Alleyn's is foremost a selective, co-educational school and we attract families and children with diverse talents and interests which need to be met. So, we aim to create an environment for each child to achieve their best academic progress by developing the children's sense of confidence. To this end we offer small class sizes in a well-structured school where teachers work towards creating a calm but vibrant atmosphere, so that high levels of participation are possible for all children.
About the school
Diverse interests and talents need to be nurtured outside the classroom too. So, there are a wealth of co-curricular opportunities for pupils to develop their individual gifts and talents. We have a large number of voluntary clubs each term, and it is through the personal interest and commitment that the children show in these clubs that we make up our sport teams and music groups (amongst other things). The children develop a great sense of purpose and confidence in their ability to participate. It really works!
Bright children with bright futures need to have opportunities to develop a sense of team spirit and to take individual responsibility for themselves and for others. The school's pastoral care programme is supported by a strong house system that extends from Reception (4 year olds) all the way through school to Year 6, and then on into the Senior School too. Our children love their school very much and this is because the relationships they have with each other, as well as with their teachers, are unifying.
Alleyn's has a wonderful history and must continually balance its historic values with the demands of a changing society. The school was founded by Edward Alleyn in 1619, arguably the most famous Shakespearean actor of the Elizabethan age. From its origins, Alleyn's has continued to create a school where children and teachers respect each other in a friendly, safe and happy environment. In doing this we lay the foundations for future personal then academic success.
The Senior School offers means-tested financial assistance for children whose families may not otherwise be able to afford an Alleyn's education, as well as a registration fee waiver for those who qualify for the Pupil Premium
The registration period for potential admission into both the Senior School and Junior School in September 2020 is now closed. Registration for September 2021 will open on 1 September 2020.
The Economics Society at Alleyn’s was delighted to welcome Martin Cox, Director of the John Locke Institute, to deliver a virtual lunchtime talk last week.
5th October 2020 — The Economics Society at Alleyn’s was delighted to welcome Martin Cox, Director of the John Locke Institute, to deliver a virtual lunchtime talk last week.
Speaking via Teams to students across the year groups socially distanced in locations around the school, Martin’s talk considered the solution to poverty. Entitled ‘How to End Poverty’, Martin asked whether how we spend our money is more critical than how much we spend, and explored challenges including that of connecting low-income economies to global markets.
Head of Economics at Alleyn’s, Andrew Robertson, said, “We are incredibly grateful to Martin for sharing his time and delivering a stimulating talk that touched on so many fascinating areas including international aid, free trade and the reform of institutions. It was wonderful to be joined by so many partner schools and to hear lots of thoughtful questions from the students challenging the free market position.”
The talk was organised in conjunction with the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), a unique collaboration of independent and state schools based in and around the London Borough of Southwark.
Around 200 students from SSLP schools attended the virtual talk, including from Charter North Dulwich, St Thomas the Apostle College, JAGS, St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, the Elmgreen School and the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (of which Alleyn’s is a supporter). Partner schools who were unable to attend at the time will access a recording of the talk.
The partner schools commit to sharing ideas, resources and facilities and to learning from each other as equal partners. Each academic year Alleyn’s hosts a range of events as part of its SSLP membership.
The John Locke Institute is an independent educational organisation named in honour of the seventeenth century Oxford philosopher. It works to embolden students ‘to become more academically ambitious and more intellectually adventurous’.
ALLEYN'S NEW HEAD NOMINATED 'BEST HEAD OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL'
Jane Lunnon has been nominated ‘Best Head of a Public School’ by Tatler.
2nd October 2020 — Alleyn’s is delighted that our first female Head, who will join Alleyn's in January 2021, has been nominated for the Best Head of the Year award by Tatler.
Jane, currently Head of Wimbledon High School, comes with an impressive track record. Educated at North London Collegiate School and the University of Bristol, Jane worked in marketing and research before moving into teaching, which she describes as ‘the best job in the world’.
Commenting on her nomination for the award, Jane said, “I am amazed and so excited by this nomination and I can’t wait for the next adventure at Alleyn’s School.”
Jane has experience in a variety of roles, including Head of English, Assistant Director of Studies, Head of Sixth Form, and Pastoral Deputy. In 2010 she joined Wellington College as Senior Deputy Head, before taking the Headship of Wimbledon High School in September 2014.
Jane’s impressive CV also includes her book, The State of Independence, (co-written with Dr David James) and another in the pipeline: Schools for Thought. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Committee, a Trustee of the Royal Springboard Foundation, sits on the Board of Governors of Newland House and King Edward’s School, Witley and sits on the HMC Universities Committee.
Alleyn's GCSE Art pupils' creativity, imagination and focus is on display as they explore the theme 'Collections'.
2nd October 2020 — It is early in the year, but Alleyn's GCSE Art pupils have been showing exceptional creativity as they focus on the theme 'Collections' this term.
One pupil, Nina, is embarking on a bold and colourful Hockney-inspired painting featuring Heinz Baked Beans and a tin of SPAM. She said: "I instantly pictured tins on a supermarket shelf when I thought of collections. So, I strolled the aisles of my local supermarket and picked up some of the most recognisable products I could see."
We look forward to seeing how our GSCE artists pieces progress and where the theme takes them.
The Alleyn's Art Department is a lively and exciting place. Teaching students to think and act critically and creatively is central to our aims, as is fostering a sense of excitement and possibility, and facilitating works which students create with a sense of pride and achievement.
Each year, The Summer Show is a highlight of the Alleyn's calendar, showcasing the final works and talents of our GCSE and A level students. See the impressive range of works, from highly skilled oil paintings, to exciting sculptural work, photography and film, in the 2020 Summer Show on the Alleyn's School website (https://www.alleyns.org.uk/summer-show-2020) and find out more about what the Alleyn's Art Department has to offer (https://www.alleyns.org.uk/senior-school/academic/subjects/art) .
Head of Lower School Mr Turner, along with Alleyn's Year 7 Saddlers' Scholars, welcomed the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for a socially distanced visit.
22nd September 2020 — The Prime Warden visited Alleyn’s Senior School to meet and celebrate the achievements of pupils who have been awarded a Saddlers' Scholarship this year.
To be an Alleyn's Saddlers' Scholar is a very special achievement, usually awarded to just six Year 7 pupils on entry to the Senior School.
Mr Mason spoke of how both the Saddlers and Alleyn’s cherished the connection between our institutions and commended the pupil’s achievements. He said: “I wish you all the very best and we look forward to following your fortunes over the next seven years.”
Each pupil was presented with a Saddlers' tie, which they would usually be helped to tie. However, owing to social distancing measures, Alleyn’s Bursar, Mr Born, provided a demonstration from afar! And then the pupils had the chance to sign the Saddlers’ Book – a special book signed by each and every Alleyn’s Saddlers' Scholar.
Our relationship with the Saddlers dates back over almost 50 years and, since 1971, more than 300 pupils have been awarded a Saddlers' Scholarship. More recently, the company has also funded bursary places at Alleyn's, continuing to provide transformative support to pupils at Alleyn's.
ALLEYN'S YEAR 11 PUPILS LOOK AHEAD WITH CAREERS LAUNCH
Alleyn's Year 11 pupils take a look to the future with their first Careers Talk of the year.
17th September 2020 — Glad to be back after a summer term of remote learning, Year 11 pupils were introduced to their Careers Programme for the new academic year within a Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) session.
Armed with some ‘career coach’ humour, Alleyn’s Head of Careers, Mrs Gina Visram started the session by sharing a meme which said “Can we all agree that in 2015, not a single person got the answer correct to the question ‘where do you see yourself five years from now’?” - in acknowledgement of the unprecedented year we have all had.
The session featured some general advice as well as context of what the Year 11 programme would involve in the upcoming year, including:
Attitude: The importance of resilience and being open to a variety of options in a changing world of work
Link between careers ambitions and A Level (or other post-16) choices
My Future Choice – one on one interviews
A closer look at “portfolio careers” and "Squiggly Careers”
Work Experience (the sole focus of a Year 11 session)
Careers considerations in Covid times – which will include a reminder about how Labour Market Information can be a powerful tool in careers exploration
Careers Action Plans on Grofar
Careers Talks (remote and / or in person)
CV updates and cover letter writing
Brief introduction: Networking and relationship building.
Mrs Visram noted: “This year, it is important to share a ‘normal’ Careers context as well as a Covid specific one. It is never about being ‘apocalyptic’ when it comes to Careers although we recognise we are currently seeing the most competitive and complicated job market that any of us can remember. Nonetheless, many exciting opportunities will exist for our pupils both now and in the future as there are opportunities to take and make throughout the year. As long as pupils decide to (1) embrace technology and understand its impact in all sectors and (2) be purposeful and open-minded along the journey – there will be great things to come.”
Alleyn’s dedicated Careers team is accessible in person and / or remotely every day to help pupils with careers education, information and guidance. The Careers team is always open to ideas and input from current pupils and parents and to queries from prospective pupils and parents.
Boys and girls at co-educational Alleyn’s are delighted by strong GCSE grades after an extraordinary period of uncertainly was ended by the government decision to honour centre-assessed grades.
20th August 2020 — Year 11 girls and boys both performed well at Alleyn’s, which is one of the UK’s top independent day schools and which become fully co-educational in 1976, one of the first schools of its kind to do so. The results, which are in line with the high expectations for this talented cohort and match some of the best in recent years, continue a long-held tradition of co-educational academic success at the School. Virtually all the pupils now progress to the Upper School at Alleyn’s to pursue their selected A level subjects and to develop their personal skills and interests through the School’s extensive co-curricular offer.
Interim Headmaster Andy Skinnard said: “We are so pleased for all of our Year 11 cohort, who, like their Year 13 counterparts, have experienced an extremely anxious few months as they adapted first to life in lockdown, and then to the various government announcements around public examinations and the consequent results process. We hope that today provides welcome reassurance to them and marks the happy beginning of an exciting next stage to their career at Alleyn’s. Their excellent results are, of course, a fitting outcome of their commitment and enthusiasm for learning throughout their entire time at Alleyn’s. We are incredibly impressed by the resilience they have shown in recent months, and for all the energy they have brought to School life throughout lockdown and indeed before. Today I am delighted to see these wonderful young people achieve grades they so fully deserve, and look forward to seeing them continue to flourish in our Upper School when School restarts in September. Of course, we are still keenly aware that this has been an extremely trying period for our Year 13 students, who we remain committed to helping as they work through the implications of recent decisions.”
Head of Middle School Mel Joel said: “Our boys and girls can feel incredibly proud of their results today, and reassured that the outcomes are based on a fair, considered and extensive evaluation process. I hope that their achievements are a cause for celebration and satisfaction for both them and their families. Our thanks go out to every one of them for their fortitude, and of course we are grateful to our wonderful staff for their tireless efforts to support, inspire and lead the School community throughout this frustrating time. We look forward to welcoming both pupils and staff back on site in September, so we can continue our exciting learning journeys, together and in person.”
In common with schools across the UK, teachers at Alleyn’s were asked to make their best professional assessment of the grades they believe their pupils would have been awarded had the public exams gone ahead this summer, in accordance with the criteria sent to all schools by Ofqual. Staff followed a rigorous process, using all of their professional experience and building upon their extensive knowledge of the pupils to assign grades and rank orders as fairly and accurately as possible.
Throughout recent months, the School has continuously sought to support its pupils – and their families - with the compassion and pastoral care for which Alleyn’s is so highly-regarded. Its holistic provision continues to create a learning community within which boys and girls learn, grow, overcome challenges, and strive to succeed together, whatever the circumstances.
Alleyn's and Alleyn's Junior School welcome applications from boys and girls from all backgrounds. We look for candidates who will respond to the School's care, opportunities and values, and who will, in return, contribute to the School with their talents and enthusiasm.