Stonyhurst has an outstanding academic record, with many pupils going on to top universities in the UK, Europe and around the world; a significant number gain places to Oxford or Cambridge each year.
Teaching at Stonyhurst centres on the individual and encourages pupils to study independently, and to think for themselves. Small classes and exceptionally good teacher–pupil relationships enable pupils to achieve their full academic potential. All pupils have a personal tutor. A strong learning support department enables those with special educational needs to achieve their best.
In the sixth form we offer the International Baccalaureate alongside A-levels. Pupils have a wealth of support to guide them through their chosen courses and to assist them with their application to university.
We offer exceptional pastoral care. Our pupils are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Boarding at Stonyhurst is centred upon excellent pastoral care in a happy, well-ordered environment, in high-quality accommodation. 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.
Music and the arts
The creative life of the College is rich and varied, offering many opportunities in music, art, drama and dance. Standards are high, with prestigious choral and organ scholarships frequently awarded to Stonyhurst pupils, as well as places on National Youth Theatre courses.
Sport and recreation
Sport plays an important part in the life of Stonyhurst; we are represented in local and national fixtures, and international tours take our pupils all over the world. The main team games are rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, athletics and football. Additional sports include cross-country running, squash, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, fencing and swimming. Facilities include a swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course, all-weather pitch, squash and tennis courts. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is extremely successful too, as is the Combined Cadet Force. Over 100 different activities are offered each week.
As a community we seek to do everything to the greater glory of God, so that our faith informs the high standards we strive to achieve from day to day. We encourage our pupils to think beyond themselves and to do all they can for others. In addition to young Catholics, we welcome young people who belong to other Christian traditions and other faiths.
Stonyhurst is set in a magnificent Grade I listed building in a beautiful rural setting in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Manchester Airport is just over an hour away and there are excellent rail and motorway links to London and all parts of the UK.