Alleyn's School

Southwark, United Kingdom

Location: Southwark, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 18 years

About Alleyn's School

Alleyn’s is one of the country’s leading co-educational independent day schools, committed to developing excellence within an ethos of strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curriculum. Our holistic approach aims to nurture every pupil, enabling them to develop their potential while making friendships and enjoying life to the full.

Tracing our roots back to Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift, founded in 1619, we moved to our own 30-acre site on Townley Road in 1887 and were one of the first such schools to go fully co-educational, back in 1976.

We believe that learning together in a supportive environment provides the best framework for boys and girls to excel at school, to discover new ideas, skills and enthusiasms and to prepare for university and the multi-gendered world of work and life in general. Links with local and overseas schools, universities and charities provide further opportunities to enrich that learning in different contexts and to make new and lasting friends.

Our community is warm, caring and inclusive. We are able to offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to support boys and girls most able to benefit from an Alleyn’s education, irrespective of financial means.

We are proud of our pupils, who leave us with excellent examination results, places at some of the world’s top universities and specialist centres of higher education, and also with a sense of confidence, mutual respect and social responsibility.

We also greatly value our committed and hard-working staff, whose dedication makes possible the achievements of our pupils.

Boys and girls at Alleyn’s genuinely enjoy and appreciate each other’s achievements and contributions and it is satisfying to see them grow in confidence as our co-ed community offers them a fabulous variety of ways to develop skills and cement lifelong friendships.

The Junior School is a member of IAPS, with pupils aged from 4 to 11. The Senior School is an HMC school with pupils aged from 11 to 18. This year there are just over 1,000 pupils in the Senior School, of whom 309 are in the Upper School (Sixth Form). Our main intake to the Senior School is at 11+ and there are further new places at 13+ and at 16+. We currently have six year 7 classes of around 24 children, with smaller classes common at GCSE. Upper School teaching sets are never larger than 14 and are usually sized 8-12.

Exam Results

At Alleyn’s we have a proud record of outstanding examination results and in 2018 our pupils continued that tradition. At A level, 91% of grades were A*, A or B, and 74% were A* or A grades. 36% were A*. Nearly 60% of our students achieved at least 3 A* or A grades and there was a 100% pass rate.

At GCSE, 73% of grades were A*, 9 or 8, 92% were A* or A, 9, 8 or 7, and 99% were A*, A or B, 9, 8, 7 or 6. 52 students gained 10 or more A*s (9 or 8) and 67% achieved all A*s or As (9, 8 or 7).


The School has approximately 30 acres of grounds with extensive playing fields. There is a recently resurfaced sand-dressed Astroturf, a Sports Hall, all-weather netball courts, a cinder running track and a new strength and conditioning studio. The Edward Alleyn Building provides a theatre and additional facilities for teaching, pastoral care and the performing arts. In recent years the swimming pool has undergone a significant redevelopment and in 2016 a major project saw a new wing added to the Science building. In February 2018 we opened our brand new Lower School which comprises 12 state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar rooms, a flexi space and large atrium space. An ongoing major capital programme includes future plans for additional facilities in the Junior School, Library, Archive and Sixth Form centre as well as a new Dining Hall.

The library is very well stocked and well used and individual Departments are all extremely well resourced. Networked computers are available throughout the school, with broadband internet access and WiFi across the site.


There is a common curriculum in Year 7. Subjects taught include Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, Dance, Drama, English, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, PE, Physics, Religious Studies, our own Discovering Languages course and our Alleyn’s Learners’ Programme. These subjects continue in Year 8 where there is some setting in Maths and pupils continue with two modern languages. There is a wide choice of subject options in Years 10 and 11. The current GCSE curriculum includes English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language and the three Sciences (the vast majority do the Triple Award) alongside a wide choice of options available to all students. The Sixth Form options system offers immense choice and flexibility. All pupils currently take 4 subjects in Year 12 and 3 or 4 subjects in Year 13 in addition to PSCHE and Enrichment. The EPQ is also available as a Sixth Form option. 

Pastoral system

Pupils have the same Tutor for their time in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) under the care of the Head of the Lower School. In Year 9, they move to the Middle School where they join one of eight houses. The eight Heads of House are responsible for pastoral welfare from Years 9 to 13 in conjunction with the two Assistant Heads responsible for these years. Team games, music, debating and other inter-house competitions are organised through the House System.

The School has its own Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain and there are also two qualified counsellors available to pupils.

All members of the teaching staff are expected to play a full part in both the enrichment activities within their own department and the school co-curriculum more broadly.

Academic Enrichment

We are committed to academic enrichment, both inside and outside the classroom, providing opportunities for pupils to learn new things, extend their horizons and develop a lifelong love of learning and a keen appreciation of the life of the mind. To this end, we have introduced an integrated course in meta-cognition at Key Stage 3, increased the number and quality of visiting speakers coming into school and created new opportunities for pupils to develop their ideas in extended project work. We shall continue to extend this work over the coming years, providing intellectual stretch, challenge and enrichment for the entire Alleyn’s community without compromising the co-educational warmth and co-curricular balance which makes us the successful and happy school that we are and wish to remain.


Alleyn’s Sport offers opportunities at all levels. The PE/Games curriculum throughout the School is varied, encompassing a wide variety of team games and individual sports. School teams run in a large number of major and minor sports. We encourage pupils to represent the School at one or more sports at any age group, so that during the course of a year well over three-quarters of the pupils in the School will have taken part in competitive sport.

In Music there are over thirty performing groups including orchestras, choirs, wind bands, a jazz band and numerous chamber groups. In Drama there are usually three or four main productions each year, with additional pupil-led Bearpit productions. Drama clubs are offered.

The vast majority of pupils join the CCF, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme or the Volunteering programme in Year 10. In addition there is a very wide range of clubs, societies and other activities.

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Address: Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8557 1500
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