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Pupils Info

Gender – Co-Ed School
Age range – Age 4-18
Number of pupils on roll – 1218 Pupils


Oxbridge Entrance Percentage: 23%
Senior: £5,289 per term (£15,867 p.a.)
Junior: £4,665 per term (£13,995 p.a.)
A* to B at A-Level Percentage: 93%


One of the nicest things about Alleyn’s is its modesty: despite its students regularly achieving 93% from A* to B at A Level, the school describes its tip-top position in the League Tables as ‘a happy accident’. One of the great strengths of the school is that it values each department equally: maths geniuses are just as treasured as rugby stars. It is consequently the perfect school for South London go-getters, though it takes students from all over the city. The other brilliant thing is its grounds: 26 acres of pitches, mean that the intensity of the classroom is diluted at break time and in sports sessions when the school spreads out and lets off steam.

Background and Reputation

With such great academic results inevitable comes a level of stress, yet Alleyn’s seems to have got the hang of getting their students through their school careers smoothly. This has a lot to do with the pastoral care system which is very strong, as well as the school ethos that every pupil be viewed individually: there is no set bench-mark which all have to meet. This is borne out in the strength of their departments: drama is off the chart excellent and the art block bears an uncanny resemblance to the Royal Academy. The school, though old (it is a descended from the College of God’s Gift, established by Elizabethan actor, Edward Alleyn in 1619) and striking to look at, has an informality to it rarely found at large country public schools. What is more unique still is the happy relations enjoyed between the students and their teachers: lessons are competitive and sometimes noisy rather than disruptively rowdy.

Academic and Exit Results

Academia and exams are taken seriously, and the Alleyn’s boys and girls are a brainy bunch. For their 2012 A Levels, 33% achieved A, 79 A-A and 93.2 A* to B. The 2012 GCSE results were no less impressive, 57% of all grades were A, 91%, A to A and 99.9% A* to C. Unsurprisingly students overwhelmingly go onto Higher Education, 20% getting places at Oxbridge.

Social and Pastoral

Pastoral care is done very well at Alleyn’s: the school which is divided in to three sections: junior, senior and sixth form is then further divided into forms and houses. What this means is that each student has a choice of who they approach should they have a problem, as well as multiple people looking out for their welfare. As is common with large co-ed schools Alleyn’s is relatively inward looking socially. Though students will know pupils at their brother and sister schools, Dulwich and JAGS, Alleyn’s students often come as a unit. This is not as insular as it sounds, for Alleyns has a long history of taking students from a huge range of different backgrounds, so there will be a diversity to the friends students make during their time at Alleyn’s.

Sport, Art, Music and Drama

One of the best things about sport at Alleyn’s is that unlike other big schools, where boys and girls are funneled into the main sports like hockey, rugby and cricket, and tend to fall by the way-side if they are not picked for the school teams, at Alleyn’s there is a huge array of sports on offer which grows with each year that students progress through the school. They start with swimming, football, hockey, netball, basketball, gymnastics, dance, water polo, cross country, fives, tennis, athletics, rounders and cricket. By the middle school they have the choice of fencing, trampolining, badminton and volleyball; and by the Upper School girls and boys can do, weight training, squash, golf and horse riding. Though the school has a firm ethos of sports for all, the first school teams reach staggering heights: the under-14 girls are national schools water-polo champions, while the first XI football team won the Elgin league cup and were narrowly pipped to the ISFA title. For such an academic school, perhaps it is surprising that art should be so strong. Or then again maybe not. Alleyn’s pupils seem to apply the same work ethic and intensity to the sculptures, paintings and installations churned out in the art department, as they do to their studies in the classroom. The results are top-knotch; and the art department (a creative feat in itself) is always packed with work of the highest quality and imagination. Unsurprisingly, this translates into some very high-end GCSE and A Level results. Music is a big thing at Alleyn’s; this is attested to by the huge music center, The Hooper Music School, which among many other things boasts a 30 Apple Mac computers, a well-equipped 24-channel recording studio music technology suite. The choirs, orchestras and bands produced by the school live up to their surroundings: with quality ensured by annual re-auditions (there is no chance to become complacent) the standard that these groups reach is sky-soaringly high, and tickets to their frequent recitals are often jealously coveted. With very strong ties to the National Youth Orchestra (a former Alleyn’s drama master founded it) it is no surprise that drama at Alleyn’s is very strong. The school has it’s own theatre company, “the Bear Pit Theatre” which tours at the Edinburgh Fringe every year, and even takes tours to New York. There is no shortage of ways to get involved with the Drama Department at Alleyn’s: there are generally three big school productions every year, a musical every other year and numerous smaller shows. While to choose to take drama as an academic subject is virtually to ensure that you achieve a very high grade, such is the level of teaching at the school.


Clubs and Societies play a big role in life at Alleyn’s, whether it is their huge CCF force, the extremely popular Duke of Edinburgh programme, most students will be involved in at least one activity outside of the classroom. There are over 50 different clubs to join, of a very wide variety; sometimes run by staff and sometimes by the students themselves.

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