Wimbledon College

Simon Potter
Retired teacher Simon Potter received an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours recently, where he was awarded for ‘services to education in Wimbledon’.Simon Potter joined Wimbledon College in 1972 and became Head of English in 1981. He retired from teaching at the College in 2009, having inspired generations of pupils. Since then he has continued to support pupils by returning to run revision classes for A Level and GCSE classes. Throughout his career at the College, he has...
For all his daily essentials: 10 litres of water
The Chaplain at Wimbledon College, the Jesuit school for 11 to 18-year-old boys in South West London, has set himself a thirsty challenge for Lent: to live on 10 litres of water a day for a week. James Potter, who took the challenge to live on less than £1 a day a few years ago, is fundraising through the College for CAFOD’S Lenten Water appeal.  He is also linking it with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, specifically ‘Giving drink to the thirsty’.Initially, James felt that 10 litres was quite a...
Roger Dawson SJ makes his final vows
Fr Roger Dawson SJ made is final vows in a mass celebrated by the Provincial Fr Dermot Preston SJ on Saturday.  It is customary to hold these joyful ceremonies on the feast of a Jesuit saint, and this was no exception, Saturday being the feast of St Francis Borgia SJ, third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.Fr Preston’s homily focussed on the example of the life of St Francis Borgia, a man who faithfully served his sovereigns the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Queen Isabel, and...
Runners Feet
The head of the sixth form at Wimbledon College, Dominic Boyse, admits that he is not a born runner, however he is currently in training and this Sunday 27 September plans to overcome his natural antipathy to running and take part in his second Ealing Half Marathon - for the uninitiated that’s 13 miles 192 yards – and two half marathons make one full one!Dominic will be running with his eldest son, Ollie, and he is raising much needed funds for the Faith in Action Homeless Project in Merton and...
Wimbledon College Chaplain James Potter, with a group of Sixth form boys
The Jesuit ethos features strongly in the Section 48 Southwark Diocesan Inspection Report which took place at Wimbledon College in July.The report graded the college overall as “Outstanding” which is an improvement from “Good” at the last inspection. One sixth form pupil stated, “it is the constant desire to get better that makes us outstanding”.The proportion of the 1265 boys aged 11-18 years old at the school who are baptized Catholics is 93.6% with 35% being recruited from the 5 feeder...
A former pupil of Donhead Preparatory School and Wimbledon College is the new Spider-Man. Tom Holland, who attended the Jesuit college in South West London until 2012, will take over the role of Peter Parker who becomes the Marvel superhero when the latest film hits cinemas in 2017.The producer of the new Spider-Man film, Amy Pascal, described Tom as “the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” saying that they needed “a vibrant, talented young actor...
Patrick Burgess MBE, who was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon and Beaumont Colleges, has been made Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Patrick (pictured below) has had a long association with the Order of St John and had been its Honorary Legal Counsel since 2007. He was installed as Chancellor of the Order by its Grand Prior, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London. This...
Jesuit parishes and other communities throughout Britain are joining the rest of the country today in recalling the outbreak of the First World War, the role its members played in the conflict and the sacrifice of so many thousands.The Great War is being remembered especially at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. More than 1,000 pupils from the school were sent to the trenches; 167 of them died in active service. Three Victoria Crosses were awarded to Old Stonyhurst pupils – the first was...
Students at Wimbledon College have raised more than £3,000 to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Most of it was generated over the six weeks of Lent but they are continuing to collect funds for the charity.One student in particular went to extreme lengths to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 16-year-old Luke Higgins shaved his head, thereby generating over £800 through his efforts. “I did it because I thought by doing something extreme, I would raise more money for such...
The Jesuits in Britain developed a variety of ministries alongside the parish in Wimbledon. In 1892, they purchased Brackenbury’s, the Anglican Preparatory Military Academy, which had closed down in 1887 and re-opened it as Wimbledon College.  The school became a grammar school in 1944 and a comprehensive school in 1969, and over the ensuing years, has substantially increased its facilities. It is currently a state-maintained, voluntary aided (non-fee paying), secondary school for Catholic...

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