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.
Rugby star kicks off Alleyn's new Lockdown Speaker Series
The Alleyn’s sports community was joined virtually by Great Britain, England and Saracens Rugby Sevens player, Deborah Fleming, in the first of a new series of lockdown speakers.
25th November 2020 — More than 100 members of the Alleyn’s community logged in for the insightful talk including pupils, parents and staff, fascinated to learn Deborah’s journey, hear her advice about sport participation and to hear her tackle pupils’ questions.
After Deborah’s sports career began as a netballer and sprinter, she moved to specialise in rugby following a 'talent transfer' programme at the age of 21. She has gone on to play as a full-time professional, competed in the Commonwealth Games, played in the World Series all over the globe and had been planning to play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Her fascinating story aligns with how the Alleyn’s Sport Department support pupils - through encouraging a core range of sports, having a strong set of values at the heart of everything you do and being ambitious in seizing opportunities.
As well as tackling questions posed by Alleyn’s pupils during the talk, from how she brings herself back when losing a big match to discovering Deborah’s female role model, she also offered plenty of personal advice.
She said: “Make sure you’re enjoying yourself and that you’re exposing yourself to loads of different situations because then you’ll be challenging yourself to get better.” She also emphasised the value of determination and effort, stating: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
A Spotlight on Sustainable Careers for Alleyn's Pupils
From environmental medicine to greenhouse strategy, pupils at Alleyn's enjoyed hearing about careers with a sustainability focus.
20th November 2020 — Year 10, 11 and 12 pupils enjoyed an insight into future careers with a sustainable focus, in keeping with the School’s third Sustainability Week.
While careers talks in the time of Covid-19 have had to adapt, careers support for students remains a key priority and we are using innovative ways to deliver support. Virtual talks have meant pupils can hear from inspiring professionals based not only in the UK but as far afield as Kenya - sharing their expertise, industry knowledge and careers journey.
In the series of pre-recorded interviews with Alleyn’s Head of Careers, Mrs Visram, pupils heard from six professionals including: AOG Briony Fitzgerald, Director at ACT who advises multi-national companies on environmental reporting, strategy and communications; Dr Shideh Pouria, Consultant Physician in Environmental & Nutritional Medicine; Suzanne King, an engineer from walking and cycling organisation Sustrans; Artist and Creative Director Lulu Kitololo; Co-founder of EcoPlanet Bamboo, Camille Rebelo; and Henry Greenwood, Founder of the Green Schools Project.
The virtual interviews were extremely well received. One Year 12 student commented: “I loved the EcoPlanet Bamboo talk! I’m extremely interested in environmental engineering and would love to get involved in something along those lines.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the Careers Programme at Alleyn’s, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alleyn's Observes Poignant Act of Remembrance in Lieu of Annual Parade
Staff and CCF join together for an alternative act of commemoration as lockdown affects annual parade and service.
9th November 2020 — On Sunday 8 November Alleyn's gathered in the Great Hall to observe a moving act of commemoration, a short film of which is now available for viewing on the School's website at www.alleyns.org.uk/remembrance.
During the service members of the Alleyn's staff, CCF and School Captain represented the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel.
Headmaster Mr Skinnard introduced the service, which was then led by Alleyn's Chaplain, Rev Lander.
Zeb, a musician in Year 10, beautifully sounded the Last Post and the Reveille, and those gathered respected the silence while wreaths were laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.
Major Benest represented the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS, and School Captain Morgan delivered a reading from John 15:9-17.
Alleyn's Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from the School, and therefore it returned to one of its original uses as the Remembrance was observed. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.
Alleyn's Year 13 CCF cadets, and all those who took part, feel incredibly proud with their involvement in this act of Remembrance whilst representing the Edward Alleyn Club, Dulwich Estate and all 3 Foundation Schools.
Usually on Remembrance Sunday, Alleyn's CCF and Edward Alleyn Club, in conjunction with CCF from Dulwich College and JAGS, parade through Dulwich Village to a commemorative service at Christ's Chapel. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, these activities were unable to go ahead in their usual format this year.
Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November with a whole school act of commemoration marked by a service and parade in the School quad, live-streamed to all staff and pupils across the site.
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) .
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.