Wolsey House Primary School takes its name from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c.1473 - 1529). Wolsey was a commoner who, through sheer hard work and determination, rose to become Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, the most powerful position in the land after the king himself.
Wolsey served as Chancellor for fourteen years but fell out of favour with the king when he failed to secure his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Henry needed permission from the Pope to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn. Wolsey was unable to persuade the Pope to agree and was summoned to London to stand trial in 1529. He stopped at Leicester on the journey to London and was taken ill and died at Leicester Abbey. He was buried at the Abbey, now part of Abbey Park, which is just a short walk from our school.