Alleyn's School

Alleyn's School

The School in 2007
Motto God's Gift
Established 1619 as part of Edward Alleyn's College of God's Gift, although separated from Dulwich College in 1882.[1]
Type Public School
Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster G. Savage
Chairman of the Governing Board Iain Barbour
Founder Edward Alleyn
Location Townley Road
SE22 8SU
DfE URN 100864 Tables
Students 1,218
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–18
Houses 8 (See Houses)

Red, black, white and navy

Former pupils Alleyn's Old Boys / Girls
Affiliation Alleyn's College of God's Gift
Alleyn's School.

Alleyn's School is an independent, co-educational day school situated in Dulwich, south London, England. It is a registered charity[2] 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). The official religion is Church of England.[3] The school is also listed in the Good Schools Guide.[4]


Edward Alleyn

In 1619, Edward Alleyn established his "College of God's Gift" (the gift of love) with twelve pupils.[5][6] 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.[5] 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 Gift

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).[5]

Front of the main building of Alleyn's School.

May 2009 H1N1 flu cases

On 4 May 2009, six children in Year 7 were diagnosed with Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 2009 swine flu outbreak.[7] 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.[8]


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–
The new library building was opened in 2002 by the then poet laureate Andrew Motion
Playing in the snow, January 2007

The Edward Alleyn Building

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[9] building was completed in 2008 and had a Grand Gala Opening in 2009 featuring many performances by several pupils and Old Boys. The building includes the state-of-the-art MCT, ethe Robert Laurie Lecture Theatre, National Youth Theatre studio, a café, improved classrooms, and a sixth form study area.

Extra-curricular activities

The school has one of the largest Combined Cadet Force in the country[10]

Two Alleyn's students playing Fives

Alleyn's Old Boys and Girls


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