Wesley College, Sheffield
Wesley College, a school to educate the sons of the laity, opened in 1838 in new buildings designed by William Flockton on Glossop Road, Sheffield, England. It was founded by Rev. Samuel Dousland Waddy (1804”“1876) to “supply a generally superior and classical education, combined with religious training in the principles of Methodism” and was initially called the “Wesleyan Proprietary Grammar School”. The change in name to Wesley College seems to have taken place in 1844, when a “Royal Warrant, constituting the Sheffield Wesley College a college of the University of London was forwarded to Mr Waddy (subsequently Governor, from 1844 to 1862) by Sir James Graham, which empowered the college to issue certificates to candidates for examination for the several degrees of Bachelor and Master of Arts, and Bachelor and Doctor of Laws”. A year later it spurred Rev. James Gillman, William Ferguson, William Stewart and Thomas Waugh in Dublin, Ireland to consider creating a similar school in Dublin. The school accepted its first 90 boarders on 8 August 1838. By 1841 the number of pupils had increased to 172. In 1905 Wesley College was purchased by Sheffield Council and merged with Sheffield Royal Grammar School to form King Edward VII School (Upper School Site), named after the reigning monarch. The building is currently being refurbished, with the addition of a sports hall and science block, as part of the BSF programme

Headmasters of Wesley College

Governors of Wesley College

Notable alumni of Wesley College
  • Samuel Danks Waddy (1830”“1902) - English politician, Judge (son of Samuel Dousland Waddy, above)
  • Frank Wilson (1859”“1918) - Premier of Western Australia
  • Leonard Cockayne (1855”“1934) - horticulturist, botanist
  • Cecil Henry Wilson (1862”“1945) - Labour MP for Attercliffe
  • Frederick Cawley, 1st Baron Cawley, cotton merchant and Liberal politician


1837-1853 John Manners, M.A. 1853-1888 Henry McE Shera, M.A. LLD. 1888-1891 Joseph J. Findlay, M.A. Ph.D 1891-1905 Valentine W. Pearson, B.A. 1837-1842 Rev John McLean 1842-1844 Rev Isaac Keeling 1844-1862 Samuel Dousland Waddy 1862-? Rev John James Rev John Harvard Rev William Jessop 1879-1888 Rev William Dallinger FRS