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...

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Alleyn's International Concert Series: Alison Balsom

Three-time winner at the Classical BRITs and 2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, trumpeter Alison Balsom has an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is one of the most sought after musicians on the international circuit today. 

As Patron of Brass for Africa, Alison is presenting this concert in support of the charity's mission to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their communities in Africa through brass music and brass music education. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Brass for Africa. 

The first half will be a trumpet and piano recital, then after the interval this special event will include a brief presentation about the charity and Alison will be introducing some very special guests to play with her. 

We are sure that this will be a really exciting event that will hopefully also raise significant funds for this charity, and there will be a limited number of Special Package VIP tickets. The opportunity to learn and to play music together is, quite literally, life changing, especially for children surviving on the fringes of society in Africa. You can read more about the wonderful work of this charity here

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Our first Scientist-in-Residence

Dr Adam Rutherford, has joined the School, and each week he is working with pupils and staff further to enrich and extend scientific enquiry at Alleyn’s.

He is a geneticist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as having made many BBC documentaries on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Headmaster Dr Gary Savage says: “I am absolutely thrilled that a scientist of Dr Rutherford’s pedigree has agreed to become our very first Scientist-in-Residence, where he will contribute powerfully to the already high reputation of science at the School at a time when we are also investing in the Science Building and its facilities as part of our commitment to this vital area of the broader Alleyn’s curriculum.”

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Alleyn's Parents' Association

Founder's Day: 27th June 1.45 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

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

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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.

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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.


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 throughout the rest of 2015.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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Debating: English Schools' Mace 2015


Pictured here are Rosa Thomas and Matthew Hankin whose incisive, analytical responses to the motions in the final earned them the runners-up trophy.


Nuffield Foundation


It is rare to be selected for a Nuffield placement but this year two of our pupils have gained the support of the Nuffield Foundation to pursue their interests (ranging from epigenetics to orthopaedics) during the summer.


UKMT Team Maths Challenge

Our team of two Year 9 pupils and two Year 8 pupils came first out of 37 schools at the Regional Final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge and now progress to the National Final on 22nd June. Our previous best was 3rd last year. We shall be one of 80 schools at the Final. Approximately 1,700 schools enter the competition.


Royal Society of Chemistry


Congratulations to Saira Safeer who won a gold medal in the recent Chemistry Olympiad.


GB Sailing


Daisy Collingridge (Year 10) and her brother have just qualified to represent Great Britain in the Cadet Class Sailing World Championships at Lake Garda this August. 


A Midsummer Night's Dream


The recent Middle School production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was contemporary, inventive and energetic and provided a perfect showcase for the extraordinarily talented actors and performers and behind-the-scenes crew. 


Day of Dance

We held a wonderfully successful Day of Dance for forty Year 9 pupils from different schools. They combined their energy and imagination to produce work of great promise.


Sports update

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

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The new Science Block takes shape


The redevelopment of our Science building is coming along as planned and we look forward to its opening later in the year.


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.

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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.

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Girls' Football


The U13 girls have done brilliantly to retain the ISFA South East title. For a full report of the tournament please click here.


Inter-Schools Cycling at the Herne Hill Velodrome


Cycling continues to be very popular with pupils and at the recent Inter-Schools' Cycling Championships the Alleyn’s Girls team took the trophy for the third year in a row. The U14 team came 6th in their age group and the U16s were a very creditable 4th in their group.


Selection for Great Britain Squad


Ben Tinkler-Davies is to be congratulated on his selection for the Junior European Great Britain squad competing in Malta in March 2015.


Fencing Highlight


Congratulations to Laura Sheffield who was crowned British Champion Women’s Cadet Epée following her victory at the University of East London’s fabulous Sports Dock arena. As a result of this win and following a successful season, Laura is selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Championships in Tashkent during the Easter holidays. Laura has also won the Fencing Challenge (Épée) Wratislava Youth International recently.


Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA)


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


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.


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.


Rounders Success

Our Rounders team won a tournament at St Dunstan's with victories in four out of five games. Well done team!


U19 Water Polo

Our U19s have won silver medals at the Schools Water Polo League finals. 

The team qualified for the final 4 schools out of 17 competing schools at the start of the competition. Results from the finals at Queen Elizabeth School were as follows: 

v City of London - lost 2-5
v Queen Elizabeth School - won 4-2
v Trinity - won 5-2

For more Water Polo news please click the heading.

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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.


U12 Boys' Hockey

U12A Hockey did very well in their Southern Counties Championships after qualifying as runner’s-up in the London region. The U12A Hockey team played particularly well and are South of England Champions

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Congratulations


Congratulations to Maia and Sasha Webb and Tom Hickson on being 1st (age 13-15) in the Hever Castle Triathlon last term. Also to Georgie White has heard that she has been selected for Tier 2 of the Junior Regional Performance South Hockey Squad (known as the Saxon Tigers).  

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