Southwark, United Kingdom
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.
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 and we are very 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 with a sense of confidence, mutual respect and social responsibility.
We greatly value our committed and hard-working staff, whose dedication makes possible the achievements of our pupils.
Alleyn’s is a happy and successful co-educational and academically selective independent London day school.
As we look forward in the twenty-first century, we reaffirm our commitment to the following:
· Nurturing holistic excellence for all, developing curiosity, reflection, determination, independence and a lifelong love of learning;
· Promoting well-being in a kind, caring and safe environment where every individual can flourish;
· Offering opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop skills, insight, empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork;
· Valuing diversity in welcoming to the Alleyn’s community people of different backgrounds and beliefs;
· Building positive local, national and international partnerships and providing opportunities for our pupils and staff to make a difference;
· Cherishing our community of pupils, parents, staff and alumni, and honouring our continuing commitment to Edward Alleyn’s charitable foundation of ‘God’s Gift’.
The School's Place in Dulwich
Alleyn’s is one of three independent Dulwich Senior Schools, the other two being Dulwich College, a boys’ school, and James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS), each of which has its own linked junior school.
The schools of the Dulwich Foundation educate over 4,000 pupils drawn from a wide catchment area, extending from Wimbledon in the southwest to Bromley in the south and Blackheath in the southeast, with more and more pupils also coming from north of the Thames. The Schools jointly run a coach service, taking pupils to and from most parts of the catchment area.
Although entirely independent of one another, the three Dulwich Schools are part of the wider Dulwich Foundation, which includes the Dulwich Estate, the Chapel, an almshouse and four schools outside Dulwich.
The Foundation dates back to 1619, and a bequest from Edward Alleyn, the actor-manager and contemporary of Shakespeare, who left his land in Dulwich and founded Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift in 1619 ‘for the education of twelve poor scholars’.
We moved to our own 30-acre site on Townley Road in 1887 and, in 1976, were one of the first independent schools to go fully co-educational.
Alleyn’s is committed to sharing its facilities with the local community and has established a standing committee to oversee the use of its premises for the community as a whole.
Boys and girls at Alleyn’s genuinely enjoy learning together and this is a very happy school. Our pupils are encouraged to appreciate each other’s achievements and contributions and it is wonderful 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 1,087 pupils in the Senior School, of whom 314 are in the Upper School (Sixth Form).
Our main intake to the Senior School is at 11+ and there are further new places at 16+. We have six year 7 classes of around 26 children, with smaller classes common at GCSE. Upper School teaching sets are not larger than 14 and are usually sized 8-12.
We are dedicated to achieving educational excellence through inclusion, and a wide range of means-tested bursaries and scholarships supports this goal. They allow us to offer places to those pupils most able to benefit from an Alleyn’s education, irrespective of financial means.
At the moment we provide means-tested bursary assistance to just over 10% of our pupils, meaning one in ten of our pupils are able to attend Alleyn’s who would otherwise not be able to. Our goal is to double this in the coming years.
We have a proud record of outstanding exam results, regularly ranked in the top 20 independent schools.
In the 4 years before the last two atypical years (2020/21), on average 35% of grades at A Level have been A*, 73% have been A* or A and 91% have been A*, A or B. The majority of our boys and girls progress to their first-choice courses at UK and overseas universities and specialist centres of learning.
At GCSE, 70% of grades awarded have been either A* or 9/8, 90% of grades either A*/A or 9, 8 or 7, and 98% A*-B or 9-6. The vast majority of pupils join the Sixth Form at Alleyn’s and study A levels here.
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 & Games, Physics, Religious Studies, our own Discovering Languages course and our Alleyn’s Learners’ Programme (ALP).
These subjects continue in Year 8 where there is some setting in Maths and pupils continue with two modern languages chosen from Spanish, French and German.
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 3 or 4 subjects in Year 12 in addition to PSCHE and Enrichment and the EPQ is also available as a Sixth Form option.
Every teacher is issued with a Surface Pro device to support them in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.
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 developed a bespoke integrated course, the Alleyn’s Learners’ Programme, 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 will 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.
Pupils have the same Tutor for their time in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) under the care of the Head of 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; Head of Middle School (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Head of Upper School (Years 12 and 13).
Our weekly PSCHE period affords a regular space within the curriculum for every pupil to develop the essential personal, social and critical-thinking skills they need to successfully and safely navigate their worlds.
Each House supports a charity, and team games, music, debating and other inter-house competitions are also organised through the house system.
The School has its own Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain, a dedicated team of nurses and there are qualified counsellors available to pupils.
Alleyn’s offers a wide range of co-curricular activities to complement the academic curriculum and provide pupils with experiences and opportunities beyond the formal classroom. These are an integral and essential part of an all-round holistic education, where we recognise that individuals flourish in a supportive environment in which all their abilities and talents are acknowledged and encouraged. 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.
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 great number of clubs, societies and other activities.
Alleyn’s Sports Department 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 sports, and practices for every sport are open to all pupils. Over the course of a year well over three-quarters of the pupils in the School will have taken part in some competitive sport.
Our pupils also fully engage with our many Outreach opportunities. We continue to actively engage with a number of local schools and community groups including sharing facilities with them. In addition to these areas of our partnership work we work closely with Southwark Community Education Council, Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership, multiple charities local and global partnerships, the Alms House (as part of The Foundation) and London Academy of Excellence Tottenham.
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 main productions each year, with additional pupil-led Bearpit productions. In Dance there are several different groups rehearsing weekly, and an annual Dance Show takes place in the school theatre.
The School has approximately 30 acres of grounds with extensive playing fields.
There is a high-quality floodlit, sand-dressed astroturf, a new multi-use games area, a sports hall, floodlit all-weather netball courts, a cinder running track and strength, conditioning studios and a 25m, 6-lane pool with a viewing gallery and Olympic touch timing systems.
The Edward Alleyn Building provides a theatre and additional facilities for teaching, pastoral care and the performing arts.
In recent years we have seen a new wing added to the Science building, 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. High speed WiFi is provided across the site and most classrooms are equipped with CleverTouch screens.
We operate a ‘bring your own device’ (BOYD) scheme for all pupils, however during school day, we do have a ‘no mobile phone’ policy in place for pupils below sixth form.
Commitment to Safeguarding
We are fully committed to providing a safe environment for children, staff and visitors. We promote a climate where anyone in the community can freely share their concerns about themselves, or others, in terms of individual safety and well-being.
We protect the interests of the children at Alleyn’s through awareness among all members of staff of the kinds of issues of abuse, maltreatment and neglect that would impair a pupil’s health or development. In this way, Alleyn’s supports its pupils’ development in ways that foster security, confidence and independence.
We provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and know how to approach adults if they or those whom they know are in difficulties, with the assurance that they will be listened to.
Everyone in the staff community at Alleyn’s takes responsibility for safeguarding, and we always aim to act in the best interests of the child.