Syntax Boys Boarding House

The Boys House

Syntax (Year 11) boys board in rooms of 2-3. The boarding house is situation in the West Wing. This part of the building is located past St Peter’s Church as you walk towards the main College reception, or ‘Glass Doors’, on the left hand side.


The Syntax Boys' House promotes the school motto 'Quant Je Puis' ('As Much As I Can'). Boys are encouraged to make the most of their opportunities at Stonyhurst and they know to try their best in whatever they do. Our aim in the Syntax year is to develop independent young men. This is a key examination year for boarders and our programme looks to foster and develop ownership of ones time and actions (individual study skills and concentration, respect for others and one’s individual area and their boarding house).

About the House Parent

Together with his highly experienced Deputies, Fraser Drewar looks after the boys in Syntax Boarding House. Fraser joined Stonyhurst in September 2021. Prior to joining Stonyhurst, he has worked in boarding roles in schools in Bath, Surrey and Chester, working as Housemaster and as Director of Boarding in both traditional boarding schools and specialist music and dance schools.

In addition to his duties as House Parent, Fraser coaches basketball and is keen to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport to the athletes of Stonyhurst. Fraser has been coaching basketball for over 20 years and has played and coached at a local and university level. In his leisure time Fraser enjoys keeping fit.  As a former personal trainer Fraser is keen to offer boarders help with training advice and healthy eating. Another keen interest is cinema. During his time in boarding Fraser has had some fantastic conversations about mainstream movies from 1980 onwards and he looks forward to many more during his time at Stonyhurst.

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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 at 8:00am, 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 co-curricular activities or clinics before supper. Our evening meeting is at 19:15pm followed by studies at 20:15pm. After studies the boys have free time. Often free time is spent making use of the Astro Turf, playing football or rugby. At 21:45pm boarders get ready for bed in preparation for at 22:15pm good nights.

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.  The boys enjoy playing table tennis or pool in the evening. Free time may also be spent exploring the fabulous grounds, making use of the fantastic facilities, listening to music or relaxing in the Syntax Playroom which is the hub for most social interaction for boarders. The Playrooms are a lively and engaging environment for our young people.


Key Contacts for Syntax Boys House

Mr Rory Mellows

Head of Physics, Deputy House Parent (Boys) - Syntax

Mr Edward Binham

House Parent (Boys) - Syntax Boys

Mr Fraser Dewar

House Parent (Boys) - Syntax Boys

Mr Reuban Strain

Assistant Head - Middle School


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

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