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Alleyn's GCSE Results: Excellence and Enterprise in Extraordinary Times

Alleyn's Year 11 pupils have achieved fantastic GCSE results, after demonstrating impressive purpose and perseverance throughout the pandemic.

Pupils at Alleyn’s in south-east London are celebrating their GCSE results after what has been an incredibly uncertain two years for them.

Their purpose and perseverance during a turbulent time has paid off, resulting in fantastic attainment for boys and girls alike, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools.

 

Mrs Jane Lunnon, Head of Alleyn’s, said: “I am delighted for our Year 11 pupils, who have achieved impressive results that are incredibly well-deserved. Their GCSE journey has been unlike any other, but they have remained enthusiastic, energetic and determined despite the many uncertainties along their route. It is this enterprising spirit that marks them out as Alleyn’s learners and which has allowed them to evidence, through the rigour of so many assessments, just how brilliant they are. I am so thankful, too, for our wonderful staff body who have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that our boys and girls remain inspired, supported and engaged.”

Alleyn’s has a long-held tradition of both academic and co-curricular success, so it comes as no surprise that pupils have successfully studied for their GCSEs alongside exciting endeavours such as winning the Trinity College London Talent Class of 2020, being shortlisted for the Triumph Design Awards, and representing the UK in Mathematics Olympiads.

Mrs Mel Joel, Head of Middle School at Alleyn’s, said: “This is a a wonderful outcome for our boys and girls, and I am so proud of every one of them. They have worked so hard and demonstrated impressive resilience over the past months and throughout the pandemic. It is always a delight to see them receive the results they deserve at GCSE, and I am excited to watch their next steps as they step into Upper School and continue to flourish as individuals.”

Alleyn's Observes Poignant Act of Remembrance in Lieu of Annual Parade

Staff and CCF join together for an alternative act of commemoration as lockdown affects annual parade and service.

On Sunday 8 November Alleyn's gathered in the Great Hall to observe a moving act of commemoration, a short film of which is now available for viewing on the School's website at www.alleyns.org.uk/remembrance.

During the service members of the Alleyn's staff, CCF and School Captain represented the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel.

Headmaster Mr Skinnard introduced the service, which was then led by Alleyn's Chaplain, Rev Lander.

Zeb, a musician in Year 10, beautifully sounded the Last Post and the Reveille, and those gathered respected the silence while wreaths were laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.

Major Benest represented the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS, and School Captain Morgan delivered a reading from John 15:9-17.

 

Alleyn's Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from the School, and therefore it returned to one of its original uses as the Remembrance was observed. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.

Alleyn's Year 13 CCF cadets, and all those who took part, feel incredibly proud with their involvement in this act of Remembrance whilst representing the Edward Alleyn Club, Dulwich Estate and all 3 Foundation Schools.

Usually on Remembrance Sunday, Alleyn's CCF and Edward Alleyn Club, in conjunction with CCF from Dulwich College and JAGS, parade through Dulwich Village to a commemorative service at Christ's Chapel. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, these activities were unable to go ahead in their usual format this year.

Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November with a whole school act of commemoration marked by a service and parade in the School quad, live-streamed to all staff and pupils across the site.

 
Musicians from Alleyn’s School rock St John’s Smith Square at annual music concert

Students from Alleyn’s School in Dulwich presented their annual music concert at renowned London concert hall St. John’s Smith Square this week.

Audience members were treated to performances from the Alleyn’s Symphony Orchestra, Saximus Maximus, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and the Jazz Band. The concert, which has been running for over 15 years, showcases the best of music-making at Alleyn’s and is the product of many months of hard work from staff and pupils.

Chris Dearmer, Director of Music at Alleyn’s said, “All of the musicians have worked so hard to prepare the concert; they have rehearsed at least weekly since January. It is wonderful to perform in such a renowned London venue. St John’s Smith Square is the perfect size and setting for our school concert and we find the musicians really raise their game to honour this beautiful building with its lovely acoustic.”

Highlights – if it is possible to pinpoint particular performances from such a fantastic night – included the Saximus Maximus performance, conducted by Ned Bennett and delivered by musicians from all corners of the church; the Bob Chilcott arranged ‘A Little Jazz Mass’; and the stunning solo violin from Penny Young during a joyful performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26.

Jessica Wattles, Chair of the Alleyn’s Parents’ Association, said, “It was an exciting, musically varied show. I’ve been to six of these concerts and this one was the best. I hope that everyone involved feels proud to have given our children the opportunity to be part of something so special.”

St John’s Smith Square is known as an important musical centre, and hosts exciting programmes by artists from around the globe. It was designed and built by Thomas Archer and has a proud history, even surviving through the Blitz. This year SJSS is launching a range of initiatives including a major appeal.

Alleyn's to Drink Coffee with a Conscience

Alleyn's is to use Redemption Roasters, a social enterprise co-founded by Old Boy Ted Rosner, as its sole coffee supplier. All the coffee supply is roasted by offenders in prison, and the company trains prisoners and helps them gain employment.

Ted Rosner, Alleyn’s Old Boy who left Alleyn’s in 2006, co-founded the bijoux chain of coffee shops which now extends six shops across London, with the latest having just opened nearby in Dulwich Village.

The chain is a social enterprise whose mission is to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners. The company runs an industrial-scale roastery at HMP The Mount, coffee academies in HMP Bullingdon, Spring Hill, and Wormwood Scrubs, as well as a coffee school in Containerville, London. The academy at HMP Aylesbury was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

In addition to the roastery and the barista and hospitality skills the academies teach offenders, they also assist their graduates reintegrate into society by helping them find work in either their own coffee shops, or with their wholesale clients.

The enterprise plans to open more academies in prisons and work with private justice providers, councils, youth centres, and job centres.

With statistics showing that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job, Alleyn's couldn’t be happier doing business with such a great employer and force for good.

 

A Levels 2021: Alleyn's Celebrates Resilience and Results

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London, including Olympic diver Eden Cheng, are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Staff were delighted to welcome students back on site to receive their results in person, and to congratulate the girls and boys on the fortitude and commitment they have exemplified through turbulent times.

Head of Alleyn’s, Mrs Jane Lunnon said: “I am so very proud of all our boys and girls, who have demonstrated such steadfastness in the face of sustained uncertainty. Their achievements are fantastic, fitting and fully deserved, and we celebrate the determination with which they have tackled their assessments. Behind the topsy-turvy circumstances, their hard work was constant, and it is their tenacity, ultimately, that has allowed them to evidence, so robustly, exactly what they are capable of. We congratulate them all and thank the staff who worked so hard throughout last year, to ensure that their learning was not unduly compromised by the pandemic.”

 

The positive results for the boys and girls at Alleyn’s continue a tradition of outstanding academic success, borne out of the School's enterprising ethos alongside its ambition and agility in adapting to exceptional circumstances.

Student Eden Cheng is one such example of the Alleyn's spirit; securing A*, A*, A and B grades after studying by turns in classrooms, on planes and at pool sides in order to balance the international diving career that saw her secure a silver medal at the 2021 European Diving Championships and compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Student Louis Partridge has likewise enjoyed the flexibility that the School has been able to offer, with the actor combining his A level studies with time on set filming for exciting roles such as the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious in the upcoming Danny Boyle series.

Dr Rob Atkinson, Head of Upper School said: “We are delighted for all our students, and grateful to the wider staff body and parents that provided such dedicated support throughout their Alleyn’s journey. The vast majority now progress on to their first-choice university and specialist courses in the UK and overseas. We are thrilled to wish them well in their next steps, and equally excited to meet them again as Alleyn’s alumni in future years.”

 
Alleyn’s New Head Jane Lunnon nominated ‘Best Head of a Public School’

Alleyn’s is delighted that their first female Head, who will join them in January 2021, has been nominated for the Best Head of the Year award by Tatler.  

Jane, currently Head of Wimbledon High School, comes with an impressive track record. Educated at North London Collegiate School and the University of Bristol, Jane worked in marketing and research before moving into teaching, which she describes as ‘the best job in the world’.  

Jane has experience in a variety of roles, including Head of English, Assistant Director of Studies, Head of Sixth Form, and Pastoral Deputy. In 2010 she joined Wellington College as Senior Deputy Head, before becoming Head of Wimbledon High School in September 2014.  

Jane’s impressive CV also includes her book, The State of Independence, (co-written with Dr David James) and another in the pipeline: Schools for Thought. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Committee, a trustee of the Royal Springboard Foundation, sits on the Board of Governors of Newland House and King Edward’s School, Witley and sits on the HMC Universities Committee.  

Commenting on her nomination for the award, Jane said, “I am amazed and so excited by this nomination and I can’t wait for the next adventure at Alleyn’s School.” 

 

Professor Brian Cox a hit as Alleyn’s pupils channel the spirit of enquiry at themed Science Day

Professor Brian Cox was a hit at the first RV Jones Science Lecture, hosted recently at Alleyn’s School. The well-known academic and TV presenter headlined the event and joined in scientific conversation with Alleyn’s scientist-in-residence, Dr Adam Rutherford.

A truly inspirational event

The RV Jones Science Lecture series has recently been announced as an annual feature at the school, with the aim of bringing prominent scientific minds to the local community for thought-provoking evenings of debate and enquiry. Professor Brian Cox was the first such speaker and he will soon be followed by the likes of Professor Robert Winston and Dr Helen Czerski.

Professor Brian Cox and Dr Adam Rutherford engaged in discussions that ranged far and wide, and managed to take the audience with them, in what was a truly inspirational event. Audience member Bernadette Stotte said of the evening: “Very interesting and enjoyable, even for those of us with very little knowledge of Higgs particles and gravitational waves!”

An Academy Award themed Science Day

Alleyn’s is celebrating all things scientific as it has recently opened its RV Jones Science Building after an 18 month long redevelopment project.  The RV Jones Science Lecture is one of a number of scientific activities that has been taking place, including a recent Science Day themed around the Academy Award nominated film The Martian, starring Matt Damon.

Science Day saw year 7 and 8 pupils taking part in off-timetable Science sessions. Organised into groups named after prominent scientists such as Marie Curie and James Watson, pupils undertook activities aligned with different scientific disciplines such as psychology (how the brain shapes our experience of the world), chemistry (murder on Mars: forensic science in order to establish who dunnit!) and physics (the design, building and firing of rockets to escape the red planet).

Headmaster Gary Savage said “Pupils and staff alike had a thoroughly enjoyable day. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who played a role in this educational endeavour, including our pupils who provided an abundance of imagination and enthusiasm.”

An Engaging Educational Experience

Following the raising of funds during the pandemic by the whole Alleyn’s School community (including alumni) Alleyn’s embarked on delivering its very first Summer School to 44 families from 8 different local state primary schools. We reached out to local community primary schools that we have worked closely with for many years as part of our community partnership involvement.

The primary schools helped to identify families that they felt had had a difficult time during the pandemic and/or were classified as pupil premium. For 5 days pupils from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 arrived at 8am for breakfast then had lessons in Science, Art, Design Technology, Maths, English, Music, Dance, Drama, PSCHE, swimming and first aid, as well as visiting talks from the Police and Fire Brigade! A tasty hot meal was then provided for lunch which proved really popular and then the pupils had sports activities each afternoon.

Many members of our Junior School staff helped to teach the lessons throughout the week and our Year 12 students did an amazing job with volunteering and supporting the visiting pupils each day. One of the highlights of the week was the final afternoon presentation where all the pupils performed a dance and several songs, learned during the week, in front of parents.

Each pupil received a rucksack, packed full of school resources to help them get the academic year off to a good start as well as a family game and a £15 WHSmith voucher to buy a book.

Mr Green Assistant Head Co-Curricular & Partnerships said: "This has been a brilliant scheme to offer to these families for free following the amazing fund raising support from our parents and alumni. The aim of the Summer School was to provide every pupil (and family) with an engaging and positive educational experience to help gain confidence and enjoyment in learning so as to start the new school year positively. The visiting pupils were absolutely fantastic and our own staff and students have been a real credit to the School throughout the week – it has been an incredibly proud week for the School. It has been an absolute privilege to work closely with Zara Long (alumna) who helped to coordinate the scheme and there is no doubt that it has made a huge difference to all these families".

Fulfilling an Olympic Dream

Alleyn’s sixth-former Eden Cheng will represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics, following her silver medal win with diving partner Lois Toulson in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday.

Eden and Lois won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday, an incredible achievement by any standards, but one which qualified the two for a spot on the Olympic team.

Qualifying for the team doesn’t necessarily mean you will be selected to represent your country, but the two have now had confirmation that they will indeed be representing GB in the Olympic diving team and travelling to Tokyo this summer.

Eden earned her first major medal in 2018 at the age of 15 when she won gold at the European Championships in the 10 metre Platform Synchro with Lois and she has followed this up with a string of medals, culminating in her selection for the Olympic team this week.

 

Speaking about her journey so far, Eden said:

"It's been so exciting to have competed on the world stage once again and winning a silver medal. However, the best part of it all was being able to secure an Olympic quota spot for Team GB. It has been a long and challenging journey, but it seems the sacrifices made along the way have all been worthwhile. Thank you, Alleyn's for the support you have given me through all these years."

This level of success is hard won, and Eden has worked tirelessly to balance her rigorous training and competition schedule with her academic studies, and the sacrifices she has made to chase her dream of representing GB in the Olympic games have been immense, from missing family events to studying on aeroplanes or poolside to catching up with school work after returning from competitions.

Representing her country in the Olympics has also coincided with studying for A levels in Maths, Biology and of course PE - no mean feat.

Gavin English, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s, said:

“This is a remarkable achievement in any context but that Eden has accomplished this while continuing to engage in the broader life of the school and rigorous academic study shows just what can be achieved with truly determined effort. Her silver medal and selection to the Tokyo team is of course phenomenal but Eden's journey and the commitment she has shown along the way are simply awe inspiring.”

Alleyn’s Head, Jane Lunnon, while conceding that it may not be as exciting as Tokyo, has nevertheless humbly invited Eden to sign the Head’s Book for Outstanding Achievement.

 
U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits Alleyn’s and opens the floor to students

Students at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich were privileged to receive a visit yesterday afternoon from U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun.

Mr Barzun, who has served as the ambassador to the UK since 2013, spoke to Yr 12 students about America’s place in the world, and explored their perceptions of the U.S. via an interactive quiz.

The visit included a Q&A session, where the ambassador opened the floor to students and was challenged to respond to questions on gritty topics such as immigration, culture and politics. Enquiries covered Russian/US relations, US military intervention, guns, the US presidential campaign and much more.

The ambassador provided students with insights into the American constitution, and shared anecdotes about his political career, including the first time he met President Obama: “I was nervous – I dressed up.”

Mr Barzun said of his visit, “I thank the students at Alleyn’s for being so honest with their opinions.  The young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow, whatever field they may choose, and it is important to listen to them. Today was about listening. “

Alleyn’s Headmaster, Dr Gary Savage, welcomed the ambassador to the School, and referenced a quote of Mr Barzun’s when he said, “The role of an ambassador is a project driven by a desire for mutual understanding. Our students were fantastic with their questions in pursuit of that goal today. The participatory nature of the session was both valuable and revealing.”

Every year, some of Alleyn’s Year 13 students take up higher education options at US institutions such as (most recently) Northwestern University in Chicago amongst others.  The School is proud to have a strong connection with the US via its network of States-based Old Boys and Girls and other school representatives who serve on educational bodies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.

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An Engaging Educational Experience

Following the raising of funds during the pandemic by the whole Alleyn’s School community (including alumni) Alleyn’s embarked on delivering its very first Summer School to 44 families from 8 different local state primary schools. We reached out to local community primary schools that we have worked closely with for many years as part of our community partnership involvement.

The primary schools helped to identify families that they felt had had a difficult time during the pandemic and/or were classified as pupil premium. For 5 days pupils from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 arrived at 8am for breakfast then had lessons in Science, Art, Design Technology, Maths, English, Music, Dance, Drama, PSCHE, swimming and first aid, as well as visiting talks from the Police and Fire Brigade! A tasty hot meal was then provided for lunch which proved really popular and then the pupils had sports activities each afternoon.

Many members of our Junior School staff helped to teach the lessons throughout the week and our Year 12 students did an amazing job with volunteering and supporting the visiting pupils each day. One of the highlights of the week was the final afternoon presentation where all the pupils performed a dance and several songs, learned during the week, in front of parents.

Each pupil received a rucksack, packed full of school resources to help them get the academic year off to a good start as well as a family game and a £15 WHSmith voucher to buy a book.

Mr Green Assistant Head Co-Curricular & Partnerships said: "This has been a brilliant scheme to offer to these families for free following the amazing fund raising support from our parents and alumni. The aim of the Summer School was to provide every pupil (and family) with an engaging and positive educational experience to help gain confidence and enjoyment in learning so as to start the new school year positively. The visiting pupils were absolutely fantastic and our own staff and students have been a real credit to the School throughout the week – it has been an incredibly proud week for the School. It has been an absolute privilege to work closely with Zara Long (alumna) who helped to coordinate the scheme and there is no doubt that it has made a huge difference to all these families".

A Levels 2021: Alleyn's Celebrates Resilience and Results

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London, including Olympic diver Eden Cheng, are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Staff were delighted to welcome students back on site to receive their results in person, and to congratulate the girls and boys on the fortitude and commitment they have exemplified through turbulent times.

Head of Alleyn’s, Mrs Jane Lunnon said: “I am so very proud of all our boys and girls, who have demonstrated such steadfastness in the face of sustained uncertainty. Their achievements are fantastic, fitting and fully deserved, and we celebrate the determination with which they have tackled their assessments. Behind the topsy-turvy circumstances, their hard work was constant, and it is their tenacity, ultimately, that has allowed them to evidence, so robustly, exactly what they are capable of. We congratulate them all and thank the staff who worked so hard throughout last year, to ensure that their learning was not unduly compromised by the pandemic.”

 

The positive results for the boys and girls at Alleyn’s continue a tradition of outstanding academic success, borne out of the School's enterprising ethos alongside its ambition and agility in adapting to exceptional circumstances.

Student Eden Cheng is one such example of the Alleyn's spirit; securing A*, A*, A and B grades after studying by turns in classrooms, on planes and at pool sides in order to balance the international diving career that saw her secure a silver medal at the 2021 European Diving Championships and compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Student Louis Partridge has likewise enjoyed the flexibility that the School has been able to offer, with the actor combining his A level studies with time on set filming for exciting roles such as the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious in the upcoming Danny Boyle series.

Dr Rob Atkinson, Head of Upper School said: “We are delighted for all our students, and grateful to the wider staff body and parents that provided such dedicated support throughout their Alleyn’s journey. The vast majority now progress on to their first-choice university and specialist courses in the UK and overseas. We are thrilled to wish them well in their next steps, and equally excited to meet them again as Alleyn’s alumni in future years.”

 
Alleyn's Observes Poignant Act of Remembrance in Lieu of Annual Parade

Staff and CCF join together for an alternative act of commemoration as lockdown affects annual parade and service.

On Sunday 8 November Alleyn's gathered in the Great Hall to observe a moving act of commemoration, a short film of which is now available for viewing on the School's website at www.alleyns.org.uk/remembrance.

During the service members of the Alleyn's staff, CCF and School Captain represented the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel.

Headmaster Mr Skinnard introduced the service, which was then led by Alleyn's Chaplain, Rev Lander.

Zeb, a musician in Year 10, beautifully sounded the Last Post and the Reveille, and those gathered respected the silence while wreaths were laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.

Major Benest represented the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS, and School Captain Morgan delivered a reading from John 15:9-17.

 

Alleyn's Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from the School, and therefore it returned to one of its original uses as the Remembrance was observed. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.

Alleyn's Year 13 CCF cadets, and all those who took part, feel incredibly proud with their involvement in this act of Remembrance whilst representing the Edward Alleyn Club, Dulwich Estate and all 3 Foundation Schools.

Usually on Remembrance Sunday, Alleyn's CCF and Edward Alleyn Club, in conjunction with CCF from Dulwich College and JAGS, parade through Dulwich Village to a commemorative service at Christ's Chapel. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, these activities were unable to go ahead in their usual format this year.

Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November with a whole school act of commemoration marked by a service and parade in the School quad, live-streamed to all staff and pupils across the site.

 
U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits Alleyn’s and opens the floor to students

Students at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich were privileged to receive a visit yesterday afternoon from U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun.

Mr Barzun, who has served as the ambassador to the UK since 2013, spoke to Yr 12 students about America’s place in the world, and explored their perceptions of the U.S. via an interactive quiz.

The visit included a Q&A session, where the ambassador opened the floor to students and was challenged to respond to questions on gritty topics such as immigration, culture and politics. Enquiries covered Russian/US relations, US military intervention, guns, the US presidential campaign and much more.

The ambassador provided students with insights into the American constitution, and shared anecdotes about his political career, including the first time he met President Obama: “I was nervous – I dressed up.”

Mr Barzun said of his visit, “I thank the students at Alleyn’s for being so honest with their opinions.  The young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow, whatever field they may choose, and it is important to listen to them. Today was about listening. “

Alleyn’s Headmaster, Dr Gary Savage, welcomed the ambassador to the School, and referenced a quote of Mr Barzun’s when he said, “The role of an ambassador is a project driven by a desire for mutual understanding. Our students were fantastic with their questions in pursuit of that goal today. The participatory nature of the session was both valuable and revealing.”

Every year, some of Alleyn’s Year 13 students take up higher education options at US institutions such as (most recently) Northwestern University in Chicago amongst others.  The School is proud to have a strong connection with the US via its network of States-based Old Boys and Girls and other school representatives who serve on educational bodies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Professor Brian Cox a hit as Alleyn’s pupils channel the spirit of enquiry at themed Science Day

Professor Brian Cox was a hit at the first RV Jones Science Lecture, hosted recently at Alleyn’s School. The well-known academic and TV presenter headlined the event and joined in scientific conversation with Alleyn’s scientist-in-residence, Dr Adam Rutherford.

A truly inspirational event

The RV Jones Science Lecture series has recently been announced as an annual feature at the school, with the aim of bringing prominent scientific minds to the local community for thought-provoking evenings of debate and enquiry. Professor Brian Cox was the first such speaker and he will soon be followed by the likes of Professor Robert Winston and Dr Helen Czerski.

Professor Brian Cox and Dr Adam Rutherford engaged in discussions that ranged far and wide, and managed to take the audience with them, in what was a truly inspirational event. Audience member Bernadette Stotte said of the evening: “Very interesting and enjoyable, even for those of us with very little knowledge of Higgs particles and gravitational waves!”

An Academy Award themed Science Day

Alleyn’s is celebrating all things scientific as it has recently opened its RV Jones Science Building after an 18 month long redevelopment project.  The RV Jones Science Lecture is one of a number of scientific activities that has been taking place, including a recent Science Day themed around the Academy Award nominated film The Martian, starring Matt Damon.

Science Day saw year 7 and 8 pupils taking part in off-timetable Science sessions. Organised into groups named after prominent scientists such as Marie Curie and James Watson, pupils undertook activities aligned with different scientific disciplines such as psychology (how the brain shapes our experience of the world), chemistry (murder on Mars: forensic science in order to establish who dunnit!) and physics (the design, building and firing of rockets to escape the red planet).

Headmaster Gary Savage said “Pupils and staff alike had a thoroughly enjoyable day. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who played a role in this educational endeavour, including our pupils who provided an abundance of imagination and enthusiasm.”

Alleyn's to Drink Coffee with a Conscience

Alleyn's is to use Redemption Roasters, a social enterprise co-founded by Old Boy Ted Rosner, as its sole coffee supplier. All the coffee supply is roasted by offenders in prison, and the company trains prisoners and helps them gain employment.

Ted Rosner, Alleyn’s Old Boy who left Alleyn’s in 2006, co-founded the bijoux chain of coffee shops which now extends six shops across London, with the latest having just opened nearby in Dulwich Village.

The chain is a social enterprise whose mission is to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners. The company runs an industrial-scale roastery at HMP The Mount, coffee academies in HMP Bullingdon, Spring Hill, and Wormwood Scrubs, as well as a coffee school in Containerville, London. The academy at HMP Aylesbury was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

In addition to the roastery and the barista and hospitality skills the academies teach offenders, they also assist their graduates reintegrate into society by helping them find work in either their own coffee shops, or with their wholesale clients.

The enterprise plans to open more academies in prisons and work with private justice providers, councils, youth centres, and job centres.

With statistics showing that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job, Alleyn's couldn’t be happier doing business with such a great employer and force for good.

 

Alleyn's GCSE Results: Excellence and Enterprise in Extraordinary Times

Alleyn's Year 11 pupils have achieved fantastic GCSE results, after demonstrating impressive purpose and perseverance throughout the pandemic.

Pupils at Alleyn’s in south-east London are celebrating their GCSE results after what has been an incredibly uncertain two years for them.

Their purpose and perseverance during a turbulent time has paid off, resulting in fantastic attainment for boys and girls alike, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools.

 

Mrs Jane Lunnon, Head of Alleyn’s, said: “I am delighted for our Year 11 pupils, who have achieved impressive results that are incredibly well-deserved. Their GCSE journey has been unlike any other, but they have remained enthusiastic, energetic and determined despite the many uncertainties along their route. It is this enterprising spirit that marks them out as Alleyn’s learners and which has allowed them to evidence, through the rigour of so many assessments, just how brilliant they are. I am so thankful, too, for our wonderful staff body who have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that our boys and girls remain inspired, supported and engaged.”

Alleyn’s has a long-held tradition of both academic and co-curricular success, so it comes as no surprise that pupils have successfully studied for their GCSEs alongside exciting endeavours such as winning the Trinity College London Talent Class of 2020, being shortlisted for the Triumph Design Awards, and representing the UK in Mathematics Olympiads.

Mrs Mel Joel, Head of Middle School at Alleyn’s, said: “This is a a wonderful outcome for our boys and girls, and I am so proud of every one of them. They have worked so hard and demonstrated impressive resilience over the past months and throughout the pandemic. It is always a delight to see them receive the results they deserve at GCSE, and I am excited to watch their next steps as they step into Upper School and continue to flourish as individuals.”

Fulfilling an Olympic Dream

Alleyn’s sixth-former Eden Cheng will represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics, following her silver medal win with diving partner Lois Toulson in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday.

Eden and Lois won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday, an incredible achievement by any standards, but one which qualified the two for a spot on the Olympic team.

Qualifying for the team doesn’t necessarily mean you will be selected to represent your country, but the two have now had confirmation that they will indeed be representing GB in the Olympic diving team and travelling to Tokyo this summer.

Eden earned her first major medal in 2018 at the age of 15 when she won gold at the European Championships in the 10 metre Platform Synchro with Lois and she has followed this up with a string of medals, culminating in her selection for the Olympic team this week.

 

Speaking about her journey so far, Eden said:

"It's been so exciting to have competed on the world stage once again and winning a silver medal. However, the best part of it all was being able to secure an Olympic quota spot for Team GB. It has been a long and challenging journey, but it seems the sacrifices made along the way have all been worthwhile. Thank you, Alleyn's for the support you have given me through all these years."

This level of success is hard won, and Eden has worked tirelessly to balance her rigorous training and competition schedule with her academic studies, and the sacrifices she has made to chase her dream of representing GB in the Olympic games have been immense, from missing family events to studying on aeroplanes or poolside to catching up with school work after returning from competitions.

Representing her country in the Olympics has also coincided with studying for A levels in Maths, Biology and of course PE - no mean feat.

Gavin English, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s, said:

“This is a remarkable achievement in any context but that Eden has accomplished this while continuing to engage in the broader life of the school and rigorous academic study shows just what can be achieved with truly determined effort. Her silver medal and selection to the Tokyo team is of course phenomenal but Eden's journey and the commitment she has shown along the way are simply awe inspiring.”

Alleyn’s Head, Jane Lunnon, while conceding that it may not be as exciting as Tokyo, has nevertheless humbly invited Eden to sign the Head’s Book for Outstanding Achievement.

 
Alleyn’s New Head Jane Lunnon nominated ‘Best Head of a Public School’

Alleyn’s is delighted that their first female Head, who will join them in January 2021, has been nominated for the Best Head of the Year award by Tatler.  

Jane, currently Head of Wimbledon High School, comes with an impressive track record. Educated at North London Collegiate School and the University of Bristol, Jane worked in marketing and research before moving into teaching, which she describes as ‘the best job in the world’.  

Jane has experience in a variety of roles, including Head of English, Assistant Director of Studies, Head of Sixth Form, and Pastoral Deputy. In 2010 she joined Wellington College as Senior Deputy Head, before becoming Head of Wimbledon High School in September 2014.  

Jane’s impressive CV also includes her book, The State of Independence, (co-written with Dr David James) and another in the pipeline: Schools for Thought. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Committee, a trustee of the Royal Springboard Foundation, sits on the Board of Governors of Newland House and King Edward’s School, Witley and sits on the HMC Universities Committee.  

Commenting on her nomination for the award, Jane said, “I am amazed and so excited by this nomination and I can’t wait for the next adventure at Alleyn’s School.” 

 

Musicians from Alleyn’s School rock St John’s Smith Square at annual music concert

Students from Alleyn’s School in Dulwich presented their annual music concert at renowned London concert hall St. John’s Smith Square this week.

Audience members were treated to performances from the Alleyn’s Symphony Orchestra, Saximus Maximus, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and the Jazz Band. The concert, which has been running for over 15 years, showcases the best of music-making at Alleyn’s and is the product of many months of hard work from staff and pupils.

Chris Dearmer, Director of Music at Alleyn’s said, “All of the musicians have worked so hard to prepare the concert; they have rehearsed at least weekly since January. It is wonderful to perform in such a renowned London venue. St John’s Smith Square is the perfect size and setting for our school concert and we find the musicians really raise their game to honour this beautiful building with its lovely acoustic.”

Highlights – if it is possible to pinpoint particular performances from such a fantastic night – included the Saximus Maximus performance, conducted by Ned Bennett and delivered by musicians from all corners of the church; the Bob Chilcott arranged ‘A Little Jazz Mass’; and the stunning solo violin from Penny Young during a joyful performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26.

Jessica Wattles, Chair of the Alleyn’s Parents’ Association, said, “It was an exciting, musically varied show. I’ve been to six of these concerts and this one was the best. I hope that everyone involved feels proud to have given our children the opportunity to be part of something so special.”

St John’s Smith Square is known as an important musical centre, and hosts exciting programmes by artists from around the globe. It was designed and built by Thomas Archer and has a proud history, even surviving through the Blitz. This year SJSS is launching a range of initiatives including a major appeal.

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.

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Alleyn's to Drink Coffee with a Conscience

Alleyn's is to use Redemption Roasters, a social enterprise co-founded by Old Boy Ted Rosner, as its sole coffee supplier. All the coffee supply is roasted by offenders in prison, and the company trains prisoners and helps them gain employment.

Ted Rosner, Alleyn’s Old Boy who left Alleyn’s in 2006, co-founded the bijoux chain of coffee shops which now extends six shops across London, with the latest having just opened nearby in Dulwich Village.

The chain is a social enterprise whose mission is to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners. The company runs an industrial-scale roastery at HMP The Mount, coffee academies in HMP Bullingdon, Spring Hill, and Wormwood Scrubs, as well as a coffee school in Containerville, London. The academy at HMP Aylesbury was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

In addition to the roastery and the barista and hospitality skills the academies teach offenders, they also assist their graduates reintegrate into society by helping them find work in either their own coffee shops, or with their wholesale clients.

The enterprise plans to open more academies in prisons and work with private justice providers, councils, youth centres, and job centres.

With statistics showing that prisoners are 50% more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills and a job, Alleyn's couldn’t be happier doing business with such a great employer and force for good.

 

An Engaging Educational Experience

Following the raising of funds during the pandemic by the whole Alleyn’s School community (including alumni) Alleyn’s embarked on delivering its very first Summer School to 44 families from 8 different local state primary schools. We reached out to local community primary schools that we have worked closely with for many years as part of our community partnership involvement.

The primary schools helped to identify families that they felt had had a difficult time during the pandemic and/or were classified as pupil premium. For 5 days pupils from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 arrived at 8am for breakfast then had lessons in Science, Art, Design Technology, Maths, English, Music, Dance, Drama, PSCHE, swimming and first aid, as well as visiting talks from the Police and Fire Brigade! A tasty hot meal was then provided for lunch which proved really popular and then the pupils had sports activities each afternoon.

Many members of our Junior School staff helped to teach the lessons throughout the week and our Year 12 students did an amazing job with volunteering and supporting the visiting pupils each day. One of the highlights of the week was the final afternoon presentation where all the pupils performed a dance and several songs, learned during the week, in front of parents.

Each pupil received a rucksack, packed full of school resources to help them get the academic year off to a good start as well as a family game and a £15 WHSmith voucher to buy a book.

Mr Green Assistant Head Co-Curricular & Partnerships said: "This has been a brilliant scheme to offer to these families for free following the amazing fund raising support from our parents and alumni. The aim of the Summer School was to provide every pupil (and family) with an engaging and positive educational experience to help gain confidence and enjoyment in learning so as to start the new school year positively. The visiting pupils were absolutely fantastic and our own staff and students have been a real credit to the School throughout the week – it has been an incredibly proud week for the School. It has been an absolute privilege to work closely with Zara Long (alumna) who helped to coordinate the scheme and there is no doubt that it has made a huge difference to all these families".

Alleyn's GCSE Results: Excellence and Enterprise in Extraordinary Times

Alleyn's Year 11 pupils have achieved fantastic GCSE results, after demonstrating impressive purpose and perseverance throughout the pandemic.

Pupils at Alleyn’s in south-east London are celebrating their GCSE results after what has been an incredibly uncertain two years for them.

Their purpose and perseverance during a turbulent time has paid off, resulting in fantastic attainment for boys and girls alike, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools.

 

Mrs Jane Lunnon, Head of Alleyn’s, said: “I am delighted for our Year 11 pupils, who have achieved impressive results that are incredibly well-deserved. Their GCSE journey has been unlike any other, but they have remained enthusiastic, energetic and determined despite the many uncertainties along their route. It is this enterprising spirit that marks them out as Alleyn’s learners and which has allowed them to evidence, through the rigour of so many assessments, just how brilliant they are. I am so thankful, too, for our wonderful staff body who have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that our boys and girls remain inspired, supported and engaged.”

Alleyn’s has a long-held tradition of both academic and co-curricular success, so it comes as no surprise that pupils have successfully studied for their GCSEs alongside exciting endeavours such as winning the Trinity College London Talent Class of 2020, being shortlisted for the Triumph Design Awards, and representing the UK in Mathematics Olympiads.

Mrs Mel Joel, Head of Middle School at Alleyn’s, said: “This is a a wonderful outcome for our boys and girls, and I am so proud of every one of them. They have worked so hard and demonstrated impressive resilience over the past months and throughout the pandemic. It is always a delight to see them receive the results they deserve at GCSE, and I am excited to watch their next steps as they step into Upper School and continue to flourish as individuals.”

A Levels 2021: Alleyn's Celebrates Resilience and Results

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London, including Olympic diver Eden Cheng, are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Students at co-educational Alleyn’s in London are celebrating their A level results after demonstrating extraordinary resilience throughout another unique academic year.

Staff were delighted to welcome students back on site to receive their results in person, and to congratulate the girls and boys on the fortitude and commitment they have exemplified through turbulent times.

Head of Alleyn’s, Mrs Jane Lunnon said: “I am so very proud of all our boys and girls, who have demonstrated such steadfastness in the face of sustained uncertainty. Their achievements are fantastic, fitting and fully deserved, and we celebrate the determination with which they have tackled their assessments. Behind the topsy-turvy circumstances, their hard work was constant, and it is their tenacity, ultimately, that has allowed them to evidence, so robustly, exactly what they are capable of. We congratulate them all and thank the staff who worked so hard throughout last year, to ensure that their learning was not unduly compromised by the pandemic.”

 

The positive results for the boys and girls at Alleyn’s continue a tradition of outstanding academic success, borne out of the School's enterprising ethos alongside its ambition and agility in adapting to exceptional circumstances.

Student Eden Cheng is one such example of the Alleyn's spirit; securing A*, A*, A and B grades after studying by turns in classrooms, on planes and at pool sides in order to balance the international diving career that saw her secure a silver medal at the 2021 European Diving Championships and compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

Student Louis Partridge has likewise enjoyed the flexibility that the School has been able to offer, with the actor combining his A level studies with time on set filming for exciting roles such as the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious in the upcoming Danny Boyle series.

Dr Rob Atkinson, Head of Upper School said: “We are delighted for all our students, and grateful to the wider staff body and parents that provided such dedicated support throughout their Alleyn’s journey. The vast majority now progress on to their first-choice university and specialist courses in the UK and overseas. We are thrilled to wish them well in their next steps, and equally excited to meet them again as Alleyn’s alumni in future years.”

 
Fulfilling an Olympic Dream

Alleyn’s sixth-former Eden Cheng will represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics, following her silver medal win with diving partner Lois Toulson in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday.

Eden and Lois won a silver medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup last Saturday, an incredible achievement by any standards, but one which qualified the two for a spot on the Olympic team.

Qualifying for the team doesn’t necessarily mean you will be selected to represent your country, but the two have now had confirmation that they will indeed be representing GB in the Olympic diving team and travelling to Tokyo this summer.

Eden earned her first major medal in 2018 at the age of 15 when she won gold at the European Championships in the 10 metre Platform Synchro with Lois and she has followed this up with a string of medals, culminating in her selection for the Olympic team this week.

 

Speaking about her journey so far, Eden said:

"It's been so exciting to have competed on the world stage once again and winning a silver medal. However, the best part of it all was being able to secure an Olympic quota spot for Team GB. It has been a long and challenging journey, but it seems the sacrifices made along the way have all been worthwhile. Thank you, Alleyn's for the support you have given me through all these years."

This level of success is hard won, and Eden has worked tirelessly to balance her rigorous training and competition schedule with her academic studies, and the sacrifices she has made to chase her dream of representing GB in the Olympic games have been immense, from missing family events to studying on aeroplanes or poolside to catching up with school work after returning from competitions.

Representing her country in the Olympics has also coincided with studying for A levels in Maths, Biology and of course PE - no mean feat.

Gavin English, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s, said:

“This is a remarkable achievement in any context but that Eden has accomplished this while continuing to engage in the broader life of the school and rigorous academic study shows just what can be achieved with truly determined effort. Her silver medal and selection to the Tokyo team is of course phenomenal but Eden's journey and the commitment she has shown along the way are simply awe inspiring.”

Alleyn’s Head, Jane Lunnon, while conceding that it may not be as exciting as Tokyo, has nevertheless humbly invited Eden to sign the Head’s Book for Outstanding Achievement.

 
Alleyn's Observes Poignant Act of Remembrance in Lieu of Annual Parade

Staff and CCF join together for an alternative act of commemoration as lockdown affects annual parade and service.

On Sunday 8 November Alleyn's gathered in the Great Hall to observe a moving act of commemoration, a short film of which is now available for viewing on the School's website at www.alleyns.org.uk/remembrance.

During the service members of the Alleyn's staff, CCF and School Captain represented the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel.

Headmaster Mr Skinnard introduced the service, which was then led by Alleyn's Chaplain, Rev Lander.

Zeb, a musician in Year 10, beautifully sounded the Last Post and the Reveille, and those gathered respected the silence while wreaths were laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.

Major Benest represented the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS, and School Captain Morgan delivered a reading from John 15:9-17.

 

Alleyn's Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from the School, and therefore it returned to one of its original uses as the Remembrance was observed. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.

Alleyn's Year 13 CCF cadets, and all those who took part, feel incredibly proud with their involvement in this act of Remembrance whilst representing the Edward Alleyn Club, Dulwich Estate and all 3 Foundation Schools.

Usually on Remembrance Sunday, Alleyn's CCF and Edward Alleyn Club, in conjunction with CCF from Dulwich College and JAGS, parade through Dulwich Village to a commemorative service at Christ's Chapel. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, these activities were unable to go ahead in their usual format this year.

Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November with a whole school act of commemoration marked by a service and parade in the School quad, live-streamed to all staff and pupils across the site.

 
Alleyn’s New Head Jane Lunnon nominated ‘Best Head of a Public School’

Alleyn’s is delighted that their first female Head, who will join them in January 2021, has been nominated for the Best Head of the Year award by Tatler.  

Jane, currently Head of Wimbledon High School, comes with an impressive track record. Educated at North London Collegiate School and the University of Bristol, Jane worked in marketing and research before moving into teaching, which she describes as ‘the best job in the world’.  

Jane has experience in a variety of roles, including Head of English, Assistant Director of Studies, Head of Sixth Form, and Pastoral Deputy. In 2010 she joined Wellington College as Senior Deputy Head, before becoming Head of Wimbledon High School in September 2014.  

Jane’s impressive CV also includes her book, The State of Independence, (co-written with Dr David James) and another in the pipeline: Schools for Thought. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Committee, a trustee of the Royal Springboard Foundation, sits on the Board of Governors of Newland House and King Edward’s School, Witley and sits on the HMC Universities Committee.  

Commenting on her nomination for the award, Jane said, “I am amazed and so excited by this nomination and I can’t wait for the next adventure at Alleyn’s School.” 

 

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits Alleyn’s and opens the floor to students

Students at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich were privileged to receive a visit yesterday afternoon from U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun.

Mr Barzun, who has served as the ambassador to the UK since 2013, spoke to Yr 12 students about America’s place in the world, and explored their perceptions of the U.S. via an interactive quiz.

The visit included a Q&A session, where the ambassador opened the floor to students and was challenged to respond to questions on gritty topics such as immigration, culture and politics. Enquiries covered Russian/US relations, US military intervention, guns, the US presidential campaign and much more.

The ambassador provided students with insights into the American constitution, and shared anecdotes about his political career, including the first time he met President Obama: “I was nervous – I dressed up.”

Mr Barzun said of his visit, “I thank the students at Alleyn’s for being so honest with their opinions.  The young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow, whatever field they may choose, and it is important to listen to them. Today was about listening. “

Alleyn’s Headmaster, Dr Gary Savage, welcomed the ambassador to the School, and referenced a quote of Mr Barzun’s when he said, “The role of an ambassador is a project driven by a desire for mutual understanding. Our students were fantastic with their questions in pursuit of that goal today. The participatory nature of the session was both valuable and revealing.”

Every year, some of Alleyn’s Year 13 students take up higher education options at US institutions such as (most recently) Northwestern University in Chicago amongst others.  The School is proud to have a strong connection with the US via its network of States-based Old Boys and Girls and other school representatives who serve on educational bodies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Musicians from Alleyn’s School rock St John’s Smith Square at annual music concert

Students from Alleyn’s School in Dulwich presented their annual music concert at renowned London concert hall St. John’s Smith Square this week.

Audience members were treated to performances from the Alleyn’s Symphony Orchestra, Saximus Maximus, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and the Jazz Band. The concert, which has been running for over 15 years, showcases the best of music-making at Alleyn’s and is the product of many months of hard work from staff and pupils.

Chris Dearmer, Director of Music at Alleyn’s said, “All of the musicians have worked so hard to prepare the concert; they have rehearsed at least weekly since January. It is wonderful to perform in such a renowned London venue. St John’s Smith Square is the perfect size and setting for our school concert and we find the musicians really raise their game to honour this beautiful building with its lovely acoustic.”

Highlights – if it is possible to pinpoint particular performances from such a fantastic night – included the Saximus Maximus performance, conducted by Ned Bennett and delivered by musicians from all corners of the church; the Bob Chilcott arranged ‘A Little Jazz Mass’; and the stunning solo violin from Penny Young during a joyful performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26.

Jessica Wattles, Chair of the Alleyn’s Parents’ Association, said, “It was an exciting, musically varied show. I’ve been to six of these concerts and this one was the best. I hope that everyone involved feels proud to have given our children the opportunity to be part of something so special.”

St John’s Smith Square is known as an important musical centre, and hosts exciting programmes by artists from around the globe. It was designed and built by Thomas Archer and has a proud history, even surviving through the Blitz. This year SJSS is launching a range of initiatives including a major appeal.

Professor Brian Cox a hit as Alleyn’s pupils channel the spirit of enquiry at themed Science Day

Professor Brian Cox was a hit at the first RV Jones Science Lecture, hosted recently at Alleyn’s School. The well-known academic and TV presenter headlined the event and joined in scientific conversation with Alleyn’s scientist-in-residence, Dr Adam Rutherford.

A truly inspirational event

The RV Jones Science Lecture series has recently been announced as an annual feature at the school, with the aim of bringing prominent scientific minds to the local community for thought-provoking evenings of debate and enquiry. Professor Brian Cox was the first such speaker and he will soon be followed by the likes of Professor Robert Winston and Dr Helen Czerski.

Professor Brian Cox and Dr Adam Rutherford engaged in discussions that ranged far and wide, and managed to take the audience with them, in what was a truly inspirational event. Audience member Bernadette Stotte said of the evening: “Very interesting and enjoyable, even for those of us with very little knowledge of Higgs particles and gravitational waves!”

An Academy Award themed Science Day

Alleyn’s is celebrating all things scientific as it has recently opened its RV Jones Science Building after an 18 month long redevelopment project.  The RV Jones Science Lecture is one of a number of scientific activities that has been taking place, including a recent Science Day themed around the Academy Award nominated film The Martian, starring Matt Damon.

Science Day saw year 7 and 8 pupils taking part in off-timetable Science sessions. Organised into groups named after prominent scientists such as Marie Curie and James Watson, pupils undertook activities aligned with different scientific disciplines such as psychology (how the brain shapes our experience of the world), chemistry (murder on Mars: forensic science in order to establish who dunnit!) and physics (the design, building and firing of rockets to escape the red planet).

Headmaster Gary Savage said “Pupils and staff alike had a thoroughly enjoyable day. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who played a role in this educational endeavour, including our pupils who provided an abundance of imagination and enthusiasm.”

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.