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Alleyn's School is a 4–18 mixed, 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)Black, White, Red             
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

Alleyn's charges up to £6,617 per term, with three terms per academic year. However money is raised each year to fund the bursary in order to help a proportion of students from families of modest incomes enter the school. The Worshipful Company of Saddlers agreed in 1970 to provide funds to support the school and this association continues with the investiture of Saddler's Scholars each year.



Edward AlleynEdit

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

May 2009 H1N1 flu casesEdit

On 4 May 2009, six children in Year 7 were diagnosed with Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 2009 swine flu outbreak.[8] The school was closed for one week to contain the outbreak and exams were rescheduled. All pupils and staff were offered a course of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, distributed from the school. All the infected pupils responded to treatment, and were named with quotes in the newspapers.[9]



The Revd J. H. Smith 1882–1902
Herbert B. Baker 1902–1903
Francis Collins 1903–1920
Ralph B. Henderson 1920–1940
C. R. Allison 1940–1945
S. R. Hudson 1945–1963
Charles W Lloyd 1963–1966
John Lewis Fanner 1967–1975
Derek A. Fenner 1976–1992
Dr. Colin H. R. Niven 1992–2002
Dr. Colin Diggory 2002–2010
Dr. Gary Savage 2010–

Notable staffEdit

  • The novelist Edward Upward was an English master at Alleyn's from 1932 to 1961.
  • The former rural rebranding government specialist Dr Michael B. Stevens is currently a Geography master at Alleyn's. 2016-present.
  • The former England Football manager and current Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was a PE master at alleyns. 1971-1973.
The new library building was opened in 2002 by the then poet laureate Andrew Motion.
Playing in the snow, January 2007

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.[10]

Extra-curricular activitiesEdit

Two Alleyn's students playing Fives

The school has one of the largest Combined Cadet Forces in the country.[11]

Alleyn's Old Boys and GirlsEdit


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