About Alleyn’s​

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

Headmaster's Welcome

"Tracing our roots back to Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift founded in 1619, we moved to our own 30-acre site on Townley Road in 1887 and became fully co-educational in 1976. Alleyn’s is one of the first schools of its type to make the move to full co-education and it remains a hallmark of our ethos that boys and girls should learn and grow together working under and with a body staff who reflect the same value. We believe firmly that learning together provides the best framework for boys and girls to excel at school; to discover new ideas, skills and enthusiasms; and to prepare for university, the world of work and life in general. A burgeoning series of links with other schools, universities and charities, both locally and overseas, provides further opportunities to enrich that learning in different contexts, and to make new friends. 

 

Alleyn’s is lucky to be able to offer opportunities for growth both inside and outside the classroom, providing a wonderful range of opportunities for pupils to learn new things and skills, extend their horizons and experience, and develop a lifelong love of learning. To this end, we have introduced an integrated course in pursuing what learning and stretching oneself is about at Key Stage 3. We have recently increased the number and quality of visiting speakers coming into school and created new opportunities for pupils to develop their ideas in extended project work. We offer other chances for pupils to take initiatives, do new things and lead others in activities they enjoy. We think this sense of purpose is easy to see, and it is achieved without compromising the co-educational warmth which makes us the successful and happy school that we are and wish to remain. 

 

Alleyn's School is dedicated to achieving educational excellence through inclusion. A wide range of scholarships and means-tested bursaries supports our approach, allowing us to offer places to those pupils most able to benefit from an Alleyn's education, irrespective of financial means. 

 

We are very proud of our pupils, who leave us not only with excellent examination results and places at some of the country’s top universities, but also with a strong sense of mutual respect, social responsibility, concern for the needs of others and confidence in their own ability to make a difference. As our recent ISI inspection report (2013) concluded: “The quality of the pupils’ personal development is outstanding by the time they leave Alleyn’s and this is a great strength of the school. Pupils are well-rounded individuals who are self-assured, articulate and confident in social situations.”  We hope you will be able to see us in action soon. You will find our pupils bright, friendly, open-minded and considerate. They get on with their teachers and enjoy finding their feet in the various things they do in a very busy school day. They leave us confident in their own independent ideas, but with grounded values and a wider sense of the world in which they live. 

 

I am very proud to say that Alleyn's is a fantastically friendly, well-balanced and, therefore, happy school." 

 

Mr Andy Skinnard

Headmaster

Mr Skinnard was educated in Plymouth, before reading Theology at the University of Oxford, where he won an academic scholarship. After university, he entered teaching and Alleyn’s is his fourth school, previously having taught at Charterhouse, been a Head of Department at RGS, Guildford and the Head of Sixth Form at Sevenoaks School.

Andy became Senior Deputy Head at Alleyn’s after being Head of Upper School for 10 years.  He is married to Beth and has three children. He plays jazz music in a band that was formed while he was at Oxford in the 1980s. He cycles regularly, supports Plymouth Argyle and is a member of the MCC, enabling his love of cricket to be fed at the home of the game in Lord’s. 

Alleyn's Headmaster Andy Skinnard in the School Quad

"We are very proud of our pupils, who leave us not only with excellent examination results and places at some of the country’s top universities, but also with a strong sense of mutual respect, social responsibility, concern for the needs of others and confidence in their own ability to make a difference."