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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Open Days 2014

For entry at 11+ and 13+:

Wednesday 17th September 2014, 2.00 p.m.

Saturday 4th October 2014, 9.30 a.m.

Wednesday 5th November 2014, 2.00 p.m. 

For entry at 16+:

Saturday 4th October 2014, 9.30 a.m.

Tuesday 4th November 2013, 2.30 p.m.

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Alleyn's Parents' Association

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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The Alleyn's Dance Show

At the end of last term, a packed audience was treated to a fantastic display of dance, showcasing the considerable talent at Alleyn’s.

We are thrilled that Year 7 and 8 dancers recently won their heat in the Red Cross Dance Show and proceed to the semi-finals (more).

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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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Korean Visitors


Twelve English teachers from South Korea who have spent eight weeks in the UK came to experience daily life at Alleyn's by shadowing our teachers,delivering lessons and observing a variety of lunchtime clubs as part of their professional development.  


Alleyn's Chaplaincy Lecture


This year's Chaplaincy Lecture was given by Dr Lord (Rowan) Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury on Why C S Lewis Matters.


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.


Soldering Club


Mr Tober has been leading a very popular Soldering Club making colour-mixers with diodes for use in Physics lessons.


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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Governors' Research Project Prize

We are proud of Rebecca Hindmarsh who is the winner of this year's GRPP with her scholarly essay. Runners-up were Francesca Forristal and Haroun Hameed who are also to be congratulated.


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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Headmaster of Alleyn's Junior School


We are delighted to announce that Mr Simon Severino, Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep School, Eastbourne, has been appointed to succeed Mr Mark O’Donnell as Headmaster of Alleyn’s Junior School from 31st August 2015.

Mr Severino, who is married and has two young children, has considerable experience in junior schools over the past twenty years. He read Geography at Oxford University, before starting his career at Culford Prep in Suffolk. From there, he went to Dulwich Prep London, where he was Head of Geography and Deputy Head (Head of Middle School). Since 2010 he has been Headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep, an IAPS school which is incorporated with Eastbourne College, an HMC senior school.

He believes passionately in holistic education, sharing with us a view that academic excellence and first-rate pastoral care are best served by a vibrant co-curriculum and a clear ethos anchored in shared values. Mr Severino is very much looking forward to joining the Alleyn’s community, where he and his family will be warmly welcomed.

In the interim before Mr Severino takes up his Headship, Mrs Alison Wright, current Deputy Head of the Junior School, will be Acting Head throughout the academic year 2014-15, working closely with Mr Severino and Dr Savage (Headmaster of Alleyn’s School) to ensure a smooth handover. Together, they will ensure a continuity of care and expertise for the children, staff and parents of the Junior School in the months and years to come.


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.


AICS: Voces8

Voces8 gave a wonderfully interactive series of workshops and gave useful tips on singing technique and performance.

Their evening concert  inlcuded music from Byrd and Palestrina to Duke Ellington and Taverner's The Lamb. 


LAMDA Showcase


Over 100 boys and girls from Years 8 to 10 took part in two LAMDA showcase productions in the MCT in preparation for their LAMDA examinations last term.


Alleyn's International Concert Series: Ensemble 360


Fourteen chamber groups enjoyed inspiring masterclasses with members of Ensemble 360 who then gave a thrilling evening concert with powerful interpretations of works by Schubert and Brahms as part of Alleyn's International Concert Series.


The Unexpected Professor...John Carey


John Carey, author of Radio 4 Book of the Week (March 2014), talked with great erudition and humour about his controversial academic life.


School Development Programme

The swimming pool refurbishment is well on its way to completion; 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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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.

ISFA Fair Play Award 2013-2014


Congratulations to our footballers upon their winning the ISFA Fair Play Award – yet again!

We work hard to develop this attitude in sport throughout the school and it is a credit to all involved that their dedication has been rewarded again. 


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.


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.

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Tom captains England


Following a successful camp at the new England National Training Centre at St George's Park, Tom Sealy, Alleyn’s 1st XI football captain has been selected to represent ISFA England in their international fixture against Australia Schoolboys on 19th January. Tom was also fortunate enough to captain the ISFA team in their fixtures against Shropshire and Coventry City U18s.


U15 Netball forward to National semi-finals

The U15 netball girls have had a wonderfully exciting win against St Alban's...

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Lower School Swimming Gala


The Year 7 and 8 girls' swimming team have won the Trinity Schools’ Gala (held at Whitgift School) for the second year in a row. 


Girls' Sport and Games

The First XI Hockey team are Surrey and London Indoor Champions. 

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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.

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Cross-country success leading to English Schools' National Finals

2 pupils have qualified automatically for the Junior Girls' cross-country finals and a further 4 are in the squad from which the rest of the teams will be selected.

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