Wimbledon College
Wimbledon College is a government-maintained voluntary-aided Jesuit Roman Catholic high school
High school
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 for boys aged 11 to 19. The school is based at Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London
Wimbledon, London
Wimbledon is a district in the south west area of London, England, located south of Wandsworth, and east of Kingston upon Thames. It is situated within Greater London. It is home to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and New Wimbledon Theatre, and contains Wimbledon Common, one of the largest areas...

. It was founded in 1892 "for improvement in living and learning to the greater glory of God
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 and the common good
Common good
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". Its seal says in Latin, "College of the Most Sacred Heart".


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 in 1860 the Anglican Preparatory Military Academy, also known as “Brackenbury’s”. The grounds of this college were so attractive that the College used to be opened to the public once a week. Initially a successful school, Brackenbury’s declined under the control of the Rev. Charles Wynn, and closed down in 1887. In 1892 it was purchased by the Jesuits and reopened as Wimbledon College. Among the alumni of the former school were the rugby union international Henry Bryden
Henry Bryden
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 and Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens
Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens
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 the son of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
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Father Holman's main contributions to the school, around the turn of the century, include 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, Father Holman was appointed the Jesuit Provincial for Great Britain.

The school became a grammar school in 1944 and a comprehensive school from 1969.

Since Father Porter's appointment as headmaster, 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 Lang was appointed Headmaster from September 2011


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
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, viola
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, cello
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 or the double bass
Double bass
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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 up to Christmas. During the lent term rugby is still played along with football. 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.

In the last week of the academic school year there is House Cricket tournament where all the best cricketers from the four different houses(More, Fisher, Southwell and Campion)play. Also in the last week of the school year this 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"

The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship

The school has its first student attain a place on the prestigious Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme in 2009.

Notable alumni

  • Sir Anthony Leggett - winner of 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics
    Nobel Prize in Physics
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  • Peter Milward
    Peter Milward
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     S.J., Shakespeare scholar and emeritus professor of English Literature at Sophia University
    Sophia University
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    , Tokyo

Science and Medicine
  • Prof. David Allison - Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging
  • Prof. Tom Connors - "Father of anti-cancer drug development'
  • Prof. Donal Bradley
    Donal Bradley
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    , CBE FRS - Molecular Electronic Devices and Applications - Director of the Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London
    Imperial College London
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  • Jay Tabb
    Jay Tabb
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     - footballer
  • Ben Ryan
    Ben Ryan
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     - England Rugby Sevens Head Coach
  • Joe McPartlin - Rugby - Oxford,Harlequins and Scotland
  • Brain Mullen - Rugby - Montferrand and London Irish

Entertainment, media and the arts
  • Christopher Hewett
    Christopher Hewett
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     - actor
  • Des Kelly
    Des Kelly
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     - journalist and columnist
  • George Malcolm
    George Malcolm (musician)
    George Malcolm CBE was an English harpsichordist and conductor.Malcolm's first instrument was the piano, and his first teacher was a nun who recognised his talent and recommended him to the Royal College of Music. Malcolm went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford...

     - musician
  • Paul Merton
    Paul Merton
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     - comedian
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    , writer and TV presenter
  • Mike Paradinas
    Mike Paradinas
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     - musician
  • Eric Porter
    Eric Porter
    Eric Richard Porter was an English actor of stage, film and television.-Early life:Porter was born in Shepherd's Bush, London, to Richard John Porter and Phoebe Elizabeth Spall...

     - actor
  • Philip Stephens - journalist
  • Patrick Bishop
    Patrick Bishop
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     - journalist and author
  • Christopher Howse - journalist
  • Victor Keegan
    Victor Keegan
    Victor Keegan is a British journalist and author focusing on economics and technology issues. Born in London in 1940, he has spent most of his working life at The Guardian as reporter, financial correspondent, deputy financial editor, economics editor, business editor, duty editor, Chief Leader...

     - journalist
  • Andre Barreau
    Andre Barreau
    -The Bootleg Beatles:Following the final show of the West End musical Beatlemania, Barreau formed The Bootleg Beatles with fellow cast members Neil Harrison and David Catlin-Birch...

     - Musician

  • Eugene Esmonde
    Eugene Esmonde
    Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde VC DSO, F/Lt, RAF, Lt-Cdr RN was a distinguished pilot who was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded to members of Commonwealth forces...

     - WWII
    World War II
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     naval pilot, led attack on Bismarck
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    , awarded the Victoria Cross
    Victoria Cross
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     after Channel Dash
  • Sir John Keegan
    John Keegan
    Sir John Keegan OBE FRSL is a British military historian, lecturer, writer and journalist. He has published many works on the nature of combat between the 14th and 21st centuries concerning land, air, maritime, and intelligence warfare, as well as the psychology of battle.-Life and career:John...

     - military historian
  • Gerald Robert O'Sullivan
    Gerald Robert O'Sullivan
    Gerald Robert O'Sullivan VC was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.He was 26 years old, and a captain in the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,...

     - WWI
    World War I
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     Victoria Cross holder
  • Patrick Reid - Colditz Castle
    Colditz Castle
    Colditz Castle is a Renaissance castle in the town of Colditz near Leipzig, Dresden, and Chemnitz in the state of Saxony in Germany. Used as a workhouse for the indigent and a mental institution for over 100 years, it gained international fame as a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for...

     escaper (WWII) and author

Politics, public service and the law
  • Peter Duffy (QC)
    Peter Duffy
    Peter Duffy QC was a British barrister. Educated at Wimbledon College, London, he read law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he received a first class degree. He went on to Queen Mary College, London, where he taught from 1979 to 1989. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1978...

     - barrister
  • John Patten, Baron Patten
    John Patten, Baron Patten
    John Haggitt Charles Patten, Baron Patten, PC is a former Conservative Party Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons...

     - politician
  • Sir Michael Quinlan - civil servant
  • Sir Nicolas Bratza
    Nicolas Bratza
    Sir Nicolas Dušan Bratza is a British lawyer of Serbian descent and one of two Vice-Presidents of the European Court of Human Rights...

     - judge

  • Father Michael Holman, SJ
    Michael Holman (priest)
    Father Michael Holman SJ is the current principle of Heythrop College, University of London and former Headmaster of Wimbledon College and the of the Jesuits in the British Province...

    , head of the British Jesuits

See also

  • Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon
    Sacred Heart Church Wimbledon
    Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic church and parish in Wimbledon, South West London run by the Jesuits, that serves the Catholic community of Wimbledon and surrounding areas.-General:...

  • Donhead
    Donhead is a Roman Catholic independent school taking boys from ages 4 to 11, based in south-west London.The school is situated at 33 Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW19 4NP, with its Sports Ground at 143 Coombe Lane, London SW20 0QX.It was founded by the Jesuits in 1933.ORIGINSThe building known...

  • Ursuline High School (Wimbledon)
  • List of Victoria Crosses by School

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