Salesian College (London)

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Salesian College
Motto Servite Domino in Laetitia (Latin: Serve the Lord with Gladness)
Established 1895
Closed 2011
Type Voluntary Aided Comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Stephen McCann, MPhil, MA
Chair of Governors Nicholas Potter
Founder Salesians of Don Bosco
Location Surrey Lane
SW11 3PB
Local authority Wandsworth
DfE URN 101061 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c. 550
Gender Boys
Ages 11–16
Colours Maroon and Gold ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    

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. [1] The College aimed to provide an education loosely based on the principles of St John Bosco, founder of the Salesians of Don Bosco.


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.[2] It will move to the old Surrey Lane site when new buildings have been constructed.[3] 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).

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