Facilities

Our pupils are enjoy some of the best facilities of any school. For younger pupils, as well as the wonderful culture and heritage of the Stonyhurst estate, St Mary’s Hall offers wide range of facilities specifically developed to enhance their childhood fun as well as academic, spiritual and emotional development.

Sports Facilities

St Mary’s Hall has its own fully-equipped sports hall, outside tennis and netball courts, rugby, cricket, rounders and athletics fields. It also shares Stonyhurst’s water-based Astroturf pitch, heated indoor swimming pool, 9-hole golf course and extensive grounds.

Stonyhurst Estate

The Stonyhurst estate offers St Mary’s Hall pupils an inspiring historic environment, access to fascinating historical collections and archives and even the First Folio of William Shakespeare which we hope will inspire a lifelong love of our heritage.

Mission Garden

Here the children of St Mary's Hall plant and tend their own garden, living and learning with the seasons.

Dance Studio


The Stonyhurst Dance Academy has its very own state of the art dance studio. This wonderful space has wooden flooring allowing for any dance style to be practiced in this area from Ballet and Tap to Modern and Contemporary. The room houses a number of barres and mirrors allowing dancers to practice and hone their skills. 

St. Mary's Hall Chapel

A beautiful dedicated space for our prep school to celebrate the Mass and liturgies in their own way.

Large, comfortable playrooms

Newly refurbished music department

Tolkien Library

Woodland Classroom

Welcoming children from the age of three, Hodder House is our purpose built Pre-Prep unit at St Mary’s Hall.

Set in glorious woodland and equipped with exceptional facilities from a newly equipped outdoor classroom to our extensive campus coupled with inspirational teaching and a child centred approach, it is the ideal environment for indoor/outdoor play and learning.

St. Mary's Hall refectory

Shooting Range

Housed within the historical buildings of Stonyhurst, is an indoor shooting range. With state-of-the-art features, this facility provides a space for our pupils to practice and improve their shooting skills whilst under the watchful eye of our trained members of staff.

Art Studio

Our art studio is the starting place for pupils to develop their appreciation and enjoyment of art, working with paint, clay, textiles and ceramics. Pupils also explore design and technology and enjoy visits to gallery exhibitions.

Historic Collections and Libraries

Pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall have access to our unique Collections, which are made available to them through the work of our Curator and Assistant Curator. There are a number of ways in which our pupils are able to experience all the benefits that our Collections can offer them.

We hope that, with the help of the Collections, every Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall pupil will be provided with a deeper understanding of the world around them and will be better equipped to discern their role within it.

For more general information on the Collections, please see the Collections web page by clicking here

Lessons

Objects from the Collections are used regularly in lessons to broaden and deepen the curriculum experienced by pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall. With the added opportunities provided by the flexibility of the curriculum at St Mary’s Hall, the Collections are able to be well-integrated into teaching many age groups.

A selection of the topics taught to SMH classes using objects as part of the curriculum include:

· Ancient Egypt

· Ancient Greece and Rome

· Fossils and the Dinosaurs

· Stone Age tools and Prehistoric man

· Astronomy and studying the heavens

· The Tudors and Stuarts

The Time Tunnel

St Mary’s Hall and Stonyhurst Collections operate a pioneering history curriculum for pupils in Upper Elements (Year 6) called The Time Tunnel. Over the course of a term the teaching of history is shared between the classroom and Collections, to provide a truly broad, challenging, and enriching education to our pupils. It combines a chronological and thematic approach to the study of history, requiring pupils to think about the world around them, and how it has come to be so.

One lesson per week is taught by curatorial staff, with follow-up teaching in the classroom. Sessions on the programme are intended to enable our pupils to think independently and to engage those pupils who may benefit most from learning outside of the classroom.

Sessions include:

· Apprentice Curators – learning the skills of safely handling and understanding objects.

· People in history – exploring objects which provide a tangible link to significant figures in history, as inspiration for further pupil-led research.

· People in pictures – learning how to ‘read’ images of people, and how people have chosen to portray themselves to others. This includes study of portraiture and early photography.

· Inventions – A case study in human development of different methods of communication, to encourage the study of other inventions.

The programme ends with our ‘Time Tunnel Tours’, in which the pupils take on the role of tour guides around our remarkable Grade 1 listed buildings for their families. As well as teaching the history of our school, the tours inculcate in our pupils the same skills as the inclusion of drama in the pioneering Jesuit educational curriculum of 1599; to encourage self-confidence through presentation, verbal eloquence, and memorisation.

Activities

Collections also run weekly evening activities for pupils at SMH, as part of the varied extra-curricular programme. This enables pupils to explore the Collections much more broadly than would possible in the classroom, and to consider subjects which they might not normally experience as part of the curriculum.

Whilst these activities are perfect for budding historians to learn the stories of the objects in the Collections, the sessions also cover science, art history, music, architecture, literature and many other areas. They aim to provide pupils with a broader and more enriching experience at Stonyhurst, as well as an enjoyable one!

Observatory

Centenaries Theatre

Our very own Centenaries Theatre is in use every day and our pupils participate enthusiastically, in front of and behind the scenes, in our regular music, dance and drama productions, including whole school musicals and even an annual Year 8 Shakespeare performance.

Sports Centre

The Sports Centre situated on the Stonyhurst estate, provides state-of-the-art facilities for our pupils and the wider community. The Stonyhurst Sports Centre boasts a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool, an all-weather pitch, tennis dome, gym and fitness studio. 

 

Gym

Our brand new, state-of-the-art fitness suite which opened in early 2017, operates on two levels and offers everything necessary to complete a full work out.

Both air-conditioned floors are fully equipped with thirty-seven fitness stations, from free weights and resistance machines for toning and muscle development, to a range of cardio equipment including rowing machines, treadmills, cross trainers, recumbent and exercise bikes.

Six televisions, surround sound and mood lighting all serve to enhance our pupils' fitness experience. Pupils can use the gym as a games option, where they will be given a training programme to work through under supervision. Higher Line pupils are also allowed to use the gym in their free time as part of our encouragement of a healthy lifestyle.

Tennis Dome

  • 7 outdoor tennis courts
  • Indoor Tennis Dome
  • Tennis Shop

As well as our outdoor tennis courts, Stonyhurst College’s world-class tennis dome was opened in May 2017 by tennis legend Tim Henman OBE.

The dome is 10m high and offers two Grand Slam size tennis courts, with high-performing acoustics and glare-free playing conditions.

Step outside of the dome and you can visit our tennis shop, which stocks Head Tennis equipment.

College pupils can do tennis as a summer games option, however the tennis dome allows for a range of training options, throughout the year, for keen tennis players. These training options are led by our Director of Tennis and former professional tennis player, Mr David Shaw.

The facilities and top quality training programmes offered at Stonyhurst will help to nurture the next generation of players.

St. Peter's Church

The third Catholic church to be consecrated in England since the Reformation, St Peter's Collegiate Church is the main church for where St Mary's Hall and Stonyhurst College come together.  It is also the local parish church.  It is a building of great beauty, modelled on the Tudor Collegiate Gothic of King's College, Cambridge. 

Swimming Pool

Opened in 1987 by Olympic gold medallist David Wilkie, our sports centre features a 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, heated to 28 degrees.
Our swimming pool is very much at the heart of the Centre, with our gym overlooking the 25m pool area, and a viewing balcony for parents and supporters.

Pupils can take swimming as a games option, as well as a co-curricular activity and our swimming team takes part in regular galas and competitions around the UK.