Headmaster's Welcome

Stonyhurst St Marys 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. 

St Mary's Hall is the Prep School at Stonyhurst, where Years 3 - 8 are taught. St Mary's Hall provides the first steps in each child’s education at Stonyhurst, characterised by a seamless education from age 3 to 18.

Children at St Mary’s Hall live life to the full; St Mary’s Hall is a family to which the children know they belong. Our motto, ‘Quant Je Puis’  (as much as I can), is our over-arching principle. Each child is encouraged to give of their best, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports fields or through the myriad of other opportunities they have for their personal development and all-round growth. One of our principal aims is for every child to feel that their contribution to school life is valid and worthwhile, and their needs are recognised.

We are a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. This means that we have a particularly strong focus on pastoral care and nurture, and on developing the whole person. We treat each child as an individual; each is supported and encouraged by the other boys and girls and by a strong, talented and extremely committed staff. This positive atmosphere enables children to flourish. 

As you read through our website, we hope that you find the information not only uplifting but also helpful. It will become increasingly clear to you that the children are happy and that they know it is good to be at St Mary's Hall. 


About the Headmaster

Ian Murphy was appointed Headmaster of Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall in 2014. Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall is Ian’s second Headship in independent boarding and day schools.  Prior to joining Stonyhurst, Ian was Headmaster of All Hallows Preparatory School in Somerset for 10 years. Ian is an alumnus of Wimbledon College, a Jesuit secondary school in London and obtained his BA (Hons) in Psychology and his PGCE from Durham University, where he was a member of Hatfield College. Earlier in his career Ian held teaching and leadership positions in both the maintained and independent sectors. Ian’s wife, Rachel, teaches at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall and both of their children have attended Stonyhurst. 

Here at Stonyhurst we are privileged to live, work and play within glorious surroundings. Each child is encouraged to pursue his or her innate fascination with the world around us. St Mary’s Hall is an innovative, creative and diverse community where learning is celebrated, initiative and passions are nurtured, and lifelong friendships are formed. 

 Ian Murphy, Headmaster Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall


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