Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Stonyhurst College where we achieve high academic results, have exceptional pastoral care, and offer an extensive range of co-curricular activities. The pupils in our care are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. 

Stonyhurst pupils are encouraged to involve themselves fully in the opportunities offered to them. Living in a supportive and diverse community, they are helped to develop those qualities of character that will distinguish them in later life as men and women for  others. A Jesuit education is a foundation for such a life, an education that nurtures individuality and encourages generosity.

Throughout the website we have tried to convey something of the very special nature of Stonyhurst. I warmly invite you to come  and see us in action, so you may see for yourself all that we have to offer.


About the Headmaster

John Browne was appointed Headmaster of Stonyhurst in 2016. Stonyhurst is John’s third Headship in independent boarding and day schools. Prior to joining Stonyhurst, John was Headmaster of St. Aloysius’s College Glasgow and deputy Headmaster of Ampleforth College and is also a former Headmaster of Westminster Cathedral Choir School. John is an alumnus of St Ignatius’s College Enfield, a Jesuit secondary school in London and obtained his BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Bristol.  He also has a postgraduate LLB from City University, London and a MBA.  John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Governor of St John’s Beaumont, a Jesuit day and boarding preparatory school in Old Windsor. John is married to Marie, and they have a son, William and two dogs Henry and Hector.

Stonyhurst is a school which constantly looks to innovate and use its proud history and traditions as a lens on the present and future. At the heart of everything that we do is delivering an exceptional education for our pupils and ensuring that their formation, both inside and outside of the classroom, is the best in the world. 

John Browne, Head of Stonyhurst

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