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'.
At the heart of everything that we do is delivering an exceptional education for our pupils and ensuring that their formation, both inside and outside of the classroom, is of the highest standard.
We encourage the development of intellectual curiosity, independent thought and self-directed study so that each pupil achieves the best possible results and acquires the skills essential to excel at university and beyond.
Prospectives & Horizons
Pupils are outward looking
We constantly look to innovate and use our extensive history and traditions as a lens on the present and the future. Pupils progress from Stonyhurst to leading further education institutions in the UK and around the world.
Faith that does justice
Faith through action
Our pupils regard themselves as ‘men and women for others’. They develop a generosity of spirit which sees them give freely of their time and effort in the service of others.
Our facilities include a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a water based astro pitch, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a sports hall, clay pigeon shooting range, indoor shooting range, historic collections and libraries and an observatory.
What Others Say
• '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.'
• 'Pupils are encouraged to become their best selves, give back to the world and aspire to great heights academically.'
• 'Impressive array of sports facilities'.
'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.'
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?
We would love to welcome you for a private visit
Our Virtual Private Visits are your opportunity to find out more about Stonyhurst Sixth Form.
A Top IB School
Ranked in the ‘Top 10’ UK league table of small cohort IB schools, pupils thrive in a unique environment, studying a world-class education that enables young people to become all that they can be.
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.
Quality boarding provision and excellent pastoral care.
Sixth Form Options
A Level and IB curriculums with outstanding breadth and depth.
World famous co-curricular and sporting programmes.
Stonyhurst has a strong reputation for educational excellence.
Careers Education & Guidance
Our Careers Department guides pupils in the important decisions they make about their future.
Take a look around
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.
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.
was a pupil here
Has a 100% pass rate for IB and A-level
22 sports pitches
1:7 teacher to pupil ratio
Is fully operational
slept in the Top Ref
35,000 artefacts within our museum
to perform a Shakespeare play
have been awarded the Victoria Cross
was a pupil here
Stonyhurst College News
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.