Hodder House

Hodder House is the Pre-Prep Department of the school for children aged 3-7 years. It is a purpose built facility housing Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 staffed by experienced, highly qualified, dedicated teachers. As an integral part of Stonyhurst St Marys Hall, the children make full use of the campus facilities, such as the grounds, chapel, swimming pool, theatre and Health Centre. Lunch is prepared in house and supper is available for those staying in Tea-Time Club.

Children may start in the Stonyhurst community in the first term that they become 3 years old. We participate in the Government’s Nursery Grant scheme for 3 and 4 year old children.

We believe that every child should feel happy, secure, valued and confident. At Hodder House, our philosophy is to value every child as a unique individual, who enjoys learning and thinking for him or herself. We provide a supportive and secure environment in which every child can flourish and learn at their own pace and in their own individual way. Our role is to stimulate and encourage their development and enjoyment of learning through a variety of different activities in secure indoor and outdoor situations, through play and through structured and creative activities.

We encourage the growth of social skills and empathy amongst the children. The relationships which the children develop with each other and with our staff are

central to their happiness and lay the best possible foundation for their future. We recognise our pupils as citizens of a future world we do not yet know and seek to equip them for this world with creative and problem solving skills.


Extra Curricular

Activities include: Gymnastics, Fencing, Mad Science, Judo, Maths, ICT, Dance, Music, Football, Craft, Drama, Mandarin, Tennis.

Teatime Club runs from 4.05-6.00 pm


Hodder House Holiday Club

During the school holidays you will have the option of leaving your child in the care of our Holiday Club team. The Holiday Club is run by our own staff to provide continuity of care and your child will enjoy the same high standards of activity as in term time.