Alleyn’s School

Senior School

Co-educational, academic
excellence in a caring, friendly,
and welcoming community

Alleyn's Headmaster Dr Gary SavageWelcome to Alleyn's School

Alleyn's is one of the country’s leading HMC co-educational day schools, committed to achieving academic excellence within an ethos of strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curriculum.

This holistic approach to education aims to nurture every pupil, enabling each to fulfill his or her own potential while making lasting friendships and enjoying life to the full.

'A key theme of my Headship is academic enrichment, inside and outside the classroom, providing opportunities for pupils to extend their horizons, develop a lifelong love of learning and a keen appreciation of the life of the mind.'

Read more of Headmaster Dr Gary Savage's welcome message or his review of the year 2016-17 here.

Sunday Times School Guide 2018

Alleyn's is proud to be ranked in the top 25 of the recently published Sunday Times 2018 Schools Guide Top 25 UK Independent Secondary Schools.

Good Schools Guide

Alleyn's was recently visited by the Good Schools Guide. Read what they have to say about us.


ISI Compliance Inspection Report 2017

The most recent inspection of Alleyn’s by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) was undertaken in September 2017.

Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: "I am delighted by the fact that the School has successfully met every single standard and is judged to be fully compliant." Read the Headmaster's full statement and report here.

War Requiem: An Evening of Commemoration

Well done to the over 500 pupils, staff and friends of Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS who came together last night on the stage of Royal Festival Hall for a commemorative performance of Howell's Elegy followed by Britten's War Requiem.

The Joint Foundation Schools' Choir and Orchestra provided one of the largest such ensembles that has been seen on the RFH stage.

Performers were joined by guest professionals Jane Irwin (soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor) and Philip Tebb (baritone), on what was a wonderful night of community and commemoration. 

Our thanks go to all who have made this occasion possible, including our very own Director of Music Chris Dearmer, alongside Richard Mayo and Peter Gritton, Directors of Music at Dulwich College and JAGS respectively.

We look forward to sharing images of the event with you in due course.

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2017 A Level Results

41% of all grades awarded were A*, 77% were A* or A, and an impressive 92% of all grades achieved were A*, A or B. It was a standout performance for the School, with nearly 60% of the boys and girls achieving at least 3 A grades, and 29 individual students gaining 3 A* grades or better. 

Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: "As one of the country's top co-educational schools it is especially pleasing that our boys and girls performed equally well, with 41% of grades awarded A*. We are very proud of each and every one of them." Full report here.

Alleyn's WW1 commemorative site

As a commemoration to World War One Alleyn’s has launched a website that commemorates the role of Alleyn’s boys in WW1. So far 1,900 boys are listed and some have biographies. If your relative was an Alleyn’s Old Boy who fought in WW1 please do send us his story for inclusion on the website


Science Building

We were delighted that our RV Jones Science Building was formally opened in 2016. It features state-of-the-art labs, a rooftop observatory and a cloud chamber. RV Jones was a notable Alleyn Old Boy who is widely recognised for his scientific achievements and WW2 contribution.

Publication of the Foundation Schools Coach Service Study Report

The Report of a joint study between London Borough of Southwark (LBS) and The Dulwich Foundation Schools has recently been published. The Study explores the impact of the Schools Coach Service on local traffic arrangements, especially in relation to the proposed Quietway along Calton Avenue and congestion in Townley Road.


The Italian Ambassador

We were pleased to welcome His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Pasquale Terracciano to Alleyn's. 

He entertained us with stories of his career and provided plenty of food for thought when he spoke of Italy's economy and Brexit.

Alleyn's in the media

Click the heading to see a feature by Senior Deputy Head, Andy Skinnard, in London Life magazines, writing on well-being in schools.


Higher Education Offers

We were pleased that the picture of our students' higher education offers is once again extremely positive for the field of applicants from Alleyn’s.  


Arkwright Scholarship

Here is a Year 12 Design Technology student receiving his  Arkwright Engineering Scholarship award from his sponsor The Reece Foundation

"An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK, designed to inspire and nurture the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession".

Charity Presentation

Mr Alldrick, Housemaster of Brown’s House presents a cheque to Anne Lennox for £2,500 from all the members of Brown’s House to the Myotubular Trust. Funds were raised from cake sales, the last Founder's Day stall and their charity bike ride. Well done to everyone and it was a pleasure to be able to support this wonderful charity.

Remembering the Fallen

Alleyn's pupils are researching the lives of AOBs who fought in WWI as part of the WWI centenary commemoration.

Alleyn's Parents' Association

For information about the activities of the APA please click here.


John Pretlove

We are sad to announce the death of John Pretlove, former pupil, Governor and great friend of the Alleyn's community. John passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday. Below is a short tribute sent to us from his family. 

John Pretlove died peacefully on Sunday 1st April aged 85. As some of the Alleyn Old Boys will have known John had suffered from Alzheimer's for over 10 years. 

John's funeral will take place on Monday 23rd April at 11.00 a.m. at St Nicholas Church, Church Lane, Chislehurst BR7 5PE and afterwards at Chislehurst Golf Club, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst BR7 5HJ.

John's years at Alleyn's were remarkable for his sporting achievements in cricket, football and fives. He always talked warmly of his time at the school and of those that had encouraged his talents and of the friends he had made there. In his retirement years he served the school with great distinction as a Governor between 1998 to 2009 and was the President of the Alleyn Old Boys in 1996-97. He was instrumental in keeping Fives as a great Alleyn's tradition. 

John's wife Ann, daughter Sally and son David do hope that many Old Boys and those who knew John through the school will be able to celebrate his life at the service and join them afterwards to share memories of this most loyal of Old Boys. The school had meant so much to him.

Planting Wildlife Habitats in Dulwich Park

12/03/18 - Alleyn's Eco Committee enjoyed time in the great outdoors this weekend, planting over 70 metres of mixed deciduous hedge with over 300 plants in nearby Dulwich Park. Over the years this habitat will provide valuable homes to birds, insects and small mammals. 

Alleyn's: A Special Energy

"Parents tell me that our community has a wonderful 'buzz' about it." Educational consultancy Magus Education visited Alleyn's and asked Headmaster Dr Savage to describe the School. Read his thoughts here.

2017 GCSE Results

A stunning 68% of all grades achieved were at A*, with an equally striking 92% of all grades at A* or A. Of the grades awarded to the 142 pupils who make up the 2017 cohort, a fantastic 99% were A*, A or B.

Headmaster, Dr Savage said: “Alleyn’s boys and girls have once again excelled themselves in public examinations, and everyone at School is hugely proud of what they have achieved." Read the full report here.

Positive Nutrition for Life

Read Head of Food and Nutrition, James Sharpe's article on teaching young people the importance of healthy eating. It features in the January 2018 edition of SE21 and SE22 magazines.

Alleyn's Radio

29 Jan - Alleyn's Radio aired its third programme last week, treating listeners to an engaging discussion with Headmaster Dr Savage on war and remembrance. The Head also shared the inspiration for his love of history - a childhood spent exploring stately homes with his parents. Alleyn's Radio was launched and is run by Upper School students under the umbrella of the School's broad co-curriculum.

Alleyn's Sweet Readers

Boys and girls from Alleyn's have been working with elderly partners living with dementia, as part of the pioneering Sweet Readers programme. Alleyn's is the first school in the UK to participate in this scheme, in which  our pupils and care home residents engage with each other in a wonderful and mutually transformative exchange. For more on Alleyn's and Sweet Readers, visit Schools Together or view our photo gallery.

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Schools Together

We belong to the Schools Together Partnership, an ISC, DoE and ISSP backed-organisation that encourages collaboration between schools and local communities. Visit the STP site to read about our activities.


May Half-Term Holiday Camp - Tues 29 May to Fri 1 June

We're now taking bookings for the May half-term holiday!

A multi-sport and activity camp open to all children 5 - 12 years-old, from Year 1 and Year 7.


Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Upper School student Ella Standage gained a wonderful first place in the 2017 Christopher Tower poetry competition for her poem 'rosetta'.

This year’s theme of stone (for the 17th year of the competition) attracted over 1,000 entrants (all born between 1998 and 2001).


Two of our Year 9 pupils, Nikita and Daisy, on their first ever schools' debating competition, argued their way through to the ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters) Finals’ Day at the New College of the Humanities in Bloomsbury. This is particularly impressive as they have only recently started debating.

Local MTA charity @ MCT

As part of the National Theatre Connections Project, local charity Montage Theatre Arts (MTA) hired the MCT at Alleyn's on a community basis to rehearse and perform their production of I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here.


Team England win World Schools Debating Championships

Click here to see a short video about the success of the team which spent eight days in Germany and included Rosa Thomas of Alleyn's.

Up on the roof

Last year we observed two sunspots, AR2548 in the middle and the departing sunspot AR2546 from our wonderful observatory. The Sun’s daily activity can be tracked on this website as it does vary from day to day. We are using the Observatory, even in the day.

Alleyn's on Twitter

National Girls Fives Championships Win

We entered The National Girls’ Fives Championships at Marlborough College at two age groups: Under 13 and 14, with doubles and singles competitions at both, and we are proud to say we won all four to become National Champions in four competitions!

Congratulations to Carys (Year 8), Claudia (Year 6),  Lucy (Year 9), and Martha and Katie (both Year 9).

A great effort by all, who were, as always, a great credit to the School.

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CSLA Pass with Flying Colours

Congratulations to our 2018 CSLA (Community Sports Leadership Award) cohort from Year 12 who have put in many hours from way back in September working with Junior School pupils in a range of activities, including responsibility for running girl's football club. They all passed with flying colours and everyone got a free T-shirt!

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England Calling

Well done to Jude and Emily who have both been selected for international duty with England Water Polo teams.

Both were in action at the U17 EU Nations Water Polo competitions. The boys finished 4th and the girls secured a bronze medal.

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High Fives

We enjoyed fantastic Rugby Fives performances from Alleyn's players in the Nationals at St. Paul's Boys during the Easter break.

Alleyn’s U13s played singles and doubles and there were some outstanding achievements. Max in Year 7 finished as singles National runner up and this was followed by Max and Will, both Year 7, finishing as national runners up in the doubles - a fine effort!

The Year 9 squad showed impressive strength and depth. In the doubles, Harrison and Patrick defeated strong opposition, falling just a few points short of reaching the semi finals. Stuart and Jamie were just superb, and reached the final!

Congratulations to all who participated, including Jamie for great sportsmanship in the final, and to Gwydion who made history by winning both the U14 and U16 age categories. You were all great ambassadors for Alleyn's and we are very proud of you.

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U15s win Surrey Netball Tournament

15/03/18 - Well done to our U15 netball team who yesterday won the Surrey Netball Tournament. They played an incredible level of netball throughout the day, and then overcame Guildford in the final to secure their win. An outstanding achievement in what has been a fantastic week for sport at Alleyn's.

U18 Girls Progress to Football Finals

13/03/18 - Well done to our U18 girls, who today overcame King's Taunton 2-0 with a determined demonstration of footballing will and prowess. The girls now progress to the final of the Construction Cup, to be held next month.Go Alleyn's!

Lauren Goes for Glory

Many congratulations to Lauren in Year 8, who has been selected for the England U13 Epée squad! She will be representing England in the Challenge Wratislavia tournament in Poland in March 2018, the largest fencing tournament in Europe. Lauren works very hard and we all wish her very good luck. 

Mixed-team Sports - Why Gender Doesn't Matter

Alleyn’s has a long and successful tradition of mixed teams in sports, ranging from water polo to football. Our U12 cricket team, made up of boys and girls, recently won the London Cup.

Director of Sport Gavin English and Head of Lower School Stuart Turner recently talked to Independent School Parent magazine about mixed sport at Alleyn's. 

“The philosophy we’re working towards is if a girl or boy wants to access a sport we offer and can demonstrate the right sort of attitudes, attributes, physicality, technical ability and tactical awareness, they play,” says Mr English. “The world is multi-gendered and we want to reflect that in everything we do at school.”

Read the full article here

Fives: Congratulations

One of our Year 8 pupils became the youngest player ever to win the Midlands Eton Fives Festival Championships, held at Repton School over half-term. This is an adult tournament, in which he won  all seven matches on the second day, following a day of qualifying matches.

National Water Polo Successes

Last year we had a bumper few months for our boys', girls' and mixed water polo teams. Click here to read more.


U13 Cricket Cup Winners

The Under 13 Cricket team performed superbly to finish as London Cup winners for the second year in succession. They played Ilford County High School in the final at Blackheath Cricket Club and won by seven wickets.

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Registered office: Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU. Tel. 020 8557 1500.