Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017

FROM THE MASTER: Dr Joseph Spence

The building has exceeded our expectations, which since the opening of Phase 1 in April 2015 and Phase 2 in September 2016 has already been the site of hundreds of lessons and a variety of events. Donations and pledges towards The Laboratory have reached over £5.3 million, representing a community of some 1,500 donors to the project, from our 800 or more pupil members of the 2019 Society to the named- space benefactors. We are deeply grateful to all our supporters and community in embarking on this great adventure. Thank you. 2016 has been an important year for the College for another reason - we have marked the 400th anniversary of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift College and the 450th birthday of Edward Alleyn. For the first time in our history the three Dulwich Foundation Schools (Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS) came together to perform Verdi’s Requiem at London’s South Bank involving a chorus of over 400 singers and orchestra of 110 players. Also in May, Year 9 pupils from Dulwich and JAGS followed in footsteps of their spiritual South London Elizabethan ancestors with their performance of Jessica Swale’s acclaimed ‘The Playhouse Apprentice’ at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, part of the Shakespeare’s Globe.

A level and GCSE. An impressive 90% of all grades awarded at A level this Summer were at A*AB (86% in 2015) and equally encouraging at GCSE, with 85% of Year 11 achieving A* or A grades and 55% of those A*s (54% in 2015). In the lead up to our 400th anniversary, this is a particularly important time for the Dulwich College community. We continue to serve Old Alleynians throughout the world, and build on our burgeoning events calendar, including our professional networking gatherings. We also have ambitious development plans for the campus to transform the teaching and learning environment for future generations and for the Bursary Appeal Fund to deliver a ‘New Dulwich Experiment’. Together with your support we can go on offering the best education to our pupils and securing the College’s reputation as one of the leading boys’ schools in the world. I look forward to seeing many of you at forthcoming Alleyn Club events during the course of the next year, and working with many of you as we shape our plans for our 400th anniversary in 2019.

2016 marks a major milestone in the history of Dulwich with the completion of The Laboratory, the College’s most significant project to be built on the campus since the Barry Buildings in the 1860s. From initial concept to full design and construction, this project has been a story of altruism, creativity and collaboration inspired by cross-disciplinary thinking, and a commitment to the highest standards in teaching and learning. The result is an inspirational learning environment which will benefit not only future generations of Alleynians but the wider community through our many and varied local and international educational partnerships.

Thank you for your continuing support and commitment to our mission.

As ever,

I am delighted to report our continuing academic success at both

Dr Joseph Spence


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