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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Warning: Roadworks

If you are coming to Alleyn's by car please be aware that the junction of Townley Road with East Dulwich Grove is still closed to all vehicular traffic. 

Access to the School may be made via Townley Road, entering from either Lordship Lane or Calton Avenue.


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.

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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. 

All proceeds from the concert will benefit Brass for Africa, of which Alison is patron. The charity's mission is 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. 

The first half will be a trumpet and piano recital with outstanding pianist Tom Poster followed, after the interval, by a brief presentation about the charity and Alison will be introducing some very special guests to play with her including virtuoso jazz trumpeter Guy Barker. There are a limited number of VIP tickets which will include a 6.00 - 7.00 p.m. pre-concert reception hosted by Alison.

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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

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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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.


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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Mr Alan Berry

We are sorry to report that former Head of Boys' PE, Mr Alan Berry, passed away in August. Alan came to Alleyn's in 1972 and will be remembered by generations of pupils, and footballers in particular, as an inspirational and determined coach. He played a major role in London Schools football. He retired in 1996, and his wife, Jean, pre-deceased him. He has two children, Graham (who attended Alleyn's) and Nicky, and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time. 

A service is to be held at Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground, near Christchurch, Dorset on Monday 7th September at 12.30 p.m. Further details, and a message passed to us by Alan’s son Graham can be found here.


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.


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."

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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.

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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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U12 Cricket Season ends 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.


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