Striving to be 'the best you can be'

Sport is an essential component of Stonyhurst life and we encourage every pupil to discover a sport they can pursue for life, within a nurturing and aspirational environment. Pupils are supported by experienced teaching and coaching staff to reach their best at whatever level they strive for, sporting the Quant Je Puis attitude at all times.

Sport, both team and individual, is an essential component in the daily lives of our pupils. All children take part and represent the school in the wide range of sport that we are able to offer using the fine facilities in our beautiful setting. Representative sport begins in Lower Prep (Year 3). Thereafter pupils have the chance to compete in fixtures and tournaments locally and nationally in hockey, netball and rounders for the girls and rugby and cricket for the boys. Additionally, all pupils compete in team sports (cross-country, swimming and athletics) - there is something for everyone!

Professional level

Stonyhurst is famous for sport. We provide a sporting programme that is completely inclusive for boys and girls across the full age range. We also strive for sporting excellence, with individuals and teams performing to national, county and regional levels.

We encourage pupils to put their all into their sport of choice whilst we prepare them to be the very best they can be. An example of this is how we prepare and nominate (under 13 boys) to become part of the Sale Sharks developing player programme (DPP). This is the very first step on the elite player pathway. 



Talented children are given opportunities to compete at county and national level and some go on to professional careers; we boast several international players in our alumni.

We are proud to include a number of international rugby players amongst our alumni including: Joe Ansbro (Scotland International); Will Greenwood, Kyran Bracken and Iain Balshaw (all members of the England International squad who won the 2003 Rugby World Cup).

Michael Richardson, OS05, is another of our successful sportsmen. Michael is a right-handed batsman who fields as a wicket-keeper and he made his debut for Durham in a first-class match against Durham MCCU in 2010.


The underlying aim of the PE and games department is to enable children to develop physical confidence and stamina, whilst also acquiring life skills such as teamwork, communication and resilience. In the early years, the emphasis is on fundamental movement skills and literacy, gradually building in specific sports skills which prepare the children for playing sport at all levels, from recreational to representative.  

The physical education curriculum exposes children to the concepts of exercise for health, healthy lifestyles and the importance of movement to maintain fitness. It also underpins the games programme, piquing the children's curiosity into how they can influence their own success in sport, through conditioning and training in appropriate ways.  

The outstanding personal development of the pupils is a clear indication of how the schools prepares them spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership, in keeping with it's aims.

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A fulfilled life

At St Mary's Hall, we give each pupil the chance to find a sporting activity which enthuses and fulfils them. With a broad curriculum and representation at regional and national competitions, St Mary’s Hall really does offer a first-rate programme of sporting opportunities for all its pupils.

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