Welcome to Boarding

Stonyhurst is very much a 7-day-a-week boarding school with a busy weekend activity programme: this includes visits to the cinema, theatre or sports events, or cultural excursions to places such as York or Liverpool. Everyone attends Mass in St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning. Although there are a great deal 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.

Beyond the spiritual element of Stonyhurst, the key to our outstanding pastoral support lies in the fantastic relationship between pupils, staff and parents. In our most recent full Inspection Report, pastoral support was rated as one of our outstanding areas of excellence.

Boarders, when interviewed, said that they enjoy being part of the school community and its close family atmosphere.

ISI Inspection Report

Boarding Options

Pupils can board full time, weekly or on a flexible basis, however, nearly all boarders stay over at the weekend and enjoy the opportunity to participate in a full programme of enriching activities and regular trips and visits.

Weekly boarding means that a pupil is in school from a Monday morning to the finish of games on a Saturday afternoon. Some pupils choose to board on a flexible basis when it suits them – from one or two nights a week to once a term.

Boarding House Structure

Rather than pupils boarding in vertical houses, like other independent schools, at Stonyhurst we group boarders by a horizontal system, or year group. There are five horizontal boarding houses for boys and three boarding houses for girls.  Each house is run by a pastoral head with a deputy and team of teaching staff who support their work. Our Pastoral Heads live in the house and each house has a unique family atmosphere. 

Lower line (Years 9 - 11) typically share rooms with 3 or 4 others (fewer in their GCSE year). All Higher Line (Sixth Form) pupils have individual study bedrooms, some of which are en-suite. 

As a boarding community, our teaching staff are heavily involved in pastoral care, with many teachers also holding roles in our boarding houses and as personal tutors.

Each year group (Playroom) has a Head of Playroom, who has oversight of all pastoral, academic and co-curricular elements of each child in their year group. Each Head of Playroom will move with their year group throughout the school, from Year 9 to Year 13.


For More Information

To find out more about boarding, or to discuss in further detail, please contact our Admissions department by clicking on the buttons and resources below:

01254 827073 


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