Wimbledon College

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Wimbledon College
College Badge
Motto Latin: Cor numinis fons luminis
("The heart of the divine is the fount of light.")
Established 1892
Type Voluntary aided comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Head Master Mr A Laing
Location Edge Hill
SW19 4NS
England, UK
Local authority Merton
DfE URN 102681 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1250~
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses 8
Colours Maroon, Dark Green, Gold and Dark Blue
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Archdiocese Southwark
Former pupils Old Wimbledonians
Publication(s) The Wimbledonian
Website www.wimbledoncollege.org.uk

Wimbledon College is a government-maintained voluntary-aided Jesuit Roman Catholic high school for boys aged 11 to 19. The school is based at Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London. It was founded in 1892 "for improvement in living and learning to the greater glory of God and the common good". Its seal says in Latin, "College of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon". It is affiliated with the Sacred Heart Church and Donhead Preparatory School, its main feeder preparatory school.


The school stands on a site where in 1860 John Brackenbury had purchased two large meadows below the Ridgway known as Tree and Boggy Fields. Brackenbury had helped to run Nelson House School, in Eagle House, Wimbledon High Street. His success there was such that in 1859 he took out a mortgage on the land below the Ridgway and founded the Anglican Preparatory Military Academy in 1860, also known as “Brackenbury’s”. The grounds of this college were so attractive that the school was opened to the public once a week. Among the alumni of Brackenbury's were rugby union international Henry Bryden and Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens, son of Charles Dickens. Although initially successful, Brackenbury's declined under the control of the Rev. Charles Wynn, and closed in 1887. In 1892 it was purchased by the Jesuits and reopened as Wimbledon College.[1] The school became a grammar school in 1944 and a comprehensive school from 1969.[1]

Father Michael Holman became headmaster in 1995 and his main contributions to the school included an entire renovation of the old gym and swimming pool into a new Sports Hall, Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and IT Suite. Shortly after leaving the post of headmaster at the College in 2004, Father Holman was appointed the Jesuit Provincial for Great Britain. Since Father Adrian Porter's appointment as Father Holman's successor, the College has undergone further changes, including a new visitors' entrance; refurbished classrooms, the addition of an electronic registration system which is used in parallel with the traditional registration system, and the movement of the LRC and IT Department to the location of the Sixth Form Centre. The Centre has been relocated to the former LRC/IT Department site. Adrian Laing was appointed headmaster from September 2011 and was the school's first lay headmaster in its long history.[citation needed]

House System[edit]

When boys join the College they are allocated to one of eight houses. All houses are named after a Saint. The houses are:

Fisher House, named after St John Fisher (1459-1535). House colour is red.

More House, named after St Thomas More (1477-1535). House colour is blue.

Campion House, named after St Edmund Campion SJ (1540-1581). House colour is green.

Southwell House, named after St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595). House colour is yellow.

Owen House, named after St Nicholas Owen SJ (1550-1606). House colour is dark green.

Hurtado House, named after St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952). House colour is gold.

Loyola House, named after St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). House colour is dark blue.

Xavier House, named after St Francis Xavier SJ (1506-1552). House colour is purple.

Every house has a 'Head of House' and a 'House Captain'. The houses also act as forms. Each year group-Figures (Y7), Rudiments (Y8), Lower Grammar (Y9), Grammar (Y10), Syntax (Y11), Poetry (Y12), and Rhetoric (Y13)- has 8 forms the names of which are simply the house they are in, added to the name. So 'Grammar, More' is one form and 'Poetry, Campion' would be another.


The College specialises in sports (especially rugby), extracurricular activities and Drama. A new music department was constructed in 2005. It is notable for its school productions and to assist in these a revolving stage has been built in the auditorium. At least one dramatic or musical show has been produced every year since 1972. The Strings Project was activated in 2005 to give 50 boys in Figures the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, cello or the double bass.[citation needed]

The College encourages students to take part in at least two of its wide selection of extracurricular activities. These range from a Drama club to the Chess club, and also from a Debating club to numerous optional school trips over the year. The College also has a selection of major and minor sports. Rugby is the biggest major sport and is played until Christmas. In 2010 Wimbledon College U13's won the Rosslyn Park National Seven's tournament, which is their biggest honour in the sport.[2] During the lent term rugby is still played along with football.[citation needed]

In the summer term rugby is no longer played. Instead cricket and athletics become the major sports. Athletics is practised at Wimbledon Park athletics track and cricket is played on the usual playing field at Coombe Lane. During the last week of the academic school year there is House Cricket tournament where all the best cricketers from the eight different houses play. Also in the last week of the school year there is a Sports day. All students participate. Years 7 and 8 have their sports day a day before years 9 and 10. The sports takes place at Wimbledon Park athletics stadium. Most track and field events are practised. The winner of the "A" team races get medals. The boy with the most medals on the day also get the "Victor Ludorum". On 4 May 2012, the U14A football team won The Collingwood Trophy, 3-2 in the final.[citation needed]


The Sixth Form has partnerships with the nearby Ursuline High School and Holy Cross School and Richard Challoner School in Kingston upon Thames.[3]

Notable former pupils[edit]


Science and Medicine


Entertainment, media and the arts[edit]


Politics, public service and the law[edit]



A list of Prefects of Studies (before 1944) and Headmasters (after 1944) with the years they were in the role.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Conservation Areas – Edge Hill
  2. ^ Past Winners Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens; retrieved 20 January 2013
  3. ^ 2009 Ofsted Report on Wimbledon College at school website
  4. ^ David Allison from CSVascular.com, retrieved 29 June 2015
  5. ^ Tom Connors from National Centre for Biotech Information, retrieved 29 June 2015
  6. ^ Joseph James Joe McPartlin from The Scotsman, retrieved 29 June 2015
  7. ^ Provincial for the Society of Jesus in Great Britain; accessed 19 March 2005.
  8. ^ List of Headmasters
  9. ^ Sir Charles Gavan Duffy biography, adb.anu.edu.au; accessed 22 September 2014.

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