Alleyn's School is an independent, fee-paying co-educational day school situated in Dulwich, South-East London. It was part of the historic Alleyn's College of God's Gift charitable foundation, which also included James Allen's Girls' School (JAGS), Dulwich College and as well as their daughter schools (JAPS, DCPS and Alleyn's Junior School). The official religion is Church of England. The Good Schools Guide rates Alleyn's one of the best co-educational schools in the country due to its academic results and numerous facilities.
The Worshipful Company of Saddlers in the City became a generous sponsor of scholarships and new buildings after establishing a link with the school in 1970. Some of the original school buildings date from Alleyn's independence in 1882, but the School has followed a programme of continuous development since the 1970s.
The original school is now the foundation chapel and the offices for the Dulwich Estate, which belongs to the foundation schools. Alleyn's became a public school with the election of the Headmaster to the Headmasters' Conference (HMC) in 1919. It was a Direct Grant School from 1958 until the abolition of that status in 1975. The Governors then opted for outright independence and co-education.
Because the Masters and Wardens had to have the surname Alleyn, this limited the applicants mainly to family of Edward Alleyn. First, Thomas Alleyn, a cousin of Edward took the post of Master in 1629, followed by Mathias Alleyn in 1631. His son, John, succeeded as Master in 1669.
It was not easy for the Foundation to run smoothly. The four parishes, as beneficiaries, were always claiming "rights" from the Foundation estates. Separately, the Masters generally seemed very unsuitable people to have in control of the College. A notable exception to this was James Allen who eventually formed James Allen's Girls' School (which was at the time for poor boys and girls in Dulwich, however subsequently has become exclusively a girl's school by an Act of Parliament in 1841.
On the roll were 240 boys from seventeen local schools (114 from Alleyn's) and eleven masters from six schools. The Acting Headmaster (taking over from C. R. Allison) was C. Hack, and the Second Master (who subsequently became headmaster) was C. F. Tyson. The rest of Alleyn's was evacuated to Rossall.
The school was divided into houses as before. Games were played, fives was taught to newcomers and holidays were filled with "Holiday Clubs". The fields were used for sport, however some became unusable due as the old elm trees were felled by the blast. Underground shelters were dug between the running track and Woodwarde Road for use by local residents. The shelters for the pupils were in the basement (now home to the Maths Department), and lessons were frequently undertaken here due to enemy air activity.
The Royal Air Force housed their barrage balloon crews in the local brick and concrete buildings at the bottom of the school fields. The huge balloons would constantly overshadow the school's main building, and, at times, settled on the School's roof.
All staff had to undertake fire watching at nights and at the weekends. In 1942 the General Schools Certificate (GSE) was undertaken whilst the lights were failing and bombs dropping. Despite this, fourteen received Matriculation and five the Certificate.
|The Revd J. H. Smith||1882-1902|
|H. B. Baker||1902-1903|
|R. B. Henderson||1920-1940|
|C. R. Allison||1940-1945|
|S. R. Hudson||1945-1963|
|C. W. Lloyd||1963-1966|
|J. L. Fanner||1967-1975|
|D. A. Fenner||1976-1992|
|Dr. C. H. R. Niven||1992-2002|
|Dr. C. Diggory||2003-Present|
Since 1970, Alleyn's has had continuous development, both in physical buildings but also in the facilities it offers. A new lower-school building was built in 1975, followed by the swimming pool/gym complex. In 1983 the new Sports Hall was created, which is now a prominent feature of the school. In 1990 (completed in 1992) the new Music School and Junior School were added.
The Junior School was subsequently opened to 200 boys and girls aged from 4 to 11, and is successful for preparing entry into the Senior School (and other, external schools) in a supportive atmosphere tailored to the children's needs, participating in a great range of activities through a structured timetable.
The Great Hall was refurbished in 2000 and in 2002 the new library was opened. A new theatre complex is planned for late 2008, with construction starting in the summer of 2007.
The facilities that are offered at the school have increased in par with the buildings. The addition of the Lower School meant that the students in the lowest two years (7 and 8) could be educated semi-separately from the rest of the school, providing a sheltered environment. The swimming pool block and sports hall have increased the facilities for the physical education activities run at the school, as have the music school and expanded library for musical activities and a general work area respectively.
Alleyn's is currently developing a new theatre complex, named the Edward Alleyn Building. Building started on 10 February 2007 and is planned to finish before Founders Day (28 June) in 2008. The building will include a state-of-the-art theatre, conference facilities, dance studio, a new café and a sixth form study area.
Alleyn's has a strong record in sports, and caters for every level of enthusiasm and ability. The sports hall, swimming pool and the new all-weather surface for hockey and tennis enable everyone to enjoy games periods even in winter. Sport for all and physical fitness are seen as preparation for a healthy and active life.
During the first year pupils are introduced to a variety of sports: swimming, football, hockey, netball, basketball, gymnastics, dance, water polo, cross country, fives, tennis, athletics, rounders,Fencing, and cricket. Trampolining, badminton and volleyball are introduced in the Middle School. In the Upper School, weight training, squash, golf, and horse riding are added to the list of sports available.
There is regular county and regional representation in gym, swimming, hockey, cricket, badminton, fencing, basketball, fives, judo, netball, football, athletics, cross country.
Extracurricular sport at Alleyn's extends to regular sports tours at home and abroad. In addition to the annual school ski trip the last 18 months has seen a boys' cricket tour to Barbados (July), a girls' hockey and netball tour to Barbados (October), a mixed hockey tour to the Netherlands (October), a boys footbal tour to the Netherlands (October) and boys football tour to Duisburg in Germany (August).
After the separation from Dulwich College, Alleyn's was initially not allowed to play rugby football. Upon the split the two schools played a rugby match to determine which school would have the right to play the game. When Dulwich College won they confirmed their right to play rugby, whilst Alleyn's would play association football. Alleyn's did make tentative moves towards introducing rugby football very briefly in the late 1970s when the then chaplain (a keen rugby player) set up a team and began organising matches. There was little interest, however, and the attempt did not survive the chaplain's retirement. Especially as the matches played resulted in severe losses despite valiant attempts by the team. This explanation contradicts the popular rumor that Rugby stopped at Alleyn's in the 1970s due to a boy breaking his neck and dying when a scrum collapsed. another attempt was made to introduce rugby in 2007/8 when a DT teacher, Mr MacMillan, showed enthusiasm and began an exclusive lunchtime club. whilst the club ran through winter it never gained enough following or reached a high enough standard to form a team.
Scriblerus is published in early July, in conjunction with the end of the Trinity term. It is free of charge, as it is considered promotional material by the Senior Management Team.
|School Captain||Vice Captain||Vice Captain|
|Alexander Edgerley||Lucy Stooke||Courtney Yusuf|
The house system was inaugurated in 1907 during the Headmastership of F. Collins. It was at this time that the first six houses were created, with the latter two being added in 1921.
|House||Abbr.||Founded||House Colours||Current Administration|
|Bradings||Br||1907||Brown||Mr. G Reid||Hannah Ruddleston|
|Browns||Bw||1907||Green||Mr. R Alldrick||Kirsty O'Donnell|
|Cribbs||Cr||1907||Purple||Ms. S Connolly||Samuel Hayward|
|Duttons||Du||1921||Dark Blue||Mr. J Shelton||Gerrard Markes|
|Ropers||Ro||1907||Yellow||Mr. P Cochrane||Timothy Clark|
|Spurgeons||Sp||1907||Pink||Mr. L Geldeard||Peter Quicke|
|Tulleys||Tu||1907||Red||Mr. P Sherlock||Alice Aylward|
|Tysons||Ty||1921||Light Blue||Mr. N Green||Eliza Ackland|
Originally the house colours were not allowed to be any shade of blue, since this was the colour designated for Oxford and Cambridge and it were thought 'inappropriate' to have blue as a House colour as that was associated in one's mind with the two universities.
In 1921 when two new houses were created (due to their increasing role in the school but also to allow for knock-out sports and inter-house competitions), Henderson (the headmaster) had no qualms about the use of university colours, hence allowing them to use dark blue (Oxford) and light blue (Cambridge).
The colours denote the house-colour, which appears on the school tie for middle-school pupils and on the "house shirts" which are used during inter-house sports competitions. Until 1984 the colour was also found on the school cap (for boys). House badges were introduced in 2004.
Pupils with relatives who are either currently attending or have previously been pupils are allocated to the same house as those family members.
When house names are quoted on paper the apostrophe is almost always not included (e.g. Cribbs not Cribb's). Some believe this is because the house names are now disassociated with the original housemasters, so an apostrophe is not necessary.
Alleyns Lower School does not use the house system, but rather competes for ones class in 'inter-form competitions'. Pupils are then allocated a house at random (unless relatives are in or have been in the school in which case they are allocated to that house) in year 9, the beginning of the Middle School.