"We very much hope that our School and local community will want to join with us throughout 2019 - we look forward to welcoming you all."
2019 was an extraordinary year for Alleyn's marking the 400th anniversary of Edward Alleyn's College of God's Gift, founded in Dulwich by the celebrated actor, entrepreneur and benefactor.
In the four centuries since 1619, Edward Alleyn's original vision for exceptional education developed into several schools across London, as well as the original Chapel and Almshouses in Dulwich. At Alleyn's, we wanted to celebrate that astonishing story, and to build an enduring legacy which echoes our Founder's own.
We were delighted that our School and wider community joined with us throughout 2019, starting with our Service of Commemoration at Westminster Abbey, as we commemorated 400 years of history, welcomed the community for the free All@Alleyn's programme of performances, workshops and lectures, and launched our 400th Anniversary Campaign: Growing Bursaries for the Future.
This ambitious fundraising campaign sought to dramatically extend our bursary provision for girls and boys; widening access to Alleyn’s School for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Supported by a line-up of dedicated Ambassadors drawn from the wider Alleyn's community, the Campaign raised funds to increase means-tested bursary provision in the years to come (currently, around 10% of pupils in the Senior School receive means-tested help with fees).
Below you can read stories, thoughts and photos from throughout the year. You can also purchase a range of anniversary merchandise, including a commemorative publication, reusable water bottle and KeepCups, here.
Alleyn's marks 400th anniversary of Edward Alleyn's foundation of his College of God's Gift
Campaign Ambassador Janie Yang's thoughts on our service of thanksgiving and commemoration.
Ambitious new bursary campaign aims to grow bursaries for the future.
A special memento - read the Order of Service from our service of thanksgiving and commemoration.
Listen to the Dean's Sermon given at the Westminster Abbey Service of Thanksgiving (audio file)
Alleyn's recent Service features on the Westminster Abbey website (links to external site)
Deputy Head Andy Skinnard inspires with 1619: A World of Ideas lecture
Our Donor Pin is given to donors supporting the 400th Anniversary Campaign.
Flower arrangers on showcasing their skills at Alleyn's Abbey service (links to external site)
London Life magazines include article on Alleyn's 400 in their February editions (links to external site)
Alleyn's 400 keepsakes now available with all profits donated to the Anniversary Campaign for bursaries
Head of Psychology Stephen Keeler captivates MCT audience with a journey into evil at latest All@Alleyn's event.
Sam's story shared as HMC focuses on partnership
The Big Reunion welcomed back Alleyn's alumni and former staff to Townley Road on 15 June to mark the School's 400 years of history.
Alleyn's generations past and present came together for a service at Christ's Chapel as part of The Big Reunion.
Our Secret Postcards Event on 3 October brings together artworks from the whole Alleyn's community, including leading creatives, alumni, students and former parents.
We are delighted to welcome back to School an enthusiastic group of recent leavers to make up our team of callers for the 2019 Telephone Campaign.
With over £100,000 raised in over two weeks and more than 500 participants, we’d like to say ONE HUGE THANK YOU!
Secret Postcards will include pieces by leading creatives as well as talented pupils, alumni, parents and staff.