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Alleyn's School

In their own words

At Alleyn’s, we pride ourselves on having a wonderful community of bright, happy, and engaged pupils who make our school the special place that it is. Our teaching staff are passionate experts in their fields, and they care deeply about their mission to educate and support our pupils, providing inspiration and guidance in whatever path they choose to take.

Alleyn’s is a school rooted in 400 years of history, but we have always had a forward-thinking lens to the future. We believe in embracing new technologies and equipping our pupils with a strong core of skills for tomorrow so that they can be confident and engaged citizens of the modern world.

There are many reasons I am so proud to be the Head of this special school, from the outstanding academic results, sporting triumphs, and performance talent, but the people make our school what it is. Community sits at the very heart of an Alleyn’s education, embodied by our outreach work, partnerships, or volunteering; our pupils care about each other, they care about the world, and they care about their place in it.

Our ROCCK values (Respect, Opportunity, Curiosity, Courage and Kindness) are strong golden threads that run through school life, and we are wholeheartedly committed to making an Alleyn’s education accessible to talented children of all backgrounds, with a generous bursary scheme to support this.

If Alleyn’s sounds like a place for your child to flourish, I’d be delighted to welcome you into our school for a tour and to give you a sense of what makes it so special.

Best wishes,

Jane Lunnon


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