St. Philip's School
St Philip's was founded when two priests of the Birmingham Oratory took over an existing Catholic Grammar School in 1887. It should not be confused with the Oratory School founded by Cardinal Newman in 1859 and later moved to Pangbourne, near Reading.
The school started in the Little Oratory on 19 September 1887 until the main building was completed on 13 December 1887. The longest-serving teacher in the school's history was Francis Thomas Leighton,who served as "Second Master" (Deputy Head) from 1911 until 1945, having served as Headmaster when the School was evacuated to Ludlow in 1941. His two sons, and later, grandson, also attended the school. FT Leighton finally left to found an independent Preparatory School, Leighton House School, serving as a "feeder" school for St Philip's. The school ceased to accept new entrants as a boys Grammar School in 1976, while the 1975 cohort progressed through to 1980.
Sixth form college
It became St Philip's Roman Catholic Sixth Form College in 1976, with around 800 sixth formers. In October 1992, due to only 30% of the intake being Catholic, the board of governors unsuccessfully attempted to change it to an 11-16 boys' secondary school, resulting in the Hagley Road site closing in August 1995. It temporarily became a site of South Birmingham College from 1995 but was vacated within a few years. The main school buildings were demolished in the early months of 2012.
- Anthony E. Pratt, inventor of the board game Cluedo
- Don Maclean, entertainer and presenter of Crackerjack.
- Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge
- John Jenkins, Ambassador to Iraq since 2009
- Terence Rigby, Actor
- J. R. R. Tolkien and his brother Hilary Tolkien: In 1902, the Tolkien family moved to a house in Edgbaston next door to the Birmingham Oratory and the school. Tolkien had been attending King Edward's School but was moved to St Philip's. Later, he won a Foundation Scholarship to King Edwards and returned to his former school.
- Patrick Gallaher CBE, Chairman of North West Gas from 1974–82, and of Wales Gas Board from 1970-74, and President of the IGasE from 1977-78
- Paul Leighton, Broadcaster and BBC Radio 2 Newsreader 1981-2000.
- Sir Francis Griffin, Director of the NEC from 1970-74, 1976–80
- Squadron Leader Peter Latham, later Air Vice-Marshal, Station Commander of RAF Tengah from 1969–71
- William Slim - Between 1903 and 1910, William Slim attended St. Phillip's and King Edward's. As Field Marshal Slim, he served as the British Commander in Chief in Southeast Asia during World War II.
- Saint Philip Neri
- A History of St Philips, from Beginning to Beginning, Margaret Worsley, Wine Press, Tamworth, 1997, ISBN 1-86237-078-8
- A History of St Philips, from Beginning to Beginning, Margaret Worsley, Wine Press, Tamworth, 1997; ISBN 1-86237-078-8
- Friesen, Darryl (24 October 1995). "The Tolkien Timeline". The Grey Havens. Retrieved 2006-03-13.
- A History of St Philips, from Beginning to Beginning by Margaret Worsley, Wine Press, Tamworth 1997, ISBN 1-86237-078-8
- Janus, The Papers of Field Marshal Slim
- Tolkien Trail
- Details from listed building database (217210) - Former St Philips school hall, now part of the Oratory complex - Grade II*. Images of England. English Heritage.
- Discussed in Parliament in October 1993