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Salesian College, Battersea

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Established  1895
Religion  Roman Catholic
Number of students  550
Closed  2011
Chair of Governors  Nicholas Potter
Founded  1895
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Type  Voluntary Aided Comprehensive
Headmaster  Stephen McCann, MPhil, MA
Motto  Servite Domino in Laetitia (Latin: Serve the Lord with Gladness)
Local authority  London Borough of Wandsworth

Salesian College was a Roman Catholic, Voluntary Aided school for boys aged 11 to 16 (previously 11 to 18, until it had to jettison its Sixth Form). It was founded in 1895 in Battersea, London by the religious order of the Salesians of Don Bosco, who arrived in Battersea in 1887 as part of Don Bosco's dream to establish a Salesian presence in Great Britain and the British Empire, with its missionary potential. The College aimed to provide an education loosely based on the principles of St John Bosco, founder of the Salesians of Don Bosco.


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At the end of August 2011 Salesian College and the John Paul II School, both in Wandsworth Borough, merged to create a new school - St John Bosco College. This opened on 1 September 2011 and currently occupies the Wimbledon site of the former John Paul II School. It will move to the old Surrey Lane site when new buildings have been constructed. In the meantime, it has served as the location of BBC3 sitcom "Bad Education" and art studios for the Association of Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA).

Notable former pupils

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  • Lord O'Donnell, GCB, former Cabinet Secretary.
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock, KBE, film director; only spent one week there (as a boarder in 1908).
  • Catherine Tate, comedian, actress, personality.
  • Bryan Marshall, actor.
  • Patrick Wilde, playwright and screenwriter.
  • Mgr Nicholas Morrish, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei for Great Britain since 1998.
  • Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President & CEO of Six Flags.
  • Martin McDonagh, film director, screenwriter and playwright.
  • Danny Thompson, musician.
  • Yuri "Aggro" Santos, Brazilian-born rapper.
  • Brian Curtin, disgraced former legal luminary.
  • Kevin Day, comedy writer and sports presenter.
  • Brian J. Dooley, human rights activist.

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