St Aloysius College, Highgate

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St Aloysius' College
Motto Latin: Beati Mundo Corde
("Blessed are the pure of heart")
Established 1879
Type Voluntary aided comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Tom Mannion
Location Hornsey Lane
Greater London
N6 5LY
Coordinates: 51°34′11″N 0°08′20″W / 51.5698°N 0.1388°W / 51.5698; -0.1388
Local authority Islington
DfE URN 100459 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 900 (approx.)
Gender Boys; Coeducational Sixth Form
Ages 11–18
Colours Green
Diocese Westminster

St Aloysius' College is a Roman Catholic, boys-only state school in the London Borough of Islington, North London. Each year around 180 pupils are admitted to Year 7 (aged 11 or 12) on the basis of examination, however the local education authority also assigns students without a school to this school. It is the oldest surviving foundation of its kind in the Archdiocese of Westminster.


St Aloysius’ College was founded in 1879 by the Brothers of Mercy[disambiguation needed] as a Roman Catholic independent boarding and day school and then a grammar school. The control of the college was passed to the De La Salle Brothers in 1960. It turned comprehensive in 1971 with the reorganisation of the English education system and merged with another local boys comprehensive (St. William of York) in the 1980s.[1] The school went through a turbulent period during the 1990s with declining academic standards and the subsequent loss of its sixth form. It reopened the sixth form in September 2010 and admitted a small number of girls.[2] It was awarded the Sportsmark and Artsmark awards. It also featured in a Dispatches special on Channel 4, Undercover Teacher.

The school is used by the National Youth Theatre for many of its auditions and courses.


Pupils generally take 10 or 11 GCSE subjects.[3]

The sixth form is part of a collaboration of local schools in the area known as the Islington Sixth Form Consortium. 14 AS Level and 4 A2 subjects and a number of BTEC courses are available.[2]

Most recent Ofsted inspection[edit]

The school underwent its most recent Office for Standards in Education inspection in March 2012, receiving a Grade 1 ("outstanding") in all categories.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]


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