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...


Welcome to our first Scientist-in-Residence

Dr Adam Rutherford, has joined the School, where each week he will be 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.”


Forthcoming Talks

Friday 20th March: Dr Shubulade Smith,Psychology Society.

Friday 20th March: Zachary Brubert, AOB, How to Solve Problems and Discover New Laws of Nature.

Major Eric Randall, MBE

It was with great sadness that the School has learned of the death of Major Eric Randall, MBE, who was School Serjeant at Alleyn’s between 1948 and 1993. Major Randall was a larger-than-life figure around the School for many decades, and is keenly remembered by many former pupils, particularly those who were members of the Combined Cadet Force. The whole Alleyn’s community honour Major Randall’s memory, salute his service, and send its condolences to his family at this sad time. Details of the funeral can be found on the Alumni website here.


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

Secondhand Uniform Sale: Saturday 6th June.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

National Science & Engineering Week

Despite the the theme for the week being Discovering Astronomy and the Stars it was a bit difficult to see the full effect of the partial eclipse in Dulwich (although there were some enthusiasts on the fields).

But there were most interesting and entertaining talks about neutron stars and Dr Rutherford spoke in assemblies. Pupils used the Science Dome on site all week. 

Top Marks in Geography

The Royal Geographical Society have acknowledged the achievement of Oscar Deal who gained the top mark in the GCSE OCR Geography exams in June 2014.

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.


The new Science Block takes shape

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

Academic Interns

We welcome three more 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.


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.

Girls' Football

It is part of our responsibility as an ISFA Focus School to support the FA and ISFA with their initiatives in order to best serve the development and progress of football in England. This year’s focus for the footballing governing bodies has been girl's/women's football and while this has always had a niche at Alleyn’s we pushed on this year in both the Junior and Senior schools. The U13 girls in particular demonstrated an impressive set of results that saw them gain victory after victory on their way to the ESFA Playstation National cup quarter-finals.

The girls did fantastically well to reach the final eight schools in the country and battled bravely in a narrow but thrilling 4-3 defeat. This achievement is all the more remarkable given their 45 minutes of training a week fitted around their many other commitments both in and out of the classroom and that they had to beat sports specialist schools and even football academies on the way.

The girls now look forward to the summer where they hope to retain Alleyn’s title as ISFA London champions.

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.

U19 Water Polo

Our U19shave 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

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.

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.

U12 Boys' Hockey

Well done to our U12 teams in the London Cup: the U12A team were runners-up and the U12B team were champions.



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