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Alleyn's School: 11 plus entry guide

By Atom | Apr 24, 2023, 9:56 AM

Alleyn's School, London

Are you considering Alleyn's School for your child? We've collated everything you need to know about entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, what's covered on the entrance exam, and how to help your child prepare for success.

About Alleyn's School

Alleyn’s School is a leading private day school in South London, founded by Edward Alleyn in 1619. It provides a selective education to boys and girls from the age of 4 to 18.

The school is committed to providing a holistic education to its students, incorporating academic excellence, strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curricular programme. Children have access to over 180 activities, including a school radio station, film and photography, cookery and molecular gastronomy, and 60 weekly sports clubs.

In 2020, headteacher Jane Lunnon was named ‘Best Head of an Independent School’ (Tatler Schools). Alleyn's is consistently rated as one of the best private schools in the country and is currently ranked 26th in the national league tables.

  • Headteacher: Jane Lunnon

  • Address: Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU

  • London borough: Southwark

  • Age range and gender: 4–18, co-educational

  • Number of pupils: 1,000+

  • National league table rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 26

  • A level results: 95.5% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 92.7% 9–7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: Ms Louise Mawer – [email protected], 020 8557 1478

  • Open day: 17th May 2023. Reserve a place

  • Overview of selection procedure: school's own written tests, interviews and small group activities

  • Registration opens: 1st September 2023

  • Registration deadline: early November 2023

  • Assessment date: early January 2023

Alleyn's School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Alleyn's School are:

  • Autumn term (Advent): 4th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term (Lent): 10th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term (Trinity): 23rd April – 4th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Fees at Alleyn's School

For the academic year 2022-23, the senior school fees are £7,620 per term (£22,860 per year).

Alleyn's School welcomes applications from all children, regardless of their financial circumstances. A wide range of means-tested bursaries are available for children who succeed in the entrance exam but who would not otherwise be able to afford the school fees. Around 10% of senior school pupils receive significant means-tested help with their fees and many pay no fees at all.

Scholarships may also be awarded in conjunction with bursaries. These are not means-tested and are worth up to a maximum of £5,000 per year.

Find out more about bursaries and scholarships on the school website.

Alleyn's School admissions process

There are 150 places available in Year 7 at Alleyn’s School. About two-thirds of candidates come from a wide range of state and independent schools while the remaining one-third of pupils join from Alleyn’s Junior School.

Before you start your child's application for Alleyn's School, it's recommended to visit the school first. This is a good opportunity to meet staff and current pupils, see the facilities, and ultimately make sure that the school is the right fit for your child.

1. Register for Year 7 entry

Registration for entry in 2024 opens on 1st September 2023 (when your child is starting Year 6). Registration will be available via the school website and will close in early November.

The registration fee is £175 (or £300 for overseas candidates) per child. If you are able to provide evidence that you receive universal credit or your child qualifies for the pupil premium, you will not need to pay the registration fee.

2. Entrance exam

Your child will be invited to sit written assessments at Alleyn's School in early January. We've included more details about this below.

3. Group activity and interview

Candidates who perform well in the entrance exam and who have a school report that suggests they will flourish at Alleyn's School will be invited back to the school in early January for a group activity and a one-to-one interview. Children will be asked about their interests both inside and outside of school.

Learn more about private school interviews

4. Offers

You will find out the outcome of your child's application in early February 2024. If your child is offered a place at Alleyn's School, you will have until early March 2024 to accept.

Alleyn's School entrance exam

Alleyn's School no longer uses the ISEB Common Pre-Test to assess children for entry. With the exception of children based overseas, all candidates will take the school's own written tests in early January.

There are three papers in total:


A 40-minute paper consisting of a creative writing task. Children will need to read a passage of prose fiction and write a creative response that continues the text. Marks will be awarded for demonstrating an understanding of the text, creative flair, and for accuracy.


Children will have 30 minutes to answer questions that are mostly based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum. There will be more challenging extension questions towards the end of the paper.


The third paper is a 45-minute test of verbal, non-verbal and spatial reasoning. Children will be assessed on their ability to solve reasoning problems using words and abstract figures.

All questions are multiple-choice, with answers marked in pencil on a pre-printed multiple-choice answer sheet.

How to prepare for entry to Alleyn's School

Here are some top tips on how to best prepare your child for Year 7 entry to Alleyn's School

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Engage with their progress: celebrate their improvements in their areas of challenge together! An accurate, ongoing assessment of your child’s strengths and development areas is instrumental for preparing efficiently. Atom's Parent Portal gives you data-driven insights into your child’s areas of strength and development.

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