Alleyn’s School

Senior School

Co-educational, academic
excellence in a caring, friendly,
and welcoming community

Co-educational, academic excellence

This website aims to give you an insight into this high-achieving and friendly community. It gives an overview of our activities and achievements and seeks to portray our unique ethos and friendly, inclusive atmosphere. There are links to the various parts of our community: our Junior School (boys and girls aged 4–11); the Alleyn's Parents' Association ; the Edward Alleyn Club (our alumni association) and to the Advancing Alleyn's campaign (our development fund). Other useful information covers admissions (policy and procedures, scholarships and bursaries), academic departments, exam results, our last inspection report and the school development plan.

Headmaster's Welcome

Alleyn's is one of the country's leading HMC co-educational day schools...


Forthcoming Talks

Friday 30th January: Dr Simon Shaw, Brunel University (Physics Society).

Tuesday 3rd February: Ms Nell Lyhne (Art Society).

Friday 6th February: Dr Jarred McGinnis The Special Relationship (English Society).

Wednesday 25th February: Dan Smith, author (Year 7).

Friday 27th February: Mr Chris French Paranormal Experiences and Psychology (Psychology).

Alleyn's Chaplaincy Lecture

We were delighted to welcome Dr Priscilla Chadwick who gave the Chaplaincy Lecture entitled: Lighting fires’ or ‘Filling buckets? Values, faith and aspiration in our schools.

Alleyn's Parents' Association

Quiz Night: Friday 6th February. Information about how to book will be sent to parents shortly.

Headmaster's Termly Lunches: If you would like to put your name on the list for future termly lunches please email the APA.


Academic Results 2014

Our Year 13 students have once again done tremendously well in their A Levels, achieving an excellent 34% A* and 72% A*/A grades in all subject entries.

Half of all candidates gained 3 or more grades A* and A.The total of A*, A and B grades is a splendid 93%.

Our GCSE pupils have excelled in their GCSE examinations by achieving 90% A*/A grades. 60% of examination results were A* grade and 75 pupils had a full set of A*/A grades and 23 pupils achieved 10 or more A* grades. 98% of all results were A*/A/B grades.


Governors' Research Project Prize

We are proud of Max Henderson who is the winner of this year's GRPP with his scholarly essay. Runners-up were Octavia Henderson-Cleland and Phoebe Finn who are also to be congratulated.

Very early one morning...

We just wanted to share with you this lovely picture of our playing fields at sunrise.

Authors, authors and more authors

We have been fortunate to have Sarah Waters, Yotam Ottolenghi, Michael Palin, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman and Morris Gleitzman, David Mitchell and John Lanchester and Anthony Beevor speaking at a variety of book-related events (including the Wimpy Kid Roadshow).

Keep an eye on the MCT at Alleyn's website for talks coming up in 2015.

Ogden Trust Lecture

Year 10s had the privilege of hosting other local schools' GCSE pupils at a lecture put on by the Physics Department in conjunction with the Ogden Trust.

Sports update

Please click on the heading to read a summary of all that has been going on in the Boys' PE & Sport department so far this year.


The new Science Block takes shape

The redevelopment of our Science building is progressing towards the planned opening in September 2015.

Alleyn's Choral Concert: Wednesday 4th February, St Barnabas Church

All are very welcome to attend the Choral Concert to hear a wonderful array of vocal music from many talented groups including Chorale, Gospel Choir, Chamber Choir and the Barbershop Group. The evening will also include the combined forces of Choral Society and Parents' Choir performing Vivaldi's powerful Gloria. A choral feast not to be missed!

For tickets click here.


Anything Goes

The recent Upper School production of Anything Goes carried the audience along on a joyful romp aboard the SS America. Superb singing, acting, musicianship, choreography and characterisation were the hallmark of four evenings which looked effortless but were the result of a great deal of hard work by the cast and crew. Well done to all involved.

Alleyn's International Concert Series: The London Bridge Ensemble

Booking is now open for the next in our AICS series - a programme performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen – violin, Kate Gould – cello, Daniel Tong – piano, with guest David Adams - viola, and which includes two great romantic chamber works: Schubert Piano Trio in B Flat major, D. 898 and Dvořák Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 87.

Thursday 5th March at 7.30 p.m. in the MCT at Alleyn's.


Academic Interns

We recently welcomed three new academic interns to Alleyn's: Miss Panagiota Theodoulou (Physics); Mrs Natalia Lemanska-Kazemzadeh (Psychology) and Ms Brigid McClure (Music). Mr Max Menuhin (Politics) is also with us. They will continue to be busy giving a series of lunchtime subject extension talks to pupils in all years. 

ISFA U11 Regional Football Tournament

As a leading football school we are delighted to host 18 schools from London and the South-east at the ISFA junior regional football tournament.  

School Development Programme

The swimming pool refurbishment has now been completed. To see the other exciting plans for the Alleyn's campus please click on the heading.

For bigger pictures please click here.


Environmental Society: Recycling Truck

The Environmental Society invited the Southwark Mobile Recycling Truck recently visited us to allow staff, pupils and parents to bring their recyclables to school.

Victoria Cross

Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry, V.C., gave an inspiring talk to all sections of the Alleyn's CCF including a vivid account of the action in Iraq which led to him being awarded the Victoria Cross for Gallantry.

He is pictured here with Alleyn's senior NCOs.


Trebuchet Club

These models of siege engines are put together with assistance from the Design Technology Department during lunchtimes. The boys were competing to see how far they could catapult their projectiles, ideally in a straight line.

Advancing Alleyn's enables pupils to touch the ancient past...

How fortunate we are that donations have enabled the Classics department to purchase a Greek skyphos (drinking cup) from 425-400 B.C.


Hockey International Masterclass

Last term the senior hockey players enjoyed a twilight workshop hosted by the New Zealand International hockey player Andy Hayward. The session focused on drag-flicking and other skills such as the disguise-slap-hit. All pupils worked hard and impressed Andy, especially the goal keepers, who had a night of saving shots from the him. We hope to have a repeat session next year focusing on another technical skill and look forward to seeing the pupils putting drag-flicking into practice in the last half of the season.

Refurbished swimming pool

We are so pleased to have had AOG, Zara Long, a former GB Olympic swimmer to re-open our beautifully refurbished pool, complete with a viewing gallery and Olympic timing system.

Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA)

Not only did our footballers win the ISFA Fair Play Award (again) in 2013-14, but the boys pictured are all playing representative football either nationally, for their county or their region.

National Successes

Congratulations to Saskia Millard (Year 9) for her 800m Indoor Athletics Championship win.

Congratulations to Helen (Year 10) and Laura (Year 9) Sheffield and Kalyani Ramanan (Year 10) who are National Schools' Team Fencing Champions - epée - in their age groups.

A week in sport...

Monday:  the 1st VII winning a closely contested netball match in the ISNC competition against Reigate Grammar 42 – 39. 

Tuesday: the U13 girls took the Southwark Cross-Country trophy with our first seven girls taking the first seven places – followed closely by the remainder of the twelve-strong team. Congratulations to Imogen (1st), Zelda (2nd) and Jessica (3rd). The U15 team also won with Laura coming 2nd.

Wednesday: the 1st XI hockey team played Kingston Grammar and qualified for the London finals – a real achievement after losing their goalkeeper to injury early on in the first game. The U13 and U15 cross-country teams competed in the ESAA Cross-Country Cup competition where the U13 team came 1st and both teams qualified for the Regional finals after half-term. 

Thursday: the U14 hockey team came away from Kingston having qualified for their London final and the U16 and U15 netball teams both finished top of their pool at the Surrey Schools’ netball thereby qualifying for the National Schools’ competition and the Surrey Finals. 


Water Polo News

No fewer than 76 Alleyn’s boys and girls have represented the Alleyn’s water polo teams and received a medal for their achievements. 

U14 Girls' were crowned ESSA National Champions for the third consecutive year which has never before been achieved in this competition by any school.

U15 team finished fourth in their respective final after qualifying out of 17 schools in the Schools' Water Polo League.

U16 & U18 girls' teams achieved Bronze medals in the ESSA National Competition finals.

U16 team narrowly lost in their ESSA National semi-final and finished fourth.

U18 boys' were crowned ESSA Champions in the National Plate Competition.



Congratulations to Maia and Sasha Webb and Tom Hickson on being 1st (age 13-15) in the Hever Castle Triathlon earlier this term. Also to Georgie White has recently heard that she has been selected for Tier 2 of the Junior Regional Performance South Hockey Squad (known as the Saxon Tigers). We wish her every success on the next stage of her journey (Futures Cup at half-term) to reach the highest level. 

Japanese Visitors

As part of our ongoing International Links programme, pupils from Kobe High School in Japan spent a day in lessons and attending co-curricular activities with our pupils. They were great fun and it was an excellent shared experience.

125 years at Townley Road

See the film made by pupils and staff to celebrate 125 years of the School's move to our Townley Road site.


U14 National Water Polo Champions

Our girls' U14 team have retained their ESSA Water Polo Championship title again this year, for the third year running - a tremendous achievement.


Alleyn's School, Townley Road, Dulwich
London SE22 8SU
020 8557 1500