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How to get into Alleyn's School
July 20, 2016
Want to go to Alleyn’s School? We share the secret to admissions, exams and more in "How to get into Alleyn's School" below.
Type: Independent, co-educational day school, ages 4 - 18
Senior School, years 7-13: £6,042, per term (£18,126, per annum)
Junior School, years 3-6: £5,433 per term (£15,561 per annum)
Application fee: £60
For information about scholarships and bursaries, click here.
Current Head: Gary Savage, PhD.
About Alleyn’s School
Alleyn’s School is an independent co-educational school in Dulwich, London. Originally founded in 1619 as Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift by Elizabethan actor Edward Alleyn, Alleyn’s School relocated to Townley Road in 1887, fully integrated their co-educational program in 1976, and opened the conjoined Alleyn’s Junior School in 1992.
Alleyn’s vision is “[c]o-educational excellence for all, in a welcoming, friendly and caring community.”
Why is it so popular?
According to Tatler’s 2014 Schools Guide, in 2013 students at Alleyn’s School followed in the academic steps of their Westminster School and Eton College alumni Headmaster, as 93% of students received a A*-B at A Levels, and 91% of students received a A*-A at GCSE.
In addition to their impressive grades, Alleyn’s co-ed policy, connection to the National Youth Theatre, 30-acre site, and HMC school status draw in thousands of applicants every year.
How do I know if Alleyn’s is right for me?
Alleyn’s offers several Open Day sessions for parents and prospective pupils every September, October and November that will help you and your child decide if the school is right for you.
These events include Headmaster talks, pupil-guided tours of the school grounds, and an opportunity to speak with the Heads of Department and other senior level staff. In 2016, the first Open Day is Wednesday 14th September 2016, 2.00 p.m. for 11+ and 13+ students, and Saturday 1st October 2016, 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. for 16+ students. No booking is required, but punctuality for these events is highly recommended.
Admissions Policy for 11+, 13+, and 16+
To get into Alleyn's at 11+, 13+ and 16+, all prospective students must be submit their applications between 1st September and the last working day of November, the year before entry.
During the examination period, 11+ applicants are normally under 12 years of age and must be enrolled in the equivalent of a Year 6 class, 13+ applicants are normally under 14 years of age and must be enrolled in the equivalent of a Year 8 class, and 16+ applicants are under 17 years of age and must be enrolled in the equivalent of a Year 11 class (although older senior level students may be considered). Typically only one application is allowed per applicant, per entry year.
Your child will then complete entry examinations in Maths, English and Reasoning (11+ and 13+) or written assessment papers for critical reasoning and for three subjects your child may choose from a list of four A Levels (16+). It is also helpful to note that if your child requires access arrangements, you may see Alleyn’s Entrance Examination Concessions and Access Arrangements for more information.
Finally, if your child performs well in all their examinations or papers, or are outstanding in a particular subject, 11+ and 13+ students will be interviewed in the following 2-3 weeks, and most 16+ students will be interviewed the following January.
What are Alleyn’s interviews like, and how can I do well?
Your child’s respective Year’s Admissions panel will interview them about their academic and co-curricular interests, talents, and A Levels. The panel then meets with the Admissions Selection Committee (Headmaster and Deputy Head of Alleyn’s and the Head of the Lower or Upper School) to discuss your child’s application. Priority may be given to siblings of current Alleyn’s students and children of Alleyn’s staff with similar interview and academic performances.
If you or your child are nervous about the admissions process, we recommend taking a look at Alleyn’s sample syllabi and exam papers here. Alleyn’s appreciates creative, astute and well-prepared students, so be ready to think outside of the box and don’t forget to practice!
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