Application Procedures & Entry Requirements



Applications are welcomed for entry at all stages from ages 3 to 18. An enquiry form can be found on our website and is the first part of the Admissions process. Our application procedures are age appropriate and include: 

  • Entry assessments 

  • Interviews 

  • Character references / references from current school 

  • Submission of school reports for the previous 2 years for age-appropriate year groups 

  • Disability assessments (if applicable) 

  • 500 word handwritten personal statement for the College or completion of a personal information sheet for children entering Year 5 to Year 8 at St Mary's Hall 

  • Completion of a taster day and overnight boarding stay where appropriate. 

  • Registration fee £125 (UK) / £150 (rest of the world)

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The following information provides a general guide to the entry requirements and procedures, but Stonyhurst looks at each application on its individual merit. For any enquiries in relation to entry requirements/procedures please contact the Admissions Team. Children will be considered for entry into any year group at Stonyhurst College.

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International applications


Overseas Applicants

Stonyhurst welcomes overseas pupils and has always accepted overseas applications from a wide range of countries. All overseas applicants, if they are not able to visit in person, will have a video or telephone interview to assess their ability to access the curriculum. Where required and appropriate, additional English as a second language support is made available to pupils accepted from overseas. 

Stonyhurst prides itself on its global perspective and we welcome applications from international students. Currently, we have pupils from 27 nationalities here at Stonyhurst.

International Applications

Applications are accepted into all year groups other than Rhetoric (Year 13). Some of our pupils will come to us for one year of study, but many, having experienced the value of a Stonyhurst education, choose to stay for longer. Pupils applying for Syntax (Year 11) will join our specific Pre-IB programme which is an intensive one year GCSE course. Pupils joining other year groups will, broadly, follow the same curriculum as the main student body, although there may be adaptations to cater for, for example, additional English support.

All pupils applying to Stonyhurst with English as their second language would have a formal interview in English as part of their assessment. This may be as part of a visit, or alternatively via a skype interview with the Director of Admissions. Other than this addition, the main admissions process is the same as for UK based applicants.


Applying to a UK school can feel like a daunting process for children and parents alike. We handle international applications on a daily basis and are here to explain the process and guide you through it, helping to make it as smooth and straightforward as possible.

Louise Hyde, International Registrar

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