At Alleyn’s we recognise the importance of managing the transition from primary to secondary school carefully to ensure that life in senior school starts positively.
The pupils in Years 7 and 8 have their own Lower School building that was opened at the start of 2018. The building is bright and spacious with 12 large classrooms, an atrium and a flexi space. Outside, Lower School pupils have a dedicated playground with generous space for socialising and play.
The Head of Lower School oversees the pastoral care and is assisted by two Deputy Heads of Lower School, Assistant Head of Lower School and the Lower School Administrator. Lower School pupils have the same form tutor for two years who is the lynchpin of the pastoral system. This structure helps to foster good relationships and provide a sense of stability.
There is a multitude of co-curricular clubs and societies available to pupils in the Lower School to ensure that they are just as busy outside the classroom as they are in it.
There are opportunities to promote leadership as each form has a Form Captain who is elected by the pupils, a new one being chosen each term. There is also a chance to represent other pupils by taking part in a variety of Lower School and Whole School committees.
Throughout the School each form spends some time every week with their form tutor for Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE). This is complemented by work that pupils do during their Alleyn’s Learners’ Programme (ALP) lessons, where in Year 7 and 8 there is great emphasis on exploring how individuals learn and think.
We recognise that inevitably there will be moments when pupils need some extra support in school. For pupils wishing to discuss personal matters the School Nurses, our Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain, counsellors and the Upper School pupils who oversee Lower School Chat are on hand to offer guidance and support. We also encourage an open and honest line of communication between parents and the Lower School Team.
MrS Liz Thornton
Head of Lower School
‘It’s so nice to have our own space, every day we come in and it feels like a second home.’
Martha, Year 7