Poetry Boys Boarding House

The Boys House

Poetry (Year 12) boys board in single rooms with ensuite facilities in the Higher Line boys boarding house which they share with Rhetoric boys (Year 13). The boarding house is situated in 'New Wing' of the College and covers the first and second floors.


With Poetry (Year 12) being the first year of Sixth Form, pupils have more freedom. The ethos of the Poetry boys' house is one of creating a homely atmosphere where pupils can express themselves whilst focusing on achieving their very best in all aspects of College life. Whilst relaxed in nature, excellence is encouraged as role models to the rest of the student body.






About the Poetry Boys' House Parent

Together with his Deputy, Marcus Jackson looks after boarders in the Poetry Boy’s Boarding House. Marcus has been at Stonyhurst College since January 2019 when he joined as a Rugby Coach. Having been impressed with Stonyhurst’s pastoral care and working environment, he took on the role of Pastoral Deputy within the Lower Grammar Boy’s House (Year 9). Marcus was then offered a Higher Line Boy’s House Parent position which he has been leading since September 2020.

Marcus lives in the Poetry Boys' Boarding House and, alongside his duties as House Parent, is the lead Rugby Coach for the College U15 team and the lead Cricket Coach for the College U14’s team. He also coaches rugby for Sale Sharks’ Academy Youth Team, developing the best talent in the North West.

Prior to working at Stonyhurst, Marcus worked in client management for a market-leading sports agency, Wasserman, where he represented the playing and commercial interests of professional footballers for just under ten years.

Outside of work, Marcus enjoys socialising with friends and keeping fit and healthy, be it in the gym, hiking or getting out on the water in the Lake District or North Wales.

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

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Our daily routine

Boarders register at 7:50am before breakfast, and tutor time or assemblies follow at 8:30am. Lessons run from 9:00am until 5:15pm, although boys often return to their rooms during the day to study if they are between classes, or call in to see the House Parent office for a chat. Supper follows, and then evening studies and extra-curricular activities run from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The girls can then have some free time until their curfew at 10:00pm and goodnights at 10:30pm.

Evenings & weekends 

Evening activities vary from day to day but include more than 100 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. 

In the evening some boys like to socialise in the Higher Line (Sixth Form) Coffee Room, whereas others will watch a movie or listen to music with friends in the boarding area. At weekends, boarders enjoy a wide range of activities and various trips are organised such as shopping trips, paintballing, go-karting and more. Use of free time varies from boarder to boarder, some enjoy using the vast amount of outdoor space on their doorstep and others will use free time for studies, some like to cook food for themselves and their friends, whilst other might go for a run or use the onsite gym. At weekends, the focus is on rest and relaxation, whilst carrying out the necessary studies for the week ahead. Boarders in Poetry have the opportunity to go into the local village on Saturday afternoons or into the local town of Clitheroe, which many enjoy.


Key Contacts for Poetry Boys House

Mr Edward Allanson

Assistant Head - Higher Line

Mr Tim Strain

Deputy House Parent (Boys) - Poetry

Mr Marcus Jackson

Houseparent - Poetry Boys


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