Boarding at Stonyhurst is an extremely full and enriching educational experience, providing a safe, happy and ordered environment in which pupils can flourish. Excellent pastoral care, in the context of a strong and vibrant community, supports boarders as they become increasingly independent, self-reliant and considerate.
The boarding accommodation is of a very high standard. Boys board in year groups and each year is cared for by their Playroom Master and his team. Girls, however, are divided into two houses: Lower Line (Years 9-11) and Higher Line (the Sixth Form); each is run by a housemistress and her team. In Lower Line, boarders typically share a room with 3 or 4 others. This becomes fewer in Syntax (the final GCSE year). Higher Line pupils have their own study bedrooms.
Whilst the boarding common rooms are for the use of boys, or girls only, the Playrooms enable all pupils in a year group, boarders and day pupils alike, to socialise together. The two Higher Line year groups (Poetry and Rhetoric) share a common room.
Stonyhurst College provides a full, 7 day a week boarding environment, offering an extensive range of activities and events at the weekends. These are supplemented by various trips and excursions, which have recently included visits to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District, ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concerts and sports’ matches.
The Catholic life of the school continues throughout the weekend: there is Benediction on Saturday evening and Mass in St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning, attended by the boarding community, as well as some day parents and their families.