The school describes itself as a 'progressive, kind and happy learning community with a unique buzz, dedicated to playing a positive role in the world around us and to widening access through our transformational bursary scheme.'
Head Jane Lunnon says: 'When children are happy, of course, they do well. And we are very proud of the truly outstanding exam results which our pupils achieve. But rather like the original Renaissance scholars, we see exam results as a by-product of the education we offer, not the central goal.'
'Instead, we seek to open the hearts and minds of our pupils. We encourage them to approach the acquisition of knowledge as a great adventure; to be generous and reflective in their study and to recognise that learning doesn't stop when you leave the classroom, or even, when you leave the School.'
Attain asked the school, what makes Alleyn's different – and why should parents consider it?
Where 400 years of heritage and tradition meet the liberal energy of southeast London!
Alleyn's is a leading co-educational independent school with a history of outstanding academic achievement and co-curricular success, and which enjoys first-class facilities within its 28-acre campus, including a professional theatre and excellent sporting amenities including a pool, athletics track and Astroturf.
Alleyn's celebrated outstanding 2022 examination results; over 56% of GCSE grades at top grade 9 and 55% of A level grades at A*. 83% of Upper School students progressed to first-choice universities, many advancing to prestigious centres of learning in the UK (Russell Group, Oxbridge) and overseas (Harvard).
Head Jane Lunnon describes Alleyn's as: "a school at ease with itself, where there is space for our young people to be whoever they want to be, try new things and discover who they are in a highly supportive, generous and friendly community built on mutual trust and respect."
Alleyn's warmly welcomes applications from children of all backgrounds, offering means-tested bursaries at 11+ and 16+ for those who need help with school fees. There are also scholarships for academic excellence, art, drama, music, DT and sport.
The school is a registered charity managed by a board of governors. Read more on the Charity Commission website.
The school was last inspected in November 2021. Read the inspection reports on the school's website.
Jane Lunnon became Head of Alleyn's in 2021. She was previously Head of Wimbledon High School for six years and Senior Deputy at Wellington College.