Stonyhurst’s Jesuit founders believed it was of paramount importance to allow students of the same age to develop strong ties. To support these ties, our founders provided each year group with a room in which they could socialise and, under the direction of their playroom master, create a play about an important spiritual or moral issue, literally a “play” room.
The names of these play rooms became synonymous with each year group. The links below reveal our play room names and associated tutors and boarding staff.
|Pre-Prep 1||Year 1||5-6|
|Pre-Prep 2||Year 2||6-7|
|Playroom||Year||Age||Playroom Leader||Head of Boarding|
|Lower Prep||Year 3||7-8||Ms Sally Evans||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Upper Prep||Year 4||8-9||Ms Sally Evans||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Lower Elements||Year 5||9-10||Dr Andy Chadwick||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Upper Elements||Year 6||10-11||Dr Andy Chadwick||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Figures||Year 7||11-12||Mr Andy Walter||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Rudiments||Year 8||12-13||Mrs Jacqueline Hines||Mr Kirk Stokes|
|Lower Grammar||Year 9||13-14||Mr James Bickerstaff||Mrs Jo Wood|
|Grammar||Year 10||14-15||Mr Dave Eachus||Mrs Jo Wood|
|Syntax||Year 11||15-16||Mr Ryan Barrett||Mrs Jo Wood|
|Poetry||Year 12||16-17||Mr Reuban Strain||Mrs Lyndsay Fielding|
|Rhetoric||Year 13||17-18||Mr Paul Warrilow||Mrs Lyndsay Fielding|
Now, rather than group students in vertical houses, like other independent schools, at Stonyhurst we still group by horizontal Playroom for boys and by Higher Line and Lower Line Houses for girls. Each Playroom or house has its own personal tutors and house staff for boarders
Although there are lots of opportunities for activities with the wider school community, and plenty of company at weekends, we believe that having space to play, relax and board within small age-groups, allows children to grow in confidence and mature at their own pace.
At St Mary’s Hall boys and girls board in a single house, with a separate gallery for boys and one for girls. At the College, boys board in Playrooms, girls are currently split into Lower Line (secondary school) and Higher Line (sixth form). All pupils share small dormitories with children of the same or very similar ages, until sixth form when each student has their own study bedroom.