Salesian School, Chertsey
Salesian School is a split-site Roman Catholic Comprehensive Secondary School in Chertsey, Surrey. The two sites were originally a pair of single-sex education Roman Catholic private schools maintained by the Salesian Fathers and Sisters. The Salesian College at Highfield Road, founded in 1921, was for boys and the later Guildford Road school was for girls. In 1971 they merged to form one comprehensive school but still maintained single-sex education on separate sites.
In 1983 it became a coeducational school with pupils located on sites according to their age or subject taught. As of 2009, however, Years 7 to 11 (aged 11–16 years) began to exclusively study at the larger Guildford Road, while the Sixth Form Centre (ages 16–18) remains at Highfield Road - the students currently following a two week timetable.
Father James Curran was Headmaster until 1967, followed by Father Edward O'Shea (1967–1977), Father John Gilheney (1977–1990), David Cleworth (1990–2005) and Eric Doherty (2005–2006). In September 2006, James Kibble took on the post of Head teacher. Currently, there are over 100 members of staff, either working as teachers, learning and teaching assistants or associate staff. One of the most famous former members of staff at Salesian School was Sean Devereux, the inspirational UNICEF worker assassinated while helping the poor of Somalia in 1993, who taught Physical Education at Salesian School from 1986-1988.
Following a two-day inspection in early September, on October 4, 2013 OFSTED published its most recent report on the school, declaring it to be Outstanding in all four categories of inspection.
Working with other schools
Salesian has a track record of supporting other schools in difficulty.
From December 2010-August 2011, head teacher James Kibble worked as Interim Executive Head for St John Bosco College, London, while overseeing the winding down of two schools: Salesian College (London) and John Paul II School in Wimbledon. In this capacity he worked with a range of stakeholders and appointed the new school's first head teacher. In March 2013, an Ofsted inspection judged the new school to be Good.
In May 2012, a neighbouring school, Jubilee High, Addlestone, was given a 'notice to improve' by OFSTED and the head teacher resigned. Salesian head teacher James Kibble, was appointed executive head of Jubilee High, until a permanent appointment could be made. He returned to the full-time headship of Salesian with the appointment of Stephen Price as head teacher of Jubilee in the spring of 2013.
In July 2013, Deputy Head teacher Ciran Stapleton, who served as Head of School during the Salesian/Jubilee partnership, was seconded to St Joseph's Catholic High School in Slough as interim head teacher.
- John Boorman, British film director
- Tim Brabants, British World Champion Canoeist Olympic K1000 Gold Medallist
- Terence Dackombe, actor (The Krays; Cockneys vs. Zombies), writer (Spitting Image)
- Tony Doyle, Cycling World Pursuit Champion 1980 & 1986
- Andrew Mackinlay, MP
- Martin Freeman, Actor
- Ian Selley, Arsenal FC 1992-1997
- Sir Kieran Prendergast, British diplomat
- Sev Lewkowicz, session musician (Mungo Jerry, Dennis Locorriere)
- Jean-Marie Carroll, musician (The Members)
- Graham Wilmer, author and child welfare consultant
- Brendan O' Connell, professional footballer for Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth FC, Barnsley FC, Burnley FC, Exeter FC, Wigan Athetic (player/coach) and Republic of Ireland (under 18)
The school has built up a solid reputation in the performing arts in recent years, staging successful productions of Sweet Charity, Bugsy Malone and Grease, The Wizard of Oz and Oliver!. It also produces two well-attended bi-annual community musical concerts. The school also has a positive record in national and regional contests, taking part in Young Enterprise events as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.