As a school with a truly global outlook, Stonyhurst aims to enable pupils to understand that language skills are a vital part of a peaceful, prosperous international future.

We offer three main languages: French, German and Spanish. In addition, it may also be possible to study Italian, depending on circumstances, and we regularly make arrangements for speakers of other languages to sit public exams.

To help pupils improve, a lot of the teaching takes place in the foreign language. Pupils develop their listening, oral, reading and written skills from short passages to longer passages, articles and stories, and we make us of numerous online resources.

For language work the approach is topic-based. We aim to foster an interest in foreign languages and cultures, encourage academic rigour in our pupils’ approach to their language learning and help pupils to grow in faith through their study of languages.