St John Bosco College, Battersea

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St John Bosco College

TypeVoluntary aided school
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityWandsworth
Department for Education URN135762 Tables
ChairMrs Jane Hargrave
HeadteacherPaul Dunne
Age11 to 18

St John Bosco College is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form for boys and girls, located in Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth, England.[1]

The school was judged ‘outstanding’ by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark in its most recent section 48 inspection in May 2019. Ofsted judged the school as ‘good’ in May 2017.[2] In the summer of 2018 the school achieved its best ever GCSE results with a headline progress measure of +0.32.

Housed in an attractive modern building near to the beautiful Battersea Square, a short walk from Clapham Junction and Battersea Bridge, the school has grown in size and reputation since it moved to its new premises in the Autumn of 2015.

The school is run under the joint trusteeship of the RC Archdiocese of Southwark and the Salesians of Don Bosco. It is named after Saint John Bosco, an Italian priest and educator of the 19th century, who dedicated his life to the education of young people, particular the most disadvantaged.


Admissions for children transferring to the school in-year are made through Wandsworth Pupil Services. Parents of children wishing to apply for places in year 7 in September 2020 need to apply through the local authority where they reside before the 31 October 2019 deadline for pupil admissions. The school website has more details about the admissions process.


A long tradition of Salesian education in Battersea[edit]

There is a long tradition of Salesian education in Battersea. St John Bosco College is situated on the site of its predecessor school Salesian College which was founded in 1895 in Battersea, London by the religious order of the Salesians of Don Bosco. They had first 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 parish church of Sacred Heart adjacent to the school was first built in 1875 and the first Salesians who arrived in 1887 were Fr Edward McKiernan, Fr Charles Macey and Br Rossaro. After a long and distinguished history Salesian College closed in August 2011, under the Headship of Mr Stephen McCann, to pave the way for the opening of St John Bosco College

A new Roman Catholic School for Wandsworth[edit]

The school was established to provide a single, co-educational, Roman Catholic School in the Borough of Wandsworth by its joint Trustees; the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark and the Salesians of Don Bosco. The two predecessor schools, Salesian College and John Paul II School were closed in August 2011. St John Bosco College opened in September 2011 with Dr Simon Uttley as Headteacher. Dr Uttley was succeeded by Mr Paul Dunne as Head in January 2017.[3] The school was initially located on the site of the former John Paul II School while the new building was constructed in Battersea. The school moved to its present site in October 2015. The move came under criticism due to the use of the old site for housing developments instead of a new primary school as campaigners had sought, citing the shortage of huge numbers of school places in the area.[4]

The Salesian Family[edit]

St John Bosco College is part of the worldwide family of Salesian schools. The Salesians have over 3000 schools in more than 130 countries worldwide. St John Bosco College has five sister schools in England in Bolton, Bootle, Chertsey, Croxteth and Farnborough. The school has links to many Salesian schools around the world including schools in Turin, Borgomanero, Darjeeling, Bethlehem and Madrid.


  1. ^ "Saint John Bosco College :: Home". Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Saint John Bosco College". OFSTED.
  3. ^ "Saint John Bosco College :: SJBC Developments". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Parents demand 'school places, not new homes'". London Evening Standard. 4 July 2013. p. 36.

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Coordinates: 51°28′30″N 0°10′18″W / 51.4749°N 0.1717°W / 51.4749; -0.1717