Alleyn’s School

Senior School

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

Co-educational, academic excellence

...this all-singing, all-dancing co-ed in south London... it is ‘near perfect’, and a mother praises the ‘superb, caring atmosphere’ Tatler Schools Guide 2016.

This website aims to give you an insight into this high-achieving and friendly school. It gives an overview of our activities and achievements and seeks to portray our unique ethos and 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, examination results and our last inspection report.

Headmaster's Welcome

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


Edward Alleyn's Gift: The Foundation Schools' Concert: Book Now

16th March 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall (open to the public).

Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of the Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich on 16th March 2016. Verdi’s choral masterpiece the Requiem Mass will be performed by some 500 pupils, staff and parents at the Royal Festival Hall and conducted by our three Directors of Music. A link to the box office and for other information is here.. 

Japanese Visitors

As part of our ongoing International Links programme, pupils from Kobe University High School in Japan spent the day in lessons and attending co-curricular activities with our pupils. As a finale, two Kobe students made excellent presentations about their school and life in Kobe for which the Headmaster thanked their teachers.

Remembering the Fallen

Alleyn's pupils are researching the lives of AOBs who fought in WWI as part of the WWI centenary commemoration.

Governors' Research Project Prize

We are proud of Jaleh Brazell who is the winner of this year's GRPP with her scholarly essay. Runners-up were Hannah Kirwan and Rosa Thomas who are also to be congratulated.


A Level Results 2015

Alleyn’s School students are celebrating their excellent A levels results. The 141 girls and boys have achieved the high grades required to move on to the next stage of their education across the full range of subjects at exciting destinations including top universities, medical schools and art colleges.


Field Day: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Field Day is always buzzing with activity on the campus, in the country and around London. Year 13 had an inspiring talk from Médecins Sans Frontières.

Maths & Physics Society

Year 13 student, Sara Haxhia, gave a terrific talk on parallet universes.

Fencing Highlight

Laura Sheffield has won gold in the U17 and silver in the U20 competitions at the National Fencing Championships. It is the first time anyone has won the U17 two years running aged 14 and 15. Her next competition is in the European Championships in March. 


Our 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.”


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.

Friday 5th February: Quiz Night 7.00 p.m.


School Development Programme

The swimming pool refurbishment was completed last year and our Science Block is rapidly nearing completion. To see the other exciting plans for the Alleyn's campus please click on the heading.

For bigger pictures please click here.


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.


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.


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.


Observing Saturn in the clear, early morn

The new Alleyn's observatory was open at dawn for a group of senior Physics students.

Celebrating Higher Education Offers

At this time of the academic year our Year 13 students, and a good number of students who left us last year, begin to receive news of their university applications.

The vast majority of Alleyn’s students apply through the UK university admissions service, UCAS. Also, every year we have students apply abroad and to Art colleges as well as occasional applications to Drama schools and Music conservatoires.

We are pleased that in January 2016 the emerging picture (we shall not know every detail until the end of April) is once again extremely positive for the field of applicants from Alleyn’s.  


For They are Jolly Good Fellows

The Warden and Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford have elected AOG Claire Hall (History, Christ Church) to a Fellowship by Examination at the College.

AOB Will Handley (Natural Sciences, Gonville and Caius) has similarly been elected as a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

We congratulate both Claire and Will.

AICS: Trio Isimsiz

It is with great excitement that we can announce Trio Isimsiz, winners in 2015 of the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, will be visiting the MCT at Alleyn’s as part of the Alleyn’s International Concert Series on Thursday 25th February.  The programme will be Schubert’s thrilling Piano Trio No.2 in E flat D929 and Dvorak’s intensely moving Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65.

For more information and booking click here. booking.


Gold level accreditation

We want to acknowledge and thank the many people, across the Senior and Junior Schools at Alleyn’s, who have helped us to be the only school in Southwark to gain Gold accreditation under the TfL STARS scheme.

Our achievement was the combination of many activities such as the cycling clubs, the “bike-it” crew, assemblies and lessons on cycling and personal safety, the Safe Routes to School Committee, the Eco-Council and other school committees, “Walk to School Week", the "cycle-to-work” scheme and the general encouragement of the pupils and staff to cycle, scooter or walk to school, that has made this possible.

School Observatory

The Alleyn’s skyline has changed this term, with the addition of the Observatory above the Science building. This 2.7m white dome will house the School telescope and enable eager sky watchers to observe the heavens with a shelter from the elements. The wonderful facility will provide great opportunities for pupils, and the wider community, to engage more fully with the wonders of space and gain a greater perspective of the awesome size and structure of the universe. And for those afraid of the dark, or unused to late nights, we will be using a solar telescope too!

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures

Dr Kevin Fong (pictured) invited Year 9 pupils from Alleyns and...


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015

As part of National Poetry Week Year 11 pupil, Ella Standage, was one of only 15 students to be awarded Foyle's Young Poet of the Year this year. Here is a link to her poem Retrograde. 

Whole School Photograph

The School Captain's selfie. For a more formal photo please see the Parents' page.

GCSE Results

We are delighted to announce the best ever GCSE results achieved by Alleyn's pupils, with 64% of the grades awarded A*, and 90% A*or A. These figures are the highest percentages for those grades in our history, while no fewer than 50 individual pupils achieved 9 or more A*s. 

Headmaster Dr Gary Savage says: "It is thrilling to see the reward our Year 11 pupils have received from their recent public examinations. Everyone here knows that statistics are less important than the individual stories of pupils who have worked so hard, enjoyed their learning and prepared for important examinations to such great effect. Our pupils are well prepared for their next steps as they enter Sixth Form study, and we send each of them warm congratulations as they begin to specialise at A level and continue their enjoyment of learning and all the great opportunities on offer in life in the Upper School at Alleyn's."


Prof Jon Butterworth of UCL

Two days before their departure for CERN our A level Physics students were lucky enough to hear Prof Butterworth, one of the leading lights at CERN since its beginning.

Edinburgh Fringe

This summer 27 Upper School students visited Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two shows, 17 and Ten Pound Tale, showcasing Alleyn’s Drama at its very best and also finding the time to experience a vast array of theatre, comedy and dance for themselves.

Music Tour of Rome

25 of our Music students have been on tour in Rome giving recitals in the Pantheon (pictured), San Giovanni in Laterano, the principal Papal Basilica ("Archbasilica") outside of Vatican City and All Saints, Rome.

Saturday Maths

Well done to all of our Year 11 pupils who acted as mentors on the Saturday Maths Scheme this year.



Having been runner-up in the ESU English Schools' Mace last year, Rosa Thomas has now, with Hannah Maconochie, won the first round (against JAGS and Dulwich College) of this year's competition.

Rosa has also excelled herself to be selected to represent England in the World Schools' Debating competition in Stuttgart in July 2016. Top four in the country!

Her former team-mate Matthew Hankin has now moved on to Cambridge where he is the only fresher to have been chosen for the varsity team for the debate between Cambridge and Oxford.

Nuffield Foundation

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

Royal Society of Chemistry

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

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.


Alleyn’s continues to bolster the ISFA representative sides. Laurie Goddard, Luke Cook, Luke Stylianou and Abe Wood, have all made the next round of the selection process for ISFA London U13 team. 

Jo Murray and Jasmine Sherrell have been selected for the ISFA national U18 and U15 girls' teams respectively. Sam Arbuckle and Zach Wood earned U15 national honours, along with Billy Murphy and Ben Walton at U14. All of these pupils will have the privilege of training and playing at the prestigious National Centre of Excellence at St George’s Park. 

The new astro-turf pitch

Reports from all the teams playing and practising this term on the new 'astro' are that it is a superb surface to play on.

Latest Water Polo Results

Our U18 boys’ team did particularly well in their Schools Water Polo League semi-final tournament, qualifying for the SWPL final in March (top four schools out of 16 competing schools).

1st Alleyn’s, 2nd Brentwood, 3rd Dulwich College, 4th St Paul’s.

Our U15 girls' team has qualified for the ESSA national finals in March (top six schools in the country) with the following results from their South of England tournament:

1st Alleyn’s, 2nd Notting Hill & Ealing High, 3rd Highgate, 4th Old Palace, 5th North London Collegiate School. 

Our U18 girls' team has also qualified for the ESSA national finals in March (top six schools in the country) with the following results from their South of England tournament:

1st Alleyn’s, 2nd Trinity, 3rd North London Collegiate, 4th Notting Hill & Ealing High and 5th Old Palace.

These three tournaments were hosted by Alleyn's which provided an ideal opportunity to showcase our new, first-class pool with many unique water polo specifications.

Our U15 mixed team has qualified from their semi-final tournament for the U15 ESSA national final (top six schools in the country) with the following results:

1st Trinity, 2nd Alleyn’s, 3rd Torquay Grammar, 4th Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet.

Diving Champion

Year 8 pupil, Eden Cheng (pictured with Peter Waterfield, Olympic diving silver medallist) has been invited to a specially organised diving training camp in January where she will have the opportunity to use the special facilities of the Sheffield Diving Academy/Centre which are not available in London. Eden was crowned National Schools Junior (Girls) Diving Champion at the end of last term. 


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.

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 last August. 

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.

Hockey International Masterclass

Last year 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. We hope to have a repeat session this year focusing on another technical skill and look forward to seeing the pupils putting drag-flicking into practice.

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.  

U12 Cricket Season ended on a high...

The U12 cricket team had a most successful season and finished it in fine style. There are two London Schools' cup competitions at this age and the team won both. They beat City of London School in the final of the ESCA Cup during the last week of term and then travelled to Shenley Cricket Centre for the final of the Gifford Cup in the first week of the holiday where they won a close final against Ilford County High. To win both was a great achievement. Congratulations to the team.


Congratulations to Maia and Sasha Webb and Tom Hickson on coming 1st (age 13-15) in the Hever Castle Triathlon last term. Also to Georgie White who 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