Application Procedures & Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed for entry at all stages from age 13 to 18 and application forms can be requested from the Admissions team. Our application procedures are age appropriate and include:

  • Entry assessments
  • Interviews
  • Character references / references from current school
  • Disability assessments (if applicable)
  • Registration fee £125 (UK) / £150 (rest of the world)

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 E: T: 01254 827073.

Children will be considered for entry into any year group at Stonyhurst College.

Entry at 13+

Pupils already members of the Stonyhurst community based at St Mary’s Hall will normally transfer to the College as a matter of course, but they will sit an internal assessment designed to help in placing the pupil in the correct class setting. Entry into Stonyhurst College at 13+ (Lower Grammar) from other schools is based upon interview (via SKYPE if international), school reports, and a satisfactory performance in the online entrance assessment.

Entry at 14+

Entry into Year 10 (Grammar) is based upon interview (via SKYPE if international), school report and a satisfactory performance in the online entrance assessment.

Entry at 15+

Entry into Year 11 (Syntax) is based upon interview (via SKYPE if international), school report and a satisfactory performance in the online entrance assessment.

Applications are welcomed at this stage for entry onto a structured pre-IB programme. This course may be of particular interest to overseas students looking to join the Sixth form and follow the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Sixth Form Entry

Entry to the Sixth Form is based upon interview (via SKYPE if international), a satisfactory performance in the entrance examination, a satisfactory school report and performance at GCSE (or equivalent). Applicants would normally be required to have obtained a minimum of 5 Grade 6 passes at GCSE (or equivalent). Applicants for the IBCP would be expected to achieve Grade 4 passes at GCSE in Maths and English Language, together with 3 other Grade 4s at GCSE.

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 SKYPE 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.

International Applications

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.

International Registrar

Stonyhurst prides itself on its global perspective and we welcome applications from international students. Currently, we have students from over 30 nationalities here at Stonyhurst.

Applications are accepted into all year groups other than Rhetoric (year 13). Some of our students will come to us for one year of study, but many, having experienced the value of a Stonyhurst education, choose to stay for longer. Students applying for Syntax (year 11) will join our specific Pre-IB programme which is an intensive one year GCSE course. Students 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 students 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.