Lower Grammar Boys Boarding House

The Boys House

The Lower Grammar Boys' boarding area is located off the Lower Gallery, by the Ambulacrum, where the old swimming pool was, an area of the College which is still referred to as 'The Plunge'.


Lower Grammar boys are encourage to be respectful, honest, kind and helpful to one another and to treat others as they wish to be treated. Each boy is treated as an individual and the House Parent provides a secure, supportive, and friendly environment for each boy to feel at home and to feel settled within their new surroundings. Boys in Lower Grammar boarding are urged to treat the house as they would at home, to respect it, look after it, to tidy up after themselves and to think of their peers and not just about their own needs. The Lower Grammar boarding community is one that works hard, plays hard and rests when needed. Boarders are taught to respect each other's point of view and allow their peers to freely express their own. 

About the Lower Grammar Boys House Parent

Together with her Deputy, Hannah Crowley looks after the boys in the Lower Grammar Boarding House and has been in post since September 2020. Prior to joining Stonyhurst, Hannah has had previous House Parent roles at St George's, Hertfordshire and Old Swinford Hospital School in the West Midlands.

In addition to her duties as House Parent, Hannah is involved in the CCF, girls' games and Chaplaincy for Lower Grammar. Hannah lives within the Lower Grammar Boys' House with her husband, Ben, and they have two children, Jacob and Bethany, a cockerpoo called Pippa and a rabbit called Harry. 

Hannah is very active and spends her free time walking and enjoys all sports. She has a love of baking and cooking new things, enjoys watching films, mostly adventures/action, and reading. Hannah's two children keep her busy when she is not working, and are both very active, with a love of football, dance and the arts. 

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Our daily routine

The daily routines starts with a wake up at 7:00am to be registered at breakfast between 7:15am and 7:45am. Room inspections commence, with electronic devices being handed out shortly after. From then, the boys will be out of the boarding house in lessons or games, until the end of the school day, where they will either have free time or attend activities or clinics before supper and then studies at 19:00pm. Studies last till 20:15pm and afterwards the boys have free time. Often free time is spent making use of the Astro Turf, playing football or rugby, socialising with Lower Grammar girls, playing table tennis or computer games. At 21:00pm the boys hand in all the electronics, take evening prayers, shower and get ready for bed. 21:45pm it is lights out.

Evenings & weekends 

Evening activities vary from day to day but include more than 75 different clubs and activities alongside time for prep and studies. These include golf, photography, dance, debating, orchestra, scuba, charities and management groups. Weekend activities vary from week to week but include movies, theatre going, going to watch football matches, shopping, playing sport, visiting the Trafford Centre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and fishing in the Hodder River and many more. Free time can also be spent having some down time so that the boys are ready for the next day, playing computer games, going for a swim in the river Hodder or watching a film with friends.


Key Contacts for Lower Grammar Boys House

Mrs Hannah Crowley

House Parent (Boys) - Lower Grammar

Miss Zoe Livingstone

Assistant Head – Transition, Acting Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Spanish

Miss Olivia Marsden

Assistant Houseparent - Lower Grammar Boys


Excellent pastoral care and the excellent boarding experience further contribute to pupil’s resilience and independence.

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