Buttle School Fees Programme

Status: Open to Applications


The Trust's School Fee Support Scheme helps vulnerable children (aged between 11 and 18) with medical, emotional, or social difficulties, and those with precarious home lives, by providing a more supportive Secondary Education

Value Notes

Help is available for fees at a UK boarding or independent day school

Extended Description

The Trust was created in 1937 by Frank Buttle, a social visionary who founded the National Adoption Society during World War 1, at a time when baby farming or abandonment was the usual solution to the problem of unwanted or illegitimate children.

Buttle UK was established to ensure that children and young people in desperate need are given a brighter future. This is achieved through a range of grant programmes that are designed to provide vulnerable individual children and families the support they need to overcome immediate crisis, or ensure the best possible opportunity for a successful education.

Latest Information

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

Support is available for children and young people in the UK 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.

Eligible Expenditure

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.


Funding is not available when:

  • 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.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing and can be submitted by email or post. The application should include information on what the current and significant health, emotional, social or family difficulties are, such that the child cannot attend a state day school.

If the Trust decides that there is a reasonable chance that it may be able to offer support the applicant will be asked to complete a form.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
England Office Buttle UK
Audley House
13 Palace Street
Telephone:020 7828 7311