Heads Welcome

Headteacher’s Welcome

“IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE LOVED – THEY MUST KNOW THAT THEY ARE LOVED.”

St John Bosco College is a voluntary-aided school within the trusteeship of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Archdiocese of Southwark, our ethos is based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the educational approach of Saint John Bosco. We are a co-educational, comprehensive school meeting the needs of children of all abilities, from 11-18 years of age. Our facilities include specialist provision for children with autism, in our Savio base.   

Whilst we are rightly proud of our new school buildings in the heart of Battersea we are equally proud that our school is built on a religious and educational tradition stretching back to the 19th century. The Salesian founder St John Bosco, first established his ‘Oratario’ in Turin, Italy, in the 1840s on the principles of high educational standards and sound moral and religious education.  

St John Bosco’s educational philosophy was rooted in his faith and has been summarized as ‘reason, religion and kindness’. At St John Bosco College we aim to educate our pupils with these three words in mind, focusing on their academic and spiritual development and modelling the values of love and forgiveness found in the gospel, in our dealings with them.

An often quoted line of St John Bosco’s was that ‘for young people it is not enough that they are loved, they must know that they are loved’. With this in mind, at St John Bosco College each child is known personally by staff and is well-supported throughout their time at school to achieve to the very best of their abilities in a happy and positive environment. We achieve this through having a strong pastoral system, excellent learning and teaching and an extensive range of sporting, cultural, and social extra-curricular activities.

Whilst our admissions policy gives priority to children in Catholic primary schools, we welcome students from other faiths and backgrounds, and we lay particular emphasis on respecting diversity and celebrating the dignity of each and every person. Parents and carers of prospective pupils are welcome to contact the school for more information and to arrange a visit to see us in action. Please refer to the contact us section of the website to find out how to do this.

We look forward to meeting you.

Paul Dunne
Acting Headteacher
April 2017