James Allen’s

James Allen’s Girls’ School, East Dulwich Grove, London SE22 8TE
SE22 8TE
London – Inner (London postal codes)
020 8693 1181
774, Upper sixth 105
The Registrar

Founded in 1741, one of three schools of the Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift foundation and the oldest independent girls’ school in London. Usually known as JAGS, it moved in 1886 to its present site of 22 acres in the pleasant inner London suburb of Dulwich. There have been massive additions since 1978 to provide excellent modern facilities, including a theatre (designed to professional standards), dance and drama studios, an artificial turf pitch and a swimming pool. Inter-denominational, it puts some stress on the inculcation of Christian ethics. Its declared aims are to encourage and promote: intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm and imagination; concern for others; confidence and independence of mind; and the pursuit of excellence (whatever the undertaking). A popular school, it is well-known for its good teaching and academic achievements. Examination results are excellent and many sixth formers go on to Oxbridge. There is a big commitment to music and drama, and art is extremely strong. There is some collaboration with Dulwich College in cultural enterprises. It has an unusually wide range of sporting and games activities and is very strong in extra-curricular activities, including debating. It has strong links with local community and is involved in the government independent/state school partnership scheme.

Headmistress: Mrs Marion Gibbs, in post since 1994. Educated at Basingstoke High and Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham, and at Bristol University (classics). Previously an HMI, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Classics at Haberdasher’s Aske’s, and Head of Sixth Form and Director of Studies at Burgess Hill. Also formerly Chief Examiner GCSE (Latin) and Chairman Inter-Board A-level Classics Panel. Publications include Greek Tragedy: An Introduction (Bristol Classical Press). Teaching staff: 65 full time, 35 part time.
GCSE: 105 pupils in Year 11: all gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects (average 9.8 subjects, most with A/A* grades). A-levels: 86 in upper sixth: 90% passed in 4+ subjects and 10% in 3+ subjects (average of 4.2 subjects; 70% gained A grades in 3 or more A-levels); average final point score of 480.
All sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (30% after a gap year), some 28% to Oxbridge. 15% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 17% in maths, economics and science, 5% in law, 5% in architecture and engineering, 34% in humanities and social sciences, 8% in modern languages, 8% in music and drama, 8% took art foundation courses prior to degree courses.
Sport: Hockey, netball, swimming, athletics, football, volleyball, squash, basketball, table tennis, rounders, tennis, dance, gym, orienteering, self-defence, PE compulsory for 6 years. Optional: karate, water-polo, aerobics, yoga, weight-training, trampolining, fencing, skating, sailing, cross-country, tag rugby, canoeing, riding. BAGA and RLSS (bronze medallion) exams may be taken; also community sports’ leader award in sixth form. 2 in England cross-country team, number of county netball and hockey players, swimmers and athletes; national team athletics finalists (last 2 years), London schools’ swimming relay champions. Awarded Sportsmark gold. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community service optional; school raised Σ10,000 pa for charity recently. Over 30 clubs and societies, eg Amnesty International, conducting class, environmental, Japanese, poetry, photography, science, politics, languages, design and technology, philosophy caf’©, chess club.
is run by School Alumnae Officer, Cindy Rutherford, c/o the school
Anita Brookner and Lisa St Aubin de Teran (authors); Frances Line (former controller Radio 2); Mary Francis (former Director of ABI); Shani Anderson (Olympic athlete); Joanna Dodson QC; Darshini David (Sky TV economics presenter); Marina Wyatt (CEO, TomTom); Sally Hawkins, Daisy Haggard, Hattie Morahan (actresses); Sam Holcroft (playwright).