Happiness and Wellbeing

The happiness and wellbeing of the children is a top priority at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, and the warmth of community, generosity of support and friendship are palpable.

The atmosphere that we create is one of compassion and great encouragement, with close, supportive and understanding relationships between staff and children. We nurture growth in our children’s aspiration, challenging them to develop resilience.

By ensuring that our boys and girls feel safe and loved here, they learn that they can make mistakes and there is a way back for them when they do. We encourage them to express their views, feelings and opinions and, crucially, we listen when they do.

Our extensive grounds provide a wonderful space for children to play in during their break-times (known as ‘Rec.’ at Stonyhurst). The Pre-Prep children have their own separate outdoor play area and new woodland classroom, perfect for exploration and for nurturing creativity and firing the imagination.

Inside the building, the children can relax in their Playroom, a large, comfortable common room, where they can spend time with friends, enjoy a book or play a game of table-tennis. Day pupils and boarders alike benefit from this ‘home-from-home’ environment, and from the close care and guidance of the staff in their Playroom. The Playroom setting is invaluable – helping establish and strengthen the bonds of friendships within a peer group. Each individual has a true sense of belonging.