Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose

Where friendships are formed that last a lifetime.

We are a global family like no other

With over 24 pupil nationalities.

We are a global family like no other

Our cultural diversity adds to the richness & global outlook of our school community.

Over 75 co-curricular activities available

Developing well-rounded young people.

A springboard to a life of purpose

We seek to inspire our pupils to go out into the world to make a difference.

Excellence in pastoral care

Passionate about caring for the whole person - Cura Personalis.

Over 75 co-curricular activities on offer

Pupils are well-rounded, ambitious & adventurous young people.

Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose

And friendships are formed that last a lifetime.

Pupils are encouraged to strive for personal excellence in all that they do

Living by our school motto 'Quant Je Puis', 'As Much As I Can'.

Academic excellence, university preparation & careers support

A broad & engaging curriculum, preparing young people for their adult life.

Steeped in history & tradition

Stonyhurst is the oldest continuously active Jesuit school.

Creating world-class sports players

Stonyhurst is famous for sport.

Dilip's Double Triumph as Charity Champion
Dilip at BBC Radio Lancashire

Welcome to the UK's leading Catholic boarding and day Sixth Form for 16 - 18 year olds

At Stonyhurst, we empower our boys and girls to be the best that they can be, shaping leaders of the future who carry a sense of purpose and a desire to make the world a better place. As we guide every pupil through their own individual academic, sporting, creative, spiritual and emotional journey, we watch with great pride as our boys and girls grow to be 'men and women for others'. 

Stonyhurst Higher Line (Sixth Form) forms the latter part of Stonyhurst College and is located in the same building. Higher Line (Sixth Form) offers three study routes - the International Baccalaureate Diploma, A levels and the Cambridge Technical Diploma.

Quant Je Puis - 'As Much As I Can'.

What Others Say


Rated Excellent in all areas

Report highlights:

Pupils possess strong study skills and take an inquiry-based approach to their studies.

Pupils are highly articulate and speak with eloquence when addressing others.

Pupils show strong levels of perseverance when faced with challenges.

Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-esteem.

Pupils have a strong appreciation for the multi-cultural nature and diversity of the school community.

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Tatler Schools Guide

“The greatest strength of this predominantly Catholic co-ed lies in its community, with an amazing breadth of education on offer in an environment where discipline and kindness are both taken seriously, and everything is underpinned by the Jesuit ethos of ‘being people for others’.”

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Good Schools Guide

Report highlights:

  • The playrooms at break times certainly seem friendly places, a mad throng of chat.
  • Broad curriculum allows students to follow their interests.
  • Outward looking and inclusive Catholic boarding school.
  • Students are encouraged to become their best selves, give back to the world and aspire to great heights academically.
  • Impressive array of sports facilities.
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Talk Education

"Even the most secular can’t fail to be amazed by Stonyhurst, and with its superlative facilities, high-quality teaching and extraordinary heritage comes immense privilege.

Most children peer at Henry VII’s cope and chasuble in a textbook – at Stonyhurst, they are there in the classroom with them. How’s that for bragging rights?"

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We would love to welcome you for a private visit 

Along with our open events which take place at certain points during the year, there is much greater flexibility with private visits as your opportunity to find out more about Stonyhurst and our Sixth Form.


Register for a private visit

A Top IB School 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an alternate study pathway to A levels, designed to keep future options wide open through a broad curriculum and create not only global citizens but global leaders.

Ranked in the Top 10 UK league table of small cohort IB schools, Stonyhurst IB pupils thrive in our unique environment, studying a world-class education that enables young people to become all that they can be.


Learn more about the IBDP

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Life at Stonyhurst Sixth Form

Sixth Form life is fast paced and varied. Of course we encourage our pupils to work hard academically - we are first and foremost a leading independent school after all - but life at Stonyhurst extends far beyond the classroom. We recognise the importance of developing the whole individual so that our boys and girls are well-rounded, confident and ready to succeed in the real world.

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If you believe that Stonyhurst Sixth Form could be the best option for your son or daughter, the admissions section below provides information about the application process for UK and international applicants, plus other information that you will find useful in guiding your decision.


Meet our Director of Admissions

Contact Helen Eastham, our Director of Admissions, who will be happy to help answer any questions you have about Sixth Form life at Stonyhurst, and can aid you on your admission's journey alongside our experienced Registrars. 

Our Mission and Identity

  • Develop our pupils' talents by challenging them to give of their very best in all that they do, to the Greater Glory of God.
  • Be a caring, supportive and prayerful community of pupils, staff and parents, with Jesus at the centre.
  • Prepare young people intellectually, spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership in facing the problems of the modern world.
  • Nurture independently-minded young people, able to think for themselves, and to stand up for their beliefs.
  • Know each of our pupils as individuals, provide for their individual needs, and help them become well-rounded adults.
  • Prepare young people to play an active role in the Church today.
  • Encourage our pupils to become men and women who will do as much as they can for other people.
  • Help our pupils to find God in the majesty of His creation, and to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them.

Learn about Stonyhurst's ethos

We are all different - and this is a place which embraces all kinds of talents and people. Stonyhurst allows us to focus on what we are good at, and to do what we love.

Aitana, Sixth Form Pupil

Learn about Stonyhurst

Inspired by the beautiful Stonyhurst estate and the heritage of the world’s oldest continuous Jesuit school, our pupils pursue academic excellence alongside spiritual and emotional growth and learn to embody their school motto: Quant Je Puis, As Much As I Can, in every activity.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

was a pupil here


Stonyhurst College

Has a 92% pass rate for A levels and the IBDP

We have

22 sports pitches

We have a

1:7 teacher to pupil ratio

Our observatory

Is fully operational 

Oliver Cromwell

slept in the Top Ref

We have over

35,000 artefacts within our museum

We were the first school

to perform a Shakespeare play

7 of our alumni

have been awarded the Victoria Cross

The former CEO of the New York Times

was a pupil here

Upcoming Events

Attending one of our open events is a great way to see the full spectrum of the Sixth Form. We hold regular open days for the College (13 - 18 years) during the Christmas Term and Easter Term, along with an open evening that focuses specifically on Sixth Form options (16 - 18 years).

Online registration is available, and will allow us to tailor your open event experience to the needs of your child.


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