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Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, BB7 9PZ, Lancashire

01254 827073



Stonyhurst College
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1593
Headmaster Mr John Browne
Date Appointed 2016
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 727
Day fees per annum £19,950
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £29,850
Boarding fees per annum £36,300
Average Class Size 15
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations HMC,BSA

Stonyhurst is Britain's leading Catholic boarding and day school, with over 400 years of history, set in a magnificent Grade I listed building in a beautiful setting. The oldest Jesuit school in the world, Stonyhurst is part of a well-proven educational tradition, with global links to other Jesuit schools and colleges in every continent. We achieve high academic results, have exceptional pastoral care, and offer an enormous range of extra-curricular opportunities.

The pupils in our care are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Stonyhurst has an outstanding academic record, with many pupils going on to top universities in the UK, Europe and around the world; Stonyhurst pupils will attend Oxbridge in September 2017, with others attending the Russell Group and International universities of their choice.

Teaching at Stonyhurst centres on the individual and encourages pupils to study independently, and to think for themselves. Small classes and exceptionally good teacher-pupil relationships enable pupils to achieve their full academic potential. All pupils have a personal tutor. A strong learning support department enables those with special educational needs to achieve their best. In the sixth form we offer the International Baccalaureate alongside A levels. Pupils have a wealth of support to guide them through their chosen courses and to assist them with their application to university.

The creative life of the College is rich and varied, offering many opportunities in music, art, drama and dance. Standards are high, with prestigious choral and organ scholarships frequently awarded to Stonyhurst pupils, as well as places on National Youth Theatre courses. Sport plays an important part in the life of Stonyhurst; we are represented in local and national fixtures, and international tours take our pupils all over the world. The main team games are rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, athletics and football. Additional sports include cross-country running, squash, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, fencing and swimming. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art tennis dome, a 9 hole golf course, all weather pitch, squash and tennis court.


As a Jesuit school, Stonyhurst seeks to enable each individual pupil to thrive, by enabling them to find, develop and use their unique talents. We believe the distinctive nature of Stonyhurst, informed also by an extensive volunteering programme, helps to ensure that the strong leadership qualities many pupils develop are tempered with a thoughtful compassion and awareness of others.

Each year group (known as a Playroom) has its own Head of Playroom, who has an overview of each student's complete experience at Stonyhurst. Boarding at Stonyhurst is centred upon excellent pastoral care in a happy, well-ordered environment, in high quality accommodation. Boys board in year-groups (called playrooms) and are cared for by their pastoral head and his team. For girls, there are two boarding houses: one for Lower Line (years 9 to 11) and another for Higher Line (the sixth form). Each is run by a pastoral head and her team.

Everyone attends Whole School Mass in St Peter's Church on Sunday morning. About 65% of our pupils are Catholic, we also have young people who belong to other Christian traditions, and other faiths; all are encouraged to play a full part in the spiritual life of the school. Special celebrations are held to mark the major feast days of the year.