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 selected for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics
Eden Cheng, a Sixth Former at Alleyn’s has been selected to represent Great Britain 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.
11th May 2021 — 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.
Eden, along with her diving partner Lois Toulson, won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup, 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."
She continued: "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, and 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 joins national scheme to help vulnerable children
Alleyn's has been selected as one of only a handful of schools in the country to be part of a project with the Royal National SpringBoard Foundation to deliver life-changing educational opportunities for vulnerable children.
17th 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."
She continued: "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."
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
For the latest admissions information, please see the respective admissions pages of our website.