The Historical Context
The School traces its history from the foundation in 1619 of Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift to the setting up of The Reading Schools (later the Dulwich Free School) in 1741 and, later, the creation of the Lower School in 1857. In 1882 this became Alleyn’s School as we know it today moving to Townley Road in 1887. Alleyn’s original charitable foundation consisted of a Master, Warden, four fellows, six poor brothers, six poor sisters and twelve poor scholars. Statutes stipulated ‘the scholars were entitled to stay until they were eighteen, to be taught in good and sound learning’ and ‘that they might be prepared for university or for good and sweet trades and occupations’.
Alleyn’s owes much to its past benefactors. Those who have remembered the School in their wills have bequeathed not only buildings, but also scholarships and sporting traditions, all contributing to the continued growth and development of the School. In many ways, the provision of a bequest to Alleyn’s in your will is the greatest gift of all. It signifies the belief you have in all that Alleyn’s stands for, and it creates a living testimony to that affection beyond your death.
Such a commitment to the future should not be recognised through acts of remembrance alone; instead, those who have chosen to endow that future should be both honoured and thanked in their lifetime. It is for this reason that we have created the Cornflower Club. Membership of the Club is open to all those who have signified their intention to make a bequest to the School. While recognising that such a decision is often private and personal, an event is held every year at which, in a discreet but meaningful way, we express our thanks and keep members abreast of current development plans. The School also draws upon the experience and wisdom of Club members to advise on its intentions for the future.