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

Prior to joining Stonyhurst in January 2023 Marc was Head of Education and Head of School for special/learning and behavioural needs schools in the Wigan and Walton areas for 6 years, before moving on to Pathway Coordinator for Beaumont College in Lancaster. He is an English and physical education trained teacher but has specialised in supporting and developing pupils and staff over recent years, alongside becoming a qualified counsellor. 

Away from work, he is Director of Rugby for Great Britain Teachers RL, and has coached at Wigan, Widnes, Warrington and Salford before stepping back to spend more time with his children. He also played rugby union at county level with Surrey and rugby league at International level with Great Britain pupils and Canada. He was fortunate to play in two world cups and one as interim captain. 

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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 Angus Kinder

Assistant Houseparent - Syntax Boys

Mr Marc Simons

Houseparent - Syntax Boys, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Reuban Strain

Mr Reuban Strain

Deputy Head Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead


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

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