. Higher value awards are considered by the trustees directly at their termly meetings.
Not all applications are successful. Approximately 50 applications are made each year, with perhaps half of these awarded, either in whole or in part.
Examples of awards made include:
- Short-term fee support (but those in need of longer term or systemic fee support will ordinarily be invited to make a bursary application)
- Uniform grants
- Transport costs
- Musical instruments
- Overseas school trips
- DofE or CCF expeditions
The entire process is completely anonymous, and applications are welcomed.