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St. Aloysius' College
Motto Beati Mundo Corde
(Blessed are the pure of heart)
Established 19th century
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Thomas Mannion
Location Hornsey Lane
Greater London
N6 5LY
LEA London Borough of Islington
Ofsted number 100459
Students 900 (approx.)
Gender Boys
Ages 11 to 16
Coordinates: 51°34′11″N 0°08′20″W / 51.5698°N 0.1388°W / 51.5698; -0.1388

St. Aloysius' College is a Roman Catholic, boys-only state school in Islington, North London. Each year around 180 pupils are admitted to Year 7 (aged 11 or 12) on the basis of examination, however the local education authority also assigns students without a school to this school.

St Aloysius’ College was founded in 1879 by the Brothers of Mercy as a Roman Catholic Independent part boarding and day school, then a Grammar School remaining so until it became Comprehensive in 1971. The control of the College was passed to the De La Salle Brothers in 1960. St Aloysius’ College is the oldest surviving foundation of its kind in the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The school merged with another local boys comprehensive in the 1980s and lost its sixth form in the 1990s. Today, St Aloysius’ College is a comprehensive Day School for Roman Catholic boys in the age range 11-16 and is currently undergoing extensive rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

The school is used by the National Youth Theatre for many of its auditions and courses.

Famous former pupils include Bishop George Stack, Chelsea F.C. star Joe Cole, Gary Breen, Everton F.C player, Moses Barnett and actors Michael Gambon, Peter Sellers and Femi Oyeniran and also future Solicitor, Politician Clive G. Boakye, Poet/Novelist David P.A. Carling and up and coming poker pro Jack Germaine. One of its most feared former headteachers was Brother Claude, also known as 'Boss.' His ability with the cane was legendary and boys sneaking a fag at break time lived in fear of being caught and hearing the terrible words: "You boy, Schmoking. My offish, now."

Most recent Ofsted inspection

The school underwent its most recent Office for Standards in Education inspection in November 2006, receiving a Grade 2 ("good") in overall effectiveness.[1] That inspection describes the school as follows:

The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and who do not speak English as their home language are much higher than in the great majority of colleges. Pupils' attainment on entry varies but is usually below average. The college is part of the extended college initiative. The college was placed into special measures in January 2003. Subsequently, it experienced recruitment and retention difficulties. The governing body was disbanded in summer 2003 and an interim executive board established to govern the college. A new governing body was established in June 2005. The college was led by an acting headteacher for a period before the current substantive headteacher was appointed as acting headteacher in January 2004 and the appointment confirmed in September 2004. The school was removed from special measure in 2004.[1]

The report begins its summary of the school's overall effectiveness as follows:

St Aloysius has emerged from a turbulent period and is now a good college. Standards are now rising faster than the national trend. This successful transition owes much to a dedicated core of teachers who are passionate about the college. The headteacher has been instrumental in galvanising and marshalling their enthusiasm, by raising their expectations as to what pupils might achieve and consequently increasing the morale of the whole staff. Through his excellent leadership, the staff have united, there is a common sense of purpose and a strong determination to do the very best for the boys at St Aloysius.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Barry (2006-11-08). "St Aloysius RC College Inspection Report" (pdf). OFSTED.\\school\\100\\s5_100459_20061122.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  

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