Welcome to the UK's leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for 3 - 18 year olds

Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose. We empower our boys and girls to be the best that they can be, shaping leaders of the future who carry a sense of purpose and a desire to make the world a better place. 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'.


A Top IB School

Ranked in the UK’s top 20 IB Schools and in the top 100 IB schools in the world, pupils thrive in a unique environment, studying a world-class education which enables young people to become all that they can be.

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Why Choose Stonyhurst College?

At the heart of everything we do is delivering an exceptional education for our pupils and ensuring that their formation, both inside and outside of the classroom, is the best in the world. We empower them to be the best that they can be, shaping leaders of the future.

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What Others Say

Tatler Schools Guide

'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.'

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Life at Stonyhurst

College life is fast paced and varied. Of course we encourage our pupils to work hard academically - we are first and foremost a leading independent school after all - but life at Stonyhurst extends far beyond the classroom. We recognise the importance of developing the whole individual so that our boys and girls are well-rounded, confident and ready to succeed in the real world.

Below you can find out about about our strong academic departments, the extensive programme of co-curricular activities that we offer, our world class facilities and more.

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If you believe that Stonyhurst could be the best private school 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.

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01254 827073

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Stonyhurst College: #1 in Lancashire for 'Value Added'

Stonyhurst has been ranked #1 in Lancashire by the Government for 'Value Added' at A Level. To read more about this wonderful news and to view our value added scores visit the link below.

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Stonyhurst Fast Facts

7 of our alumni

have been awarded the Victoria Cross


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

was a pupil here


We were the first school

to perform a Shakespeare play


The CEO of the New York Times

was a pupil here

Whole Student Approach

With a rich heritage adhering to the Jesuit tradition.

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Upcoming Events

Attending one of our open events is a great way to see the full spectrum of the school 'in action'. We hold regular open days for the College (13 - 18 years) and Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall (3 - 13 years) during the Christmas term, along with an open evening that focuses specifically on sixth form options (16 - 18 years). In the Easter and Summer terms we hold more informal Open Doors events.

Online registration is available, and will allow us to tailor your open event experience to the needs of your child.