Facilities are regularly shared with local schools and community groups in order to support the work of their organisation. Specific details of each partnership supported can be found on the Schools Together website.
Local schools are provided access to facilities free of charge. During the past academic year, 16 schools have delivered a range of projects at Alleyn’s. These include regular use of the playing fields to host PE lessons, hosting sports fixtures, forest school activities and annual sports days, swimming lessons provided by our team of swimming teachers and numerous school plays and music productions held in the theatre with the support of our technical and creative team.
Throughout the year over 450 hours of access have been provided to local schools involving more than 2,500 children.
Local Community Groups
Charities and other organisations or projects that benefit the community – such as youth groups, social enterprises, and fundraisers - are regularly provided with access to our facilities free of charge or at a reduced rate. We support a diverse range of projects and continue to provide many hours of access each year to local community groups.
Some examples of the projects supported include:
- The British Red Cross host Dance: Make your Move in our theatre each April raising funds for the charity whilst enabling over 100 young people to perform on stage.
- Solidarity Sports hosted a sports day at Alleyn’s for children directly affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
- Resources for Autism used our sports pavilion at Burbage Road as a base to run their holiday play scheme giving parents and families caring for children with autism a few days respite.
- The National Youth Choir of Great Britain used the Alleyn's facilities for a weekend to rehearse prior to their performance at the BBC Proms with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
For other groups, our facilities are available for commercial hire through Alleyn's School Enterprises Limited, with the profits from such arrangements being gifted back to the School to support its charitable activities.
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"It provided a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform within a theatre environment and to invite all parents to a single performance. It allowed the whole school community to come together and celebrate the year. The children's confidence to perform on a stage setting grew throughout the experience."
- Jo Conduit – Principal, Harris School, East Dulwich
"The opportunity to use the theatre was very important to us. The children thoroughly benefited from the experience in terms of giving them an insight into future opportunities for music and drama at secondary school. The confidence we saw in the children was fantastic."
- Kathryn Farrelly – Phase Leader Years 5 and 6, Heber School
"The theatre is a dynamic venue that reaches out to the community, connecting to those who would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience theatre performance. It has been a highlight for our students."
- Harvey Eagles, Music Teacher, Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham