Stonyhurst is very proud to be amongst the top UK public schools included in this year’s Tatler School Guide 2021; ‘The top prep and public schools in the UK’.
'Quant je puis' (as much as I can) is the motto here - and they certainly live by it. As the world's oldest Jesuit boarding school, Stonyhurst is firmly rooted in Catholicism but, in the words of a parent: 'this is not an overly pious place'. It was the schools distinctive ethos that attracted old boy Stephen Withnell to come back to Stonyhurst to take up the role of Deputy Head, leaving behind a job at Goldman Sachs. Since his arrival in 2018, Mr Withnell has spearheaded the creation of the new Stonyhurst Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to raising a permanent endowment for bursaries. 2021 brings another significant first: the opening of Stonyhurst International School in Malaysia. Due to their unique 'Playroom' boarding system, integration is rarely a problem, and a family feel is cultivated by Head John Browne's 'five a day' initiative: five meaningful conversations with pupils over lunch. With the oldest museum in the English speaking world and five libraries at their disposal, it's no wonder academic results are strong. Success extends outside the classroom: the girls' cricket team are the 2020 indoor champions, Little Shop of Horrors was a hit, and, thanks to a pupil led initiative, a Syrian refugee family now lives happily in the local community. 'Quant je puis' indeed.
TATLER SCHOOLS GUIDE 2021