Stonyhurst College is a family like no other
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Where friendships are formed that last a lifetime.

A springboard to a life of purpose

We seek to inspire our pupils to go out into the world to make a difference.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Explore our 1,000 acre estate

Stonyhurst is the UK’s Leading Catholic Independent School

With unrivalled pastoral support & impressive facilities.

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

Shaping leaders of the future.

We are a global family like no other

Our cultural diversity adds to the richness & global outlook of our school community.

The oldest continuously active Jesuit school in the world

Proud to be a top-rated Catholic school

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

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

Over 75 co-curricular activities on offer

Developing well-rounded, ambitious & adventurous young people.

Steeped in history and tradition

Our story is more than 500 years old.

Encouraging creative expression

Through the visual & creative arts.

Creating world-class sports players

Stonyhurst is famous for sport.

Welcome to the UK's leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for 13 - 18 year olds

Stonyhurst 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'.


A Top IB School

Ranked in the ‘Top 10’ UK league table of small cohort IB schools, pupils thrive in a unique environment, studying a world-class education that enables young people to become all that they can be.

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Summer Language School 2023

The Stonyhurst Experience offers two, three, and four-week residential English Language teaching courses for children aged 10-16 years. There are two programme routes to cater for different interests – the English with Activities programme and the English with Tennis course.


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What Others Say


Report highlights:

• 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.

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Good Schools Guide

Report highlights:

• 'The playrooms at break times certainly seem friendly places, a mad throng of chat.'

• 'Broad curriculum allows students to follow their interests.'

• 'Outward looking and inclusive Catholic boarding school.'

• 'Pupils are encouraged to become their best selves, give back to the world and aspire to great heights academically.'

• 'Impressive array of sports facilities'.

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Tatler Schools Guide

'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.'

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Talk Education

Even the most secular can’t fail to be amazed by Stonyhurst, and with its superlative facilities, high-quality teaching and extraordinary heritage comes immense privilege. Most children peer at Henry VII’s cope and chasuble in a textbook – at Stonyhurst, they are there in the classroom with them. How’s that for bragging rights?

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Life at Stonyhurst

College life is fast paced and varied. Of course we encourage our pupils to work hard academically - we are first and foremost a leading independent school after all - but life at Stonyhurst extends far beyond the classroom. We recognise the importance of developing the whole individual so that our boys and girls are well-rounded, confident and ready to succeed in the real world.

Below you can find out about about our strong academic departments, the extensive programme of co-curricular activities that we offer, our world class facilities and more.

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If you believe that Stonyhurst 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 our Director of Admissions

Contact Helen Eastham, our Director of Admissions, who will be happy to help answer any questions you have about life at Stonyhurst College, and can aid you on your admission's journey alongside our experienced Registrars. 

Our Mission and Identity

  • Develop our pupils' talents by challenging them to give of their very best in all that they do, to the Greater Glory of God.
  • Be a caring, supportive and prayerful community of pupils, staff and parents, with Jesus at the centre.
  • Prepare young people intellectually, spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership in facing the problems of the modern world.
  • Nurture independently-minded young people, able to think for themselves, and to stand up for their beliefs.
  • Know each of our pupils as individuals, provide for their individual needs, and help them become well-rounded adults.
  • Prepare young people to play an active role in the Church today.
  • Encourage our pupils to become men and women who will do as much as they can for other people.
  • Help our pupils to find God in the majesty of His creation, and to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them.

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Stonyhurst College and Sixth Form Prospectus

An enriched pathway for your child...

Scholarships are the highest awards offered by Stonyhurst and are granted at the discretion of the Headmaster. Scholarships offer an enriched pathway including individualised support, trips across the globe and more...

At 13+ there are Scholarships available for: Academic, Art, Drama, Music and the St Francis Xavier award.

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Stonyhurst Fast Facts

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

was a pupil here


Stonyhurst College

Has a 92% pass rate for A levels and the IBDP

We have

22 sports pitches

We have a

1:7 teacher to pupil ratio

Our observatory

Is fully operational 

Oliver Cromwell

slept in the Top Ref

We have over

35,000 artefacts within our museum

We were the first school

to perform a Shakespeare play

7 of our alumni

have been awarded the Victoria Cross

The former CEO of the New York Times

was a pupil here

Stonyhurst 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.