Alleyn’s School

Edward Alleyn Club


Welcome to the website of the Edward Alleyn Club, the society for all former pupils of Alleyn's School, Dulwich. Please browse through our pages to learn what's going on at the Club, read about reunions and events, and keep in contact with the Club, the School and your fellow AOBs and AOGs.

Members' News

Lord Kakkar appointed Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission

Chairman of Governors, Professor the Lord Kakkar (Ropers ’82), has been appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the independent House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Lord Kakkar is Professor of Surgery at University College London was appointed an independent non-party-political peer by the House of Lords Appointments Commission in 2010 and is a member of EU Sub-Committee B. He is Chair of the Health Honours Committee, a member of the General Medical Council and he is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

The House of Lords Appointments Commission is a non-statutory advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages. The Commission’s remit is to find people of distinction who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The Commission recommends individuals on merit and their ability to contribute effectively to the work of the House. The Commission also vets nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, for propriety.

The Prime Minister commented: 'I am pleased to appoint Lord Kakkar to this role. The committee will benefit hugely from his vast experience and integrity.”

Edward Alleyn Club Gap Year awards

The Edward Alleyn Club offers financial support to current Year 13 pupils of Alleyn's who wish to undertake voluntary service projects after they leave school, either during the summer vacation or in their year off before starting work or university. Please follow this link to find out how to apply.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 2 April

AOB Football Club (1888-2013) 125th Anniversary Dinner

To celebrate 125 years of football the AOBFC is holding a celebratory dinner at the end of this season – the details of which are as follows:

Date: Saturday 26 April 2014
Venue: Dulwich & Sydenham Golf Club

Tickets are likely to be limited and so, please book your ticket at your earliest opportunity. For further details, please email Keith Rodwell (Tn 1956-64).

Save the date for the Summer Reunion!

If you were in the classes of  (or taught) the classes of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, this summer there will be a combined reunion at Alleyn's School on Saturday 14 June from 11am-3.30pm.

Save the date emails have gone out to all those alumni for whom we have contact details. The reunion is for those alumni who were in the classes of 1947-54, 1957-64, 1967-74, 1977-84, 1987-94, regardless of when they joined (e.g. 13+) or when they left (e.g. at aged 16). To see if you belong to any of these classes - or know someone who might, follow the above links.

Our records are, alas, by no means complete so please help in spreading the word about the reunion - for no-one likes to miss out on a party!

New Year's Honours list

Congratulations to John Pullinger (Bn 1970-76, pictured above) on becoming a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services to Parliament, following a long career in official statistics and his role as Librarian of the House of Commons. His voluntary service to the community was also commended.

Sixty years of friendship!

Nine AOBs, who all met at the school gates in Townley Road in the 1950s, joined forces to celebrate their 75th birthdays at the EAC Clubhouse. It was a delightful occasion and they were joined by no fewer than 34 fellow AOBs of the 1950s’ era, not to mention a further scattering of younger AOB friends who didn’t want to miss out on the party.

The birthday boys were: Keith Bantick, Chris Briere-Edney, Andre Cutress, Ray Devonshire, Peter Jackson, Peter Koolhaas-Revers, Robert Shedden, Ray Stiles and Alan Williams.

‘Nobody loves life like an old man’ – Sophocles

Club's Annual Dinner

Friendliness abounded at the School for the Club's 117th Annual Dinner held on Saturday 16 November. President and former Headmaster Dr Colin Diggory passed on the presidential medal to governor Dr Frances Bowen (S 1977-84).

To see photographs from the night, please follow this link.

Autumn issue of Edward Alleyn Club Magazine out

Highlights from this issue include:

• House Music
• What alumni miss most about Alleyn’s
• Summer reunion
• Alleyn’s in the 1950s
• Alumni news

Alleyn's in the 1950s

The third report in our oral history series, ‘Alleyn’s in the 1950s’ is now available.

At 276 pages long – including photographs and images from the time – it opens a window onto some of the events and personalities which characterised the School some sixty years ago.

Follow this link to download a copy; if you prefer a hard copy, you can purchase one online for £10 (£18 for non-UK addresses); alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to ‘Alleyn’s School’ and send it to the Development and Alumni Office, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU.

Latest Alleyn's alumni ebulletin ready for viewing

The Trinity term issue of the Alleyn's alumni ebulletin is now available for viewing. 

Highlights include rekindled friendships, blasts from the past, a request for degree news and details of up-coming events.

In the 'Nostalgia Alleyn's' section, you can view a 1987 ITV News item featuring the late Derek Fenner, the School's Headmaster (1976-92), dressed in cricket whites, answering questions about the government's Assisted Places Scheme.


Summer Reunion 2013

On 15th June nearly 100 AOBs, AOGs, former staff and current prefects braved uncertain weather conditions and came to School to celebrate their time here at Alleyn's. Former pupils from the year of 1953,'63, '73, 83' and '93 assembled and enjoyed a tour around the School.


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