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.

A Level Results 2018

We are delighted to announce that our boys and girls have achieved outstanding A level results in 2018, continuing the School's tradition of exceptional attainment. The results are amongst our highest ever posted, and include our second-highest ever set of A* grades. Headline figures include:

  • 36% of all grades awarded were at A*
  • 74% of all grades awarded were at A* or A
  • 91% of all grades awarded were at A*, A or B.
  • 25 individual students gained 3 A* grades or better
  • 83 individual students received at least 3 A* or A grades

Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: “Our boys and girls have excelled themselves yet again, and everyone at School is immensely proud of all they have achieved. This is a wonderful set of results not only for our students and their parents, but also for our entire School community who all work so hard to inspire and support the girls and boys to deliver these fantastic outcomes. Alleyn’s is one of the very best co-educational schools in the UK, and I truly believe it is our holistic approach and co-educational ethos that ensures our Leavers make their way in the world as high-achieving, but also kind and well-balanced, young people.”

Posted 16/08/18. 


Speech Day 2018

The Headmaster shared his annual review of the academic year with pupils, parents, staff and governors at Alleyn's Speech Day, held at St Barnabas Church in Dulwich Village. The Headmaster was joined by guest speaker Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St Peter's College, Oxford, and former controller of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7. Mr Damazer presented pupils with School prizes, and spoke eloquently on knowledge, curiosity, and the importance of having "an instinct for kindness to go with your talent."


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.

RV Jones Science Lecture

Thank you Professor Anil Seth for coming to talk to us and our friends in the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SLLP) about the New Science of Consciousness. It was a fascinating lecture! If you missed it you can watch his Ted Talk here.

Posted 10.05.18

Eden Goes for Gold

Well done again to our amazing diving champion, Eden, who has been selected by British Swimming to join the British Team for the FINA Diving World Cup in China in June. Eden's diving achievements simply go from strength to strength, as she recently retained her British Junior Elite Championship title and has also been selected to compete for GB on a senior level in Canada this month. Good luck Eden!

U18 Girls: Team Spirit at Football Finals

Earlier this week the U18 girls' football team showed true determination and battling spirit during the national finals of the ISFA Cup. In what will be remembered as a particularly tough game, Alleyn's footballers remained committed throughout, before losing out to an extremely strong Bede's side. Congratulations to all the players that took part - and bring on next season!


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  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, presided over by our very own Director of Music Chris Dearmer, alongside Richard Mayo and Peter Gritton, Directors of Music at Dulwich College and JAGS respectively.


2017 A Level Results

41% of all grades awarded were A*, 77% were A* or A, and an impressive 93% 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.  


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.

Posted 27 Feb

Founder's Day Thank You

We were delighted that the sun joined us in celebrating Founder's Day with our pupils, parents, staff, alumni and local community. Visitors enjoyed market stalls, music, abseiling, funfair rides and much more, all raising funds for a range of School charities including Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Sparrow Schools Educational Trust. Thank you for joining us, and we hope you will join us again for an extra special Founder's Day in 2019, the 400th anniversary of our foundation!


Radio Update

Recent features on Alleyn’s radio include an interview with Beth Eastwood about her career as a science producer for BBC radio and interviews with samples of original pieces of music from D Rosé and F1, Nate Reid and Showers Jalloh. You can access these programmes and more via the Hub Under Clubs and Activities. 

Posted 04/06/18

DofE Gold Awards

Many congratulations to the 17 Alleyn's students who were presented with their Gold DofE Awards by the Earl of Wessex at Buckingham Palace – a huge achievement.

Posted 21.05.18

National Theatre Playwriting Success

The National Theatre has recently announced the longlist for its New Views playwriting competition. Happily, four pupils from Alleyn's have made the list, more than from any other participating school. The winning play will be announced in June, and produced by a professional cast and crew ahead of a performance in the Dorfman Theatre in July. Well done to Georgie, India, Aaron and Eve - and good luck!

Posted 17.05.18

Alleyn's International Concert Series: Delta Saxophone Quartet, Tuesday 19th June

The Delta Saxophone Quartet formed in 1984 and are recognised internationally for their exciting schedule of live performances and cutting edge recordings which blur the lines of musical categorization, often inspired by contemporary classical, jazz and rock music.  

'One of Europe's most distinguished new music ensembles' The Guardian

Details & tickets here.

To Touch, to Move, to Inspire

On the 26th of April 116 pupils took to the stage for the annual Alleyn’s Dance Show. The performance saw boys and girls from across all years showcase a variety of genres from musical theatre to bhangra or ballet. The finale, which involved all 116 dancers, was a reminder of just how many pupils are involved in Dance now at Alleyn’s. From start to finish the dancers showed enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism, and great talent. Well done to all who took part!

Posted 08.05.18

St John's, Smith Square

Always a highlight of the Alleyn's calendar, this year’s concert did not disappoint. An enrapt audience was treated to pieces from Beethoven and Bach to Barbershop and Gospel Choir. Well done to all our talented and dedicated musicians and singers – your hours of rehearsal reaped handsome rewards. Many thanks to Ned Bennett for such wonderful photos.

Posted 08.05.18

Book for the Summer - Alleyn's Holiday Camp

We're now taking bookings for the Summer holiday!

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


New Privacy Notice

Alleyn’s School is firmly committed to your privacy and the protection of your information. At Alleyn's, we gather the personal data of pupils, parents, staff and others under various circumstances for the legitimate purposes of running the School; our procedures ensure that the processing of this data is done transparently and safely, in order to adhere to both the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018 and the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK legislation which replaces the Act of 1998. 

 For further information about this, and to view our Privacy Notice, please click here. 

Top Spot for Alleyn's Athletes

Congratulations to Mabel and Oscar, pictured above, who currently top two of the national Power of 10 athletics rankings for their respective age group and event.

Mabel reached the top spot for U15 high jump with a leap of 1.70m, while Oscar ran a time of 55.87s in the U17 400 metre hurdles. Well done!

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. 

John Pretlove

John Pretlove, former pupil and Governor, 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 years at Alleyn's were remarkable for his sporting achievements in cricket, football and fives. 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.

The school had meant so much to John, and equally we remember and honour him as a great friend of the Alleyn's community.

The Independent recently ran an obituary, which you can read here.

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.

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.


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).

Alleyn's on Twitter

Third London Schools' Cricket Win

Alleyn’s  Under 13s won the London Cup on Friday, defeating UCS in the semi-final and Emanuel by 9 wickets in the final. It was a great final week of term, with Alleyn’s becoming London Cup winners at Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14. Well done to our dedicated young players.

Posted 09.07.18

Second London Schools' Cricket Win

It has been a great week for Alleyn’s Cricket. Following our U12 win of the London Schools’ Cricket cup on Monday, our Under 14s have just followed suit, defeating City of London School by six wickets in the final. They were, as always, a great credit to the School.

Posted 04/07/18

London Schools' Cricket Win

Alleyn’s hosted the Under 12 London Schools’ Cricket finals on 2 July. Our team won a close semi-final first against Latymer Upper and beat Dulwich College in a very close match in the final. What a great start to the final week of cricket; well done to all our young players!

Posted 04/07/18

Water Polo Success Finale

After an incredibly high standard U13 boys/mixed national water polo finals tournament in Northampton, we beat the competition to win yet another national championship! We have three national champion water polo teams at Alleyn’s now and could not be more proud of our dedicated and talented boys and girls – a great achievement following a great season!

Water Polo National Champions

What an excellent year we have had in water polo so far! Following outstanding performances in the ESSA water polo championships, our U13 and U15 girls beat all competition to become national champions, and our U18 girls were runners up! They are all outstanding sportswomen and a real credit to the School. 

Posted 03.05.18

Gymnastics National Finals

Our gymnasts had great fun at the National Finals at Fenton Manor, having done themselves, Alleyn's and the London region proud. London was placed third overall and the organisers remarked on our pupils' professional approach.

Posted 09.05.18

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.

Posted 23/4/18

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!

Posted 23/4/18

Water Polo: England Calling

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

Emily and Jude ready for England action

Both were in action at the U17 EU Nations Water Polo competitions. The boys finished 4th and the girls secured a well-deserved bronze medal - you can see Emily, below, with hers!

Emily with her bronze medal

Posted 20/04/18

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.

Posted 19/04/18

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.

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. 

Remembering Alleyn's WW1 Fallen

Alleyn's pupils reseached the lives of AOBs who fought in WWI as part of the WWI centenary commemoration. You can browse some of the fruits of their labour on our dedicated Alleyn's WW1 commemorative site.

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.

Alleyn's Parents' Association

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


Alleyn's School is a charitable company registered in England and Wales. Company No. 09401357. Registered Charity No. 1161864.
Registered office: Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU. Tel. 020 8557 1500.