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Parents attracted by its reputation for a liberal, stimulating environment, with its history as a direct grant grammar school and perhaps less pretension than some more traditional public schools - ‘We weren’t interested in putting our children through a system...

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Founded in 1619, Alleyn's is an academically selective school that has been fully co-educational for nearly 40 years, and sets high academic standards for all its pupils. The School is known for its excellent pastoral care, and for encouraging pupils to engage in the widest possible range of co-curricular activities. Our most recent inspection report comments that the quality of pupils personal development is outstanding by the time they leave and is a great strength of the school.

Alleyn's provides a broad academic education, both for its own sake and to meet the demands of universities and other institutions of higher education. At the same time we also seek to nurture personal qualities of initiative, independence and leadership, and attach great importance to the development of other interests and skills, whether cultural, sporting, adventurous or a combination of all three.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Parents attracted by its reputation for a liberal, stimulating environment, with its history as a direct grant grammar school and perhaps less pretension than some more traditional public schools - ‘We weren’t interested in putting our children through a system that gave them an over-inflated view of their position....


Since 2010, Dr Gary Savage MA PhD Cantab (40s). Previously undermaster at Westminster School, joining after 10 years' teaching at Eton, where his roles included head of history, community service coordinator and housemaster of the scholars’ house. A historian of 18th century France, has a passion for watching sport (Ipswich Town supporter – he grew up in Suffolk and was state school educated) and for the arts. Has taught himself German, and he and his wife Natalie (a television and film producer) have a pied à terre...

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Special Education Needs

The school works with parents, staff and external professionals to identify conditions relating to specific learning differences. The school has a Learning Support Coordinator who will give advice and support to students with specific learning differences to help them achieve their potential. Where appropriate external support can also be enlisted.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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