Lord Patten of Barnes, alumnus and Patron of St Benedict's, was guest of honour at the school's Academic Scholars' Evening recently.
Chris Patten is Chancellor of Oxford University and a cross bench member of the House of Lords.
He was the last British Governor of Hong Kong and a Conservative politician until 2011.
His message to the students was: "St Benedict’s is a wonderful school, and you owe it to your teachers, your parents and the broader community to make the most of what you’ve been provided with.
"Go on being educated throughout your lives.
"Take every opportunity you can to develop your interests."
Following his address, St Benedict’s scholars from Year 7 to Year 13 were presented to the peer and each of the current four Patten scholars gave a presentation on their academic interests, endeavours and ambitions.