WELCOME TO STONYHURST
The UK's leading Catholic boarding and day school for 3-18 year olds.
Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose. As we guide every pupil through their own individual academic, sporting, creative, spiritual and emotional journey, we watch with great pride as our boys and girls grow to be men and women for others.
Quant Je Puis — ‘As much as I can’
Stonyhurst has a beautiful setting, fascinating heritage, fine reputation and excellent facilities. The Jesuit values upon which the College was founded in 1593 continue to underpin everything we do today.
Living in a supportive and diverse community, they are helped to develop those qualities of character that will distinguish them in later life as men and women for others.
We encourage the development of intellectual curiosity, independent thought and self-directed study so that each pupil achieves the best possible results and acquires the skills essential to excel at university and beyond.
Perspectives & Horizons
Pupils are outward-looking
We constantly look to innovate and use our extensive history and traditions as a lens on the present and the future. Pupils progress from Stonyhurst to leading further education institutions in the UK and around the world.
Faith that does justice
Faith through action
Our pupils regard themselves as ‘men and women for others’. They develop a generosity of spirit which sees them give freely of their time and effort in the service of others.
Our facilities include a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a water based astro pitch, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a sports hall, clay pigeon shooting range, indoor shooting range, historic collections and libraries, an observatory and more...
What Others Say
• 'The playrooms at break times certainly seem friendly places, a mad throng of chat.'
• 'Broad curriculum allows students to follow their interests.'
• 'Outward looking and inclusive Catholic boarding school.'
• 'Pupils are encouraged to become their best selves, give back to the world and aspire to great heights academically.'
• 'Impressive array of sports facilities'.
'With the oldest museum in the English speaking world and five libraries at their disposal, it's no wonder academic results are strong. Success extends outside the classroom: the girls' cricket team are the 2020 indoor champions, Little Shop of Horrors was a hit, and, thanks to a pupil led initiative, a Syrian refugee family now lives happily in the local community. 'Quant je puis' indeed.'
Even the most secular can’t fail to be amazed by Stonyhurst, and with its superlative facilities, high-quality teaching and extraordinary heritage comes immense privilege. Most children peer at Henry VII’s cope and chasuble in a textbook – at Stonyhurst, they are there in the classroom with them. How’s that for bragging rights?
We would be delighted to welcome you for a private visit
During a private visit you will begin by meeting the Headmaster, Mr John Browne for Stonyhurst College and Fr Christopher Cann for St Mary's Hall. You will then have the opportunity to meet other key members of our staff to talk more specifically about areas you are interested in on a one-to-one basis.
An enriched pathway for your child...
Scholarships are the highest awards offered by Stonyhurst and are granted at the discretion of the Headmaster. Scholarships offer an enriched pathway including individualised support, trips across the globe and more...
Scholarships are available in Academics, Drama, Music and Sports.
Life at Stonyhurst
Pupils at Stonyhurst pursue a life of purpose achieving academic excellence alongside spiritual and emotional growth and learn to embody our school motto, ‘Quant je puis’, meaning ‘as much as I can’, in every activity. Stonyhurst encourages each individual pupil to thrive by enabling them to find, develop and use their unique talents; creating great leaders of the future.
Sixth Form (16-18)
Our A Level and IB courses offer opportunities to foster intellectual curiosity and creativity.
Stonyhurst College (13-16)
Where passions and talents are discovered and planning for the future begins.
A stimulating and nurturing environment which allows children to feel happy, confident and valued.
Prep School (7-13)
Discover a love of learning in an environment where natural curiosity is encouraged to grow.
Learn more about the oldest continually active Jesuit school in the world.
If you believe that Stonyhurst could be the best option for your son or daughter, the admissions section below provides information about the application process for UK and international applicants, plus other information that you will find useful in guiding your decision.
Meet our Director of Admissions
Contact Helen Eastham, our Director of Admissions, who will be happy to help answer any questions you have about life at Stonyhurst, and can aid you on your admission's journey alongside our experienced Registrars.
Our Mission and Identity
- Develop our pupils' talents by challenging them to give of their very best in all that they do, to the Greater Glory of God.
- Be a caring, supportive and prayerful community of pupils, staff and parents, with Jesus at the centre.
- Prepare young people intellectually, spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership in facing the problems of the modern world.
- Nurture independently-minded young people, able to think for themselves, and to stand up for their beliefs.
- Know each of our pupils as individuals, provide for their individual needs, and help them become well-rounded adults.
- Prepare young people to play an active role in the Church today.
- Encourage our pupils to become men and women who will do as much as they can for other people.
- Help our pupils to find God in the majesty of His creation, and to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them.
We are all different - and this is a place which embraces all kinds of talents and people. Stonyhurst allows us to focus on what we are good at, and to do what we love.
Aitana, Sixth Form Pupil
Learn about Stonyhurst
Inspired by the beautiful Stonyhurst estate and the heritage of the world’s oldest continuous Jesuit school, our pupils pursue academic excellence alongside spiritual and emotional growth and learn to embody their school motto: Quant Je Puis, As Much As I Can, in every activity.
was a pupil here
Has a 100% pass rate for IB and A-level
22 sports pitches
1:7 teacher to pupil ratio
Is fully operational
slept in the Top Ref
35,000 artefacts within our museum
to perform a Shakespeare play
have been awarded the Victoria Cross
was a pupil here
Attending one of our open events is a great way to see the full spectrum of our school. We hold regular open days for all schools during the Christmas Term and Easter Term, along with an open evening that focuses specifically on Sixth Form options (16 - 18 years).
Online registration is available, and will allow us to tailor your open event experience to the needs of your child.