New Catholic Secondary School Approved

Wandsworth Council approved plans for school and sixth form college in Battersea

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The site will become the new permanent home for the Saint John Bosco College which was formed in 2011 through the merger of two existing Catholic schools - John Paul II and Salesian College.

Saint John Bosco is currently located on the former John Paul II site at Princes Way, Southfields and will move to its new Battersea home once the new building is ready.

The college currently has 529 pupils. The new campus will be able to support up to 1,300. It will include a specialist council funded unit which will support up to 25 pupils with autistic spectrum disorders.

The development will create a four-storey school building with outdoor play areas as well as a new three-storey community building, two residential blocks and two town houses.

The value created through building the new homes on the site will go towards the cost of building the brand new school facilities.

The former John Paul II site at Princes Way, Southfields will also be used for new homes to finance the creation of the new school campus at Surrey Lane. Plans for this site were also approved by the planning committee under a separate planning application.

Planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said:
“The new Saint John Bosco will offer a cutting-edge learning environment for generations to come and give local parents another first-rate secondary school to choose from here in Wandsworth. This completed scheme will be a real step forward for the borough’s school provision and will help to boost local housing supply.”

The Princes Way site (former John Paul II School) and the Surrey Lane site (former Salesian College) are not owned by Wandsworth Council.

Residents can view the application documents on the council’s website.

September 11, 2013