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Jesuit Schools

Jesuit Schools encourage pupils to find God in all things, to contribute to the building up of a Christian community which in turn cares for and values them. It encourages excellence in all they do for the greater glory of God and the common good, and seeks to broaden their horizons so they engage with the wider world and ultimately change it for the better.

Wimbledon College (founded in 1892) is one of ten Jesuit schools in the UK. The schools in the UK are supported by the Jesuit Institute. More information about the other Jesuit schools in the UK and the Jesuit Institute can be found at its website.

A Jesuit school will be recognised by the characteristic values it promotes:

Finding God in all things

a Jesuit school recognises that every aspect of its work can affirm the goodness and presence of God

Caring for the individual

a Jesuit school focuses on the all-round formation of each person

Showing love in deeds

a Jesuit school is characterised by generosity in service to others, particularly where human dignity is threatened

Building a Christian community

a Jesuit school fosters a faith commitment to Christ and prepares pupils for a fuller participation in the life of Church

Engaging with the wider world

a Jesuit school helps pupils to be sensitive to the strengths and weaknesses in contemporary society and to witness to Christ’s presence in that society

Encouraging excellence

a Jesuit school is distinguished for its academic, religious and pastoral provision, through which it encourages the fullest possible development of talents

Co-operating in Jesuit mission

a Jesuit school works in co-operation with other Jesuit schools and ministries in the light of the apostolic and educational aims of the Society of Jesus 

The Jesuits founded their first schools in London at the Royal Palace of the Savoy and in Fenchurch Street in the City of London in 1687.  The schools were under the protection of King James II and were open to Catholic and Protestant boys alike.  However, both were attacked by the London mob and closed only a year later.  The Jesuits had then to wait until the 1830s to open a Jesuit school in Marylebone.  Today’s foundations at Wimbledon (1892) and Enfield (formerly Stamford Hill, 1894) are the descendants of those schools.