Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall 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'.
• Rated Excellent in all areas.
• Pupils possess strong study skills and take an inquiry-based approach to their studies.
• Pupils are highly articulate and speak with eloquence when addressing others.
• Pupils show strong levels of perseverance when faced with challenges.
• Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-esteem.
• Pupils have a strong appreciation for the multi-cultural nature and diversity of the school community.
The national curriculum, enriched by the International Primary Curriculum, integrates cross-curricular themes, providing an opportunity to utilise the extraordinary Stonyhurst collection: studying the Tudors means touching Anne Boleyn's prayer book or Thomas Moore's hat.'
St Mary’s Hall has managed to bottle a winning formula: the nurturing culture of a small prep school; with all the benefits of a bells-and-whistles senior.
'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.'
Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall offers a very unique and dynamic learning environment that allows children to be children and to extend that great adventure of a natural childhood that little bit longer.
Owing to increasing demand we are expanding capacity for Year 5 and 6 entry. Join us for an Entrance Examination.
We provide an exceptional education in the Jesuit tradition and prepare pupils for successful and fulfilling lives in the modern world.
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If you believe that Stonyhurst St. Mary's Hall 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.
Our St Mary's Hall Registrar, who will be happy to help with any questions you have about life at the Prep School.
Our Mission and Identity
Every child should be happy, secure, valued and confident. especially during the early stages of their life. At St Mary's Hall (SMH), our philosophy is to value every child as a unique individual, who enjoys learning and thinking for him or herself. We have a story that is more than 200 years old and we now sit at the cutting edge in prep school education with our traditions to support us.
We make the learning relevant through cross-curricular topics and child-centred learning and strive to be positive role models, providing a secure and enabling environment in which every child can flourish and learn at their own pace and in their own individual way. We encourage the growth of social skills and empathy amongst the children in line with the Jesuit Pupil Profile. The relationships which the children develop with each other and with our staff are central to their happiness and lay the best possible foundation for their future.
We recognise our pupils as citizens of a future world we do not yet know and seek to equip them for this world with creative and problem-solving skills.
is fully operational
35,000 artefacts within our museum
Was named after the original school building, Hodder Place
wrote The Lord of the Rings at Stonyhurst
was a pupil here
was founded in 1806
the oldest prep school in England
3 Rugby World cup winners
with a rich heritage adhering to the Jesuit tradition