Alleyn’s School is a leading independent day school in Dulwich, South London and was founded by Edward Alleyn in 1619. It provides education to boys and girls from the age of 4 to 18.
The school is committed to its holistic approach to education, incorporating academic excellence, an ethos of strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curricular programme. This consists of 60 weekly sports clubs and more than 180 activities including a school radio station, film and photography, cookery and molecular gastronomy.
Students at Alleyn’s School consistently receive high academic results; in 2019 (when the most recent official formative assessments took place), 72% of all GCSEs were the very top grades of 9 and 8. Meanwhile, 89% of A levels were graded A*–B.
The school’s headteacher, Jane Lunnon, was the 2020 recipient of Tatler Schools’ ‘Best Head of an Independent School’ award.
Headteacher: Jane Lunnon
Address: Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU
London Borough: Southwark
Admissions contact: Ms Louise Mawer – [email protected], 020 8557 1478
Age range and gender: 4–18, co-educational
Number of pupils: 1,300
Number of places in Year 7: 150 (approximately 100 external applicants and the remaining 50 join from Alleyn’s Junior School)
Ratio of applicants to places: undisclosed
Open day date: September 2022 (check the school website for further details)
Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: school's own written tests, interviews and small group activities
Registration deadline: Friday 4th November 202 at midday
Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Friday 6th January 2023
Scholarship assessment date: 29th and 30th November 2022 (girls' and boys' sports scholarships), January 2023 (all other scholarship assessments and sports scholarship round two)
For the academic year 2022-23, the senior school fees are £7,620 per term (£22,860 per year).
Limited bursary funds (of up to 100% of the school fees, depending on need) are available for children who perform well in the entrance assessments. The WJ Smith Trust offers means-tested assistance (also up to 100% of the school fees) to candidates who demonstrate exceptional musical promise at the music scholarship addition.
Alleyn’s School offers non-means-tested scholarships:
Academic Scholarships: worth up to £5,000 per year
Art Scholarships: worth up to £2,000 per year
Design & Technology Scholarships: worth up to £2,000 per year
Music Scholarships: worth up to £5,000 per year, plus free tuition on one instrument
Sports Scholarships: worth up to £5,000 per year
The term dates at Alleyn’s School in 2022-23 are:
Autumn term (Advent): 5th September – 14th December 2022
Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022
Spring term (Lent): 9th January – 31st March 2023
Half term: 13th – 20th February 2023
Summer term (Trinity): 25th April – 6th July
Half term: 29th May – 5th June
There are 150 places available in Year 7 at Alleyn’s School. About two-thirds of candidates will come from a wide range of state and independent schools while the remaining one-third of pupils join from Alleyn’s Junior School.
If you are interested in 11 plus entry at Alleyn’s School, you will need to register your child with the school when they begin Year 6. Registration can be completed on the school website. The registration fee is £175 (or £300 for overseas candidates) per child.
If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or your child qualifies for the Pupil Premium, you will not need to pay the registration fee if you can provide written evidence when submitting your child’s registration form.
As of September 2022, Alleyn's School will no longer use the ISEB Common Pre-Test to assess candidates for entry. Instead, all children applying for Year 7 will be invited to attend the school's own written assessments on Friday 6th January 2023. Children who perform well in these exams will then be invited to interviews and small group activities on Saturday 21st January 2023.
Children who are applying for a scholarship will have additional steps in the admissions process:
Academic scholarship: all children are automatically considered for an academic scholarship on the basis of their performance in the written tests, the interview, and the small group activity (there is no separate application required). Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to participate in a series of academic scholarship workshops on Saturday 28th January 2023
Art scholarship: submission of a digital portfolio by Wednesday 4th January 2023 and a workshop (selected candidates only) on Wednesday 25th January 2023
Design & technology scholarship: submission of written work by Wednesday 4th January 2023 and a workshop (selected candidates only) on Monday 23rd January 2023
Music scholarship: audition on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, or Wednesday 11th January 2023
Sports scholarship: first-round assessment days (Tuesday 29th November 2022 for girls, and Wednesday 30th November 2022 for boys), with selected candidates invited to a second round on Thursday 26th January 2023
In autumn 2022, Alleyn's School announced that they would no longer be using the ISEB Common Pre-Test to select candidates for entry to Year 7. With the exception of candidates applying from overseas, all children will now take the school's own written tests in January 2023. There are three papers in total:
English: 40 minutes. This creative writing paper asks children to continue writing a given passage of prose fiction, with credit given for demonstrating an understanding of the extract, creative flair, and accuracy. Take a look at our creative writing guide for parents and creative writing for kids for top tips.
Maths: 30 minutes. Children will be assessed on their knowledge and application of Key Stage 2 maths, including the topics of number, algebra, shape, space, measures, and handling data. The questions towards the end of the paper are more challenging extension questions. Find out everything you need to know about 11 plus maths here.
Reasoning: 45 minutes. This is a multiple-choice paper covering verbal, non-verbal, and spatial reasoning. Children will mark their answers on paper on pre-printed multiple-choice answer sheets. For a detailed look at the types of questions your child may be asked, read our 11 plus exam guides to verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
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