At Stonyhurst we offer unparalleled opportunities for the development of outstanding individuals. We believe that, with the right support, every single young person can achieve their personal best in all they do.
The quality of education a school offers is often measured by academic performance and results. Alongside so much more, our pupils achieve absolutely excellent results.
Our leavers gain places at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and other good Russell group universities. We now also offer the International Baccalaureate diploma as well as A levels. For the right young person, the IB gives an outstanding preparation for university level study and opens the door to top American and European universities.
In a competitive world, getting the right experience to complement academic prowess can make all the difference for young people entering work. Our impressive, global network of parents and alumni are well placed to offer a wealth of opportunity to current and former pupils.
Our pupils achieve on the sports field, as well as in music, drama and dance. We have a national reputation for rugby and, as a fully co-educational school, a very strong reputation also for hockey and netball. Our musicians have recently toured to Europe and the Far East, and we are taking our production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Hong Kong this year. Drama and dance have never been stronger, with many pupils achieving nationally recognised arts awards. What’s more, we have recently seen huge success in outdoor pursuits, with well over 100 pupils achieving Duke of Edinburgh’s awards in the past 12 months. The Combined Cadet Force is one of the oldest, and most distinguished in the country.
All of these opportunities, which include over 100 clubs and societies each week, and a wide range of distinguished visiting speakers each term, along with close one-to-one tutorial and pastoral support, help to develop character and expand horizons.
EthosAs a Jesuit school, Stonyhurst seeks to enable each individual pupil to thrive, by enabling them to find, develop and use their unique talents. We believe the distinctive nature of Stonyhurst, informed also by an extensive volunteering programme, helps to ensure that the strong leadership qualities many pupils develop are tempered with a thoughtful compassion and awareness of others.
• Provides the intellectual challenge long associated with a world-class, Jesuit education
• Believes that excellent pastoral care underpins everything
• Nurtures the unique talents of every individual
• Educates the whole person, developing faith, self-awareness and confidence
• Encourages leadership in young people, so they may be a force for good
• Belongs to a 450 year old tradition of Jesuit education, which reaches across all cultural and religious divides
• Is part of a global network of 3,780 Jesuit schools, colleges and universities worldwide, educating 3 ½ million young people in 70 countries encourages leadership in young people, so they may be a force for good
• Benefits from links with other Jesuit institutions throughout the world, such as Wah Yan College Hong Kong, Colleg St Blasien in Germany, San José Jesuitak in Spain and Georgetown University in the USA
History and heritage
Stonyhurst College has a long and fascinating history. It was originally founded in Saint Omer, northern France, in 1593, to provide a Catholic education for English boys at a time when such an education was prohibited in their own country. After relocating to Bruges and then Liege, the school arrived at its current location in Lancashire in 1794.
Our stunning set of Grade I listed buildings offer a very distinctive environment where pupils can gain an appreciation of culture and heritage: Oliver Cromwell is alleged to have slept in the great hall, en route to the battle of Preston in 1648, and portraits of 7 alumni awarded the Victoria Cross medal for bravery line the Top Refectory. Stonyhurst’s collection of over 10,000 sacred and secular artefacts include Mary Queen of Scots’ prayer book, illuminated manuscripts, embroidered vestments and an Egyptian mummy!
Set in 500 acres in Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble Valley, pupils have the space to focus upon the opportunities they have. We are one hour away from Manchester by car, and two hours from London’s Euston Station.
Boarding at Stonyhurst is centred upon excellent pastoral care in a happy, well-ordered environment, in high-quality accommodation: a new boys’ boarding house was opened in 2013, and we are currently building a new sixth-form boarding house.
Boys board in year-groups (called ‘playrooms’), and are cared for by their playroom master and his team. For girls, there are two boarding houses: one for Lower Line (years 9 to 11) and another for Higher Line (the sixth-form). Each is run by a housemistress and her team.
Stonyhurst is very much a 7 day-a-week boarding school, with two thirds of our pupils boarding full time. Our busy weekend activity programme includes trips to the theatre or sports events; there are cultural excursions to places such as York or Liverpool, or walks in the region’s glorious countryside. Everyone attends Mass in St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning.
There are 480 pupils at Stonyhurst; most are full boarders and there are equal numbers of boys and girls. While the majority are Catholic, we also have young people who belong to other Christian traditions and other faiths; all are encouraged to play a full part in the spiritual life of the school.
Behind the imposing façade of our historic buildings, there is a vibrant, happy and diverse community. Young people can learn so much about the world by meeting peers with a different outlook, perhaps from other parts of the world. It is a great benefit that over a third of our pupils are overseas nationals, who enrich and bring variety to the educational experience of our British pupils.
For particularly talented young people, Stonyhurst offers a range of scholarships for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
STONYHURST ST MARY’S HALL
For children aged 3 to 13
Our day and boarding preparatory school, Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, provides the first steps in a seamless education from age 3 to 18. The Preparatory School is in its own buildings on the same site as the senior school with which it shares several facilities.
The curriculum followed from 7-11 ensures that pupils are fully engaged with their school work, achieving high academic standards with small classes and individual attention. From the age of 11, delivery of the academic programme is overseen by the Heads of Department from the College and delivered by highly qualified specialist teachers, ensuring continuity as they move across to the College, aged 13.
The excellent facilities include a science lab, a music department (all pupils in year 4 learn a musical instrument), an art studio, a swimming pool, sports hall, a woodland classroom and a theatre in which all children have their drama lessons. We also have a Learning Support department .
How to visit
If you would like to visit us please contact our Registrar, Mrs Lynnette Carr. Tel. 01254 827073.
We look forward to meeting you.