Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose

Where young people nurture their individual talents.

We empower our boys and girls to be the best that they can be

Shaping leaders of the future.

A loving environment for young people to flourish

Our pupils are fully supported and understood.

We watch as our pupils become ‘men and women for others’
Pupil running across Stonyhurst fields

We inspire pupils to make a difference.

The oldest Catholic prep school in England

Our faith is at the centre of all that we do.

Inspiring curiosity and fostering creativity

Allowing children to be inquisitive and explore the world.

Discover a sport you can pursue for life

Focused on sporting excellence.

Roommates who become brothers and sisters

St Mary's Hall is a family like no other.

Creating positive disruptors

Who challenge the status quo.

Children strive to be the best they can be...

Living by our school motto 'Quant Je Puis', 'as much as I can'.

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

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'.


What Others Say

Good Schools Guide

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.'

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20 Years of Full Co-Education

The 2019/2020 Academic Year marked a very important anniversary: the 20th anniversary of full co-education at Stonyhurst. Read all about these last 20 years at the link below.

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Life at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

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.


Meet Sarah!

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.


Learn about Stonyhurst's ethos

Pupil running across Stonyhurst fields

Learn about Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

Inspired by the beautiful Stonyhurst estate and the heritage of the world’s oldest continuous Jesuit school, our students pursue academic excellence alongside spiritual and emotional growth and learn to embody their school motto: Quant Je Puis, as much as I can, in every activity.

Our observatory

is fully operational

We have over

35,000 artefacts within our museum

Hodder House

Was named after the original school building, Hodder Place

J. R. R. Tolkien

wrote The Lord of the Rings at Stonyhurst

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

was a pupil here


The school

was founded in 1806


We are

the oldest prep school in England

We have educated

3 Rugby World cup winners

Whole student approach

with a rich heritage adhering to the Jesuit tradition

St Mary's Hall News

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.


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