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School Fees Programme

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Our School Fees Programme transforms the lives of very vulnerable children. The young people we help have significant health, emotional, social or family difficulties. By meeting their needs through a supportive and stable secondary education we aim to give them the best possible opportunity to thrive. By funding places within a UK boarding or independent day school we offer these children a potentially life changing experience.

Applications for support with boarding fees are considered where there is a strong case as to why a young person cannot, or should not, stay in the home with a parent/carer.

Applications for support with day fees are considered where the state education system has been unable to meet the young person’s needs, and there is no alternative state school.

We can help children and young people who are aged between 11 and 18, who are either:

  • Adopted;
  • Cared for by grandparents, relatives or friends;
  • From single parent families;
  • With two carers, where one is very severely incapacitated through illness or disability.

We are unable to help where:

  • There is a reasonable possibility that the needs of the young person can be met within the state day system, perhaps through a change of school;
  • A school has been chosen for a particular type of education, such as sport, drama or music;
  • The sole grounds of the application are that the child or young person has a learning or developmental difficulty for which special facilities may be available at a fee paying school;
  • The young person is in Local Authority Care, or where there is any other clear statutory responsibility;
  • The young person does not have settled immigration status in the UK;
  • The young person lives or normally resides outside of the UK.

Jolene’s Story

Jolene’s mum was drug dependent and unable to take care of her. Her dad died many years ago. Her Social Worker thought it was likely Jolene would go into care. Jolene’s grandfather said he would like to look after her, but he was having treatment for cancer and was going back and forth to hospital. By helping to fund a place at a state boarding school Jolene did not go into care, could stay with her grandfather whenever possible, and is flourishing in her new school.

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School Fees Programme

How to Apply

To apply please write to us, explaining how you meet the criteria. It is essential you include your postal address.

Please make it clear if you are applying for the current school year or for 2014/15.

It is important for us to understand what the current and significant health, emotional, social or family difficulties are, such that a child cannot attend a state day school.

Once we have your outline we will contact you to let you know if we are able to send you an application form.  

Please see the Educational Trusts' Forum website for details of other charities that may be able to assist with school fees.

How we Help

Ollie's Grandma became ill and could no longer care for him. Read his story to hear how Buttle UK helped.