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 (among 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) through school to Year 6, and then on into the Senior School. 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.
Fees for the academic year 2020-21:
Years 3 to 6: £6,375 per term (£19,125 p.a.)
Reception and Years 1 to 2: £6,121 per term (£18,363 p.a.)
Years 7 to 13: £6,950 per term (£20,850 p.a.)
All Year 7 pupils have a compulsory school lunch, charged at £220 per term. For pupils in other year groups, the cost of a two-course lunch is around £3.00 depending on what is chosen but pupils may bring a packed lunch if they prefer.
Alleyn’s sixth-former Eden Cheng will represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics, following her silver medal win with diving partner Lois Toulson in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday.
7th May 2021 — Eden, along with her diving partner Lois Toulson, won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday, an incredible achievement by any standards, but one which qualified the two for a spot on the Olympic team.
Qualifying for the team doesn’t necessarily mean you will be selected to represent your country, but the two have now had confirmation that they will indeed be representing GB in the Olympic diving team and travelling to Tokyo this summer.
Eden earned her first major medal in 2018 at the age of 15 when she won gold at the European Championships in the 10 metre Platform Synchro with Lois and she has followed this up with a string of medals, culminating in her selection for the Olympic team this week.
Speaking about her journey so far, Eden said:
"It's been so exciting to have competed on the world stage once again and winning a silver medal. However, the best part of it all was being able to secure an Olympic quota spot for Team GB. It has been a long and challenging journey, but it seems the sacrifices made along the way have all been worthwhile. Thank you, Alleyn's for the support you have given me through all these years."
This level of success is hard won, and Eden has worked tirelessly to balance her rigorous training and competition schedule with her academic studies, and the sacrifices she has made to chase her dream of representing GB in the Olympic games have been immense, from missing family events to studying on aeroplanes or poolside to catching up with school work after returning from competitions.
Representing her country in the Olympics has also coincided with studying for A levels in Maths, Biology and of course PE - no mean feat.
Gavin English, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s, said:
“This is a remarkable achievement in any context but that Eden has accomplished this while continuing to engage in the broader life of the school and rigorous academic study shows just what can be achieved with truly determined effort. Her silver medal and selection to the Tokyo team is of course phenomenal but Eden's journey and the commitment she has shown along the way are simply awe inspiring.”
Alleyn’s Head, Jane Lunnon, while conceding that it may not be as exciting as Tokyo, has nevertheless humbly invited Eden to sign the Head’s Book for Outstanding Achievement.
Aanya, who is in year 9 at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, has been asked to represent the UK in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad.
8th March 2021 — Aanya, who is in year 9 at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, has been asked to represent the UK in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad.
At just thirteen years old, she is the youngest girl ever to represent the UK in this prestigious competition, and to get to this point she has sat a series of gruelling national competitions, all organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT).
First, Aanya sat the UK Senior Mathematical Challenge, a competition aimed at sixth-formers with around 200,000 entrants, and she scored within the top one per cent. Aanya flew through the next round, the British Mathematical Olympiad (BMO1) in November, which was sat by the top 1,300 pupils from round one. She did even better in round three (the BM02) - a challenging three-and-a-half-hour test with four questions – and came third across the UK against 100 other pre-university girls.
Ranking in the top 25 in the UK, Aanya has now been invited to join the team of four girls to enter the prestigious European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). The competition was due to be held in Georgia in April but it will now be held online due to Covid-19.
Asked how she feels about being asked to represent the UK in such a prestigious competition at such a young age, Aanya said:
‘I‘ve wanted to make the UK EGMO team since primary school but I never thought it could happen so soon - everyone else in the team is a sixth-former and I’m still in year 9’.
Mrs Green, organiser of the UKMT Maths Challenges at Alleyn’s, said:
‘On International Women’s Day especially, the news that one of our young female pupils will be representing UK girls on this national team is just wonderful. Aanya’s hard work and determination has paid off and she fully deserves this tremendous success. We wish her luck for the European Olympiad in April.’
Alleyn's Launches Diversity and Equality Logo Competition
Alleyn’s School has launched an exciting pupil-led competition which celebrates diversity and equality.
23rd February 2021 — Running from 12-26 February, all Senior School pupils at Alleyn's are invited to design a logo that will create a powerful visual statement of Alleyn's commitment to diversity.
The winning logo, as judged by the Alleyn’s Student Council, will be used across a range of Alleyn's materials - from the School website, to printed newsletters and leaflets as well as a display within the School grounds.
Assistant Head, Head of Lower School, Mr Turner said: “I am really excited to see what our brilliant pupils will come up with in response to this unique opportunity. I am hopeful that this logo will stay with the School for generations to come as an expression of our unified commitment to diversity and equality within our very special community.”
Good luck to all pupils taking part! We cannot wait to see the designs.
Students at Alleyn's School put into an action an idea to spread some positivity and combat loneliness as they came to the end of the first half-term of the year. Recognising that Year 7 pupils might be finding it tricky to feel fully settled in having had an unusual - and remote - start to their first year at Alleyn's, the School Captains and Prefects conceived the 'Alleyn's Chocolate Drop'.
15th February 2021 — Students at Alleyn's School put into an action an idea to spread some positivity and combat loneliness as they came to the end of the first half-term of the year. Recognising that Year 7 pupils might be finding it tricky to feel fully settled in having had an unusual - and remote - start to their first year at Alleyn's, the School Captains and Prefects conceived the 'Alleyn's Chocolate Drop'.
Each Year 7 pupil received a small package including a chocolate surprise hand-delivered to their door - something that was intended to spread some joy amongst the younger pupils! The package was accompanied by a note which read:
Dear Year 7 pupil, This must have been a most strange and perhaps difficult start to your first year at Alleyn’s, so we hope this little chocolate box brings a bit of excitement and happiness and reminds you that you are very much part of the whole school community – even from afar. We can’t wait until we can see you back in school and all together again. Happy Valentine’s Day! The School Captains and Prefects ?
School Captain Morgan Le Fevre, alongside Vice Captains Jonny Wanyanga and Jules Lanari-Collard, fine-tuned the secret drop, which took place across Valentine's Weekend. Safety was carefully considered, and the chocolate was delivered by a senior Prefect living within the same local area as a Year 7 pupil, either by foot or bicycle within their permitted one-hour daily exercise slot. Prefects, some in costume, sanitised after each delivery, whilst also wearing a mask and always maintaining social distancing.
Morgan said: "The student prefect body realised virtual learning must be particularly hard for the new year 7 pupils who don’t know each other or the school that well. So, we wanted to do something to make them feel welcome and more a part of the school community that we, as older students, know and love. We hope it was a lovely surprise for the year 7s and lifted their spirits. It definitely gave the year 13s something exciting to plan and look forward to, away from all the talk of exams!"
Head Jane Lunnon, who joined Alleyn's as its first female Head in January of this year, said: "One of the most heartening and exhilarating aspects of our tricky times, is how much resourceful, creative and compassionate thinking it has led to, in finding solutions to problems. And we have seen it in spades from the wonderful student leaders at Alleyn’s. What a tremendous response to the challenge of keeping the school connected and the student leadership visible and relevant in the middle of a lockdown! And as they cycled round S.E London, delivering chocolate treats and good cheer to younger students, they not only shared the love on Valentine’s day, they also showed how energy, positivity and a sense of fun can keep a school going, even in the most demanding times."
One pleased Year 7 parent wrote a note back to the School Prefects, saying: "Thank you so much for the sweet delivery that came this afternoon - it made our daughter's day. Such a thoughtful idea!"
Parents of Year 7 pupils were advised of the plan in advance and asked to provide their consent for the secret hand-delivery. Those that could not be hand-delivered were sent in the post.
The Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation has announced that it is forming a partnership with the government and leading independent schools, including Alleyn's, to deliver life-changing educational opportunities for vulnerable children.
15th February 2021 — The Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation has announced that it is forming a partnership with the government and leading independent schools, including Alleyn's, to deliver life-changing educational opportunities for vulnerable children.
Head of Alleyn's Jane Lunnon, who is a trustee of the foundation, said: "We are very excited to be selected as one of only a handful of schools in the country, to spearhead this pioneering project, with the Royal National SpringBoard Foundation. It is part-funded by the Department of Education and the aim of the project is to provide bursary places in outstanding independent day schools, for looked after or vulnerable children. This will be running as a pilot and we will be welcoming our first LAC bursary candidates from September 2022. If it is successful, the hope is that this could be rolled out and replicated more widely across the country and in that case, could provide an utterly transformative model for children in care in this country. As you can imagine, we take this opportunity and this responsibility very seriously and we feel genuinely honoured to have been selected to be part of it."
The project is an extension of an existing arrangement which allows children to move from care placements into full boarding. Now that day schools are included, many more young people will be able to benefit.
Ali Henderson, chief executive of the charity, said: “We know there is a real desire among day schools to support our efforts to improve the life chances of children in, and on the edge of, care and the events of the past year have made the need for action even more urgent.
You can read more about it in The Times at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royal-springboard-scheme-gives-private-school-places-to-pupils-in-care-k3xbd87pg (paywall) and find out more about the SpringBoard Foundation here: https://www.royalspringboard.org.uk.
Alleyn’s Old Girl Jess Moody spoke to entranced students about her research into peacebuilding and conflict resolution in West Africa and the fundamental role languages play in her work.
3rd February 2021 — Jess Moody, who left Alleyn's in 2007, has a Masters in International Relations, a PhD in Post Conflict Peacebuilding, and she is now a consultant in that field. Jess began her talk by explaining the importance of peacebuilding in ensuring that peace prevails in communities that have been torn apart by repeated conflicts.
She gave a rare insight into the complex and delicate process of peacebuilding, which involves among other things facilitating decisions on what happens to the perpetrators of war crimes and encouraging acceptance between opposing sides. The second part of Jess’s job is Political Risk Analysis, which involves her following up on her discussions with the various parties with reports that flag any obstacles there might be to a peace process and which offer potential solutions to those obstacles.
Jess talked about how important it is to understand and build a rapport with and all the parties involved in a conflict, and although many languages are spoken in West Africa, French, despite being the colonial language, is the language of cohesion and without speaking French she could not begin to achieve mutual trust and understanding. Of course, both speaking French and other African languages she picks up as she goes along is essential for the practical aspects of working in West Africa, such as eating and getting around.
While Jess’ work can be both tough and complex, she patently adores Cote d’Ivoire, where she works primarily, and spoke of her love of both the food and culture. She recounted the fun she has had, such as travelling on ‘nouchi’ buses and of course playing football, an international language in itself.
Immersing herself in African culture has not only been necessary for Jess' work in conflict resolution but hugely enjoyable, she says. She particularly loves African music and treated everyone to two songs by her favourite African musicians. The first was Water No Get Enemy, by the Nigerian political musician Fela Kuti and later Le Prix du Paradis, by the Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoli, both of which make poignant political comment.
Organiser, MFL teacher Phil Harper, thanked Jess warmly for sharing her insights, and thanks must go in turn to Phil for organising this well-attended event.
'I was delighted to welcome back an AOG to talk about such an important subject. Jess also showed us how languages open up the world in a truly meaningful way'. Phil Harper
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.
For the latest admissions information, please see the respective admissions pages of our website.