Alleyn's School

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Alleyn's School is a 4–18 co-educational, independent, Church of England, day school and sixth form in Dulwich, London, England. It is a registered charity and was originally part of the Alleyn's College of God's Gift charitable foundation, which also included James Allen's Girls' School (JAGS), Dulwich College and their affiliate schools (JAPS and Alleyn's Junior School).[4] The school is also listed in the Good Schools Guide.[5]

Alleyn's School
Alleyn's School, Dulwich.jpg
The school in 2007
Townley Road, Dulwich

SE22 8SU

Coordinates51°27′17″N 0°04′55″W / 51.45472°N 0.08194°W / 51.45472; -0.08194Coordinates: 51°27′17″N 0°04′55″W / 51.45472°N 0.08194°W / 51.45472; -0.08194
TypeIndependent day school
MottoGod's Gift
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1619 (1619) as part of Edward Alleyn's College of God's Gift, although separated from Dulwich College in 1882[1]
FounderEdward Alleyn
Local authoritySouthwark London Borough Council
Department for Education URN100864 Tables
HeadmasterGary Savage[2]
Age range4–18
Enrolment1,252 (2019)[3]
Colour(s)White and black         
AffiliationAlleyn's College of God's Gift
AlumniAlleyn's Old Boys and Girls
Charity Commission. Alleyn's School, registered charity no. 1057971.
Alleyn's School


Edward AlleynEdit

Edward Alleyn, founder of the School

In 1619, Edward Alleyn established his 'College of God's Gift' (the gift of love) with twelve poor scholars.[6][7] Alleyn's School is a direct descendant of Edward Alleyn's original foundation and was established as a boys' school in 1882. It still exists as part of a foundation alongside Dulwich College and JAGS; it split with Dulwich College after the 'Dulwich College Act' of 1857, with the upper school of the original foundation moving to a new site further south and the lower school staying put, becoming an independent boys' school in 1882 and later also moving to its own site.

The original school is now the foundation chapel and the offices for the Dulwich Estate, which belongs to the foundation schools.[6] Alleyn's became a public school with the election of the Headmaster to the Headmasters' Conference (HMC) in 1919. It was a direct grant grammar school from 1958 until the abolition of that status in 1975. The Governors then opted for outright independence and co-education.

The College of God's GiftEdit

For the original College of God's Gift, 24 students had to be chosen from the four parishes with which Edward Alleyn had been connected. Saint Giles, Camberwell (in which Dulwich was situated), Saint Saviour, Southwark (where the Bear Pit stood on Bankside), Saint Botolph, Bishopsgate (where Alleyn was born), and Saint Giles, Cripplegate (home to the Fortune Theatre).[6]

Front of the main building of Alleyn's School

The Edward Alleyn BuildingEdit

Building work commencing on the new Edward Alleyn Building

Alleyn's started developing a new theatre complex, named the Edward Alleyn Building, on 10 February 2007. The £8.5million building was completed in 2008 and had a Grand Gala Opening in 2009.[8]

Extra-curricular activitiesEdit

Two Alleyn's students playing Fives

The school has one of the largest Combined Cadet Forces in the country.[9]

Alleyn's Old Boys and GirlsEdit


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