Academic Departments

Chemistry at Stonyhurst

Academic excellence with a supportive and exciting curriculum

Stonyhurst has an outstanding academic record, with many of our pupils going on to top universities in the UK, Europe and around the world. All pupils, wherever their particular strengths, are supported to achieve their full academic potential.

Teaching at Stonyhurst centres on the individual and encourages pupils to study independently and to think for themselves, which is a vital skill in preparing for university and employment. Small classes and exceptionally good teacher-pupil relationships enable pupils to learn at their own pace, while developing their talents to the full.

We offer a choice of three routes for our Higher Line (Sixth Form) pupils: A level, IB Diploma and the Cambridge Technical Diploma.


Subjects we offer:


If pupils feel they need to brush up on an aspect of the curriculum, the evening subject drop in clinics do the trick. Or as the head puts it, if the target grades are down, then a clinic ‘becomes a priority’.

Good Schools Guide


Higher Line Only:


The broad curriculum allows students to follow their interests. Languages are very strong with around 75% taking two languages at GCSE and 14% at A level. The IB is predominantly taken by international students, but popularity is steadily increasing.

Good Schools Guide

Where do you want to go next?