Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall is a Catholic IAPS prep school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13, with boarding from 7 years of age. It is on the same site as Stonyhurst College in the beautiful Ribble Valley.
About the school
Stonyhurst College incorporating Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall is an exceptional co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for pupils aged 3-18 years with boarding from 7 years. Our unique and nurturing environment gives pupils the opportunity to become all that they can be. Inspired by the beautiful Stonyhurst estate and the heritage of the world’s oldest continuous Jesuit school, Stonyhurst 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. Stonyhurst is a springboard to a life of purpose.
HRH The Prince of Wales joins the Easter Meditation at Stonyhurst College
The Prince of Wales has shown his support for Catholics and Christians around the world through his contribution to this year’s Easter Meditation at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.
2nd April 2021 — The Prince of Wales has shown his support for Catholics and Christians around the world through his contribution to this year’s Easter Meditation at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. The Prince recites the poem God’s Grandeur, by the distinguished Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, that speaks powerfully of a promise of renewal – for the physical world in which we live, but also for our spiritual lives.
John Browne, Head of Stonyhurst, said: “We are honoured that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will recite God’s Grandeur as part of our Easter Meditation. The poem is offered as a reflection on the journey from the darkness of Lent to the joy of Easter. We are delighted that through Stonyhurst, His Royal Highness will be able to reach Catholics and the wider Christian community around the world at Eastertide. Our meditation, includes participation from pupils, highlighting the importance of the younger generation, whose stewardship of the planet provides our hope for the future.”
This poem, written almost a hundred and fifty years ago, encourages people to see God in all things, offering a brighter future. The Easter Meditation is made up of three sections (nocturnes), with poetry and scripture, prayer, reflection and music. The [20-minute film] also includes precious artefacts housed in Stonyhurst’s museum that include The Holy Thorn (from the Crown of Thorns), which once belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, on loan from the Jesuit Province of Great Britain.
Prayers are led by pupils of Stonyhurst College, Stonyhurst Saint Mary’s Hall and Saint Joseph’s Primary School, Hurst Green. A reflection on the Passion of Christ is given by Fr Nicholas King SJ of Campion Hall, Oxford.
Stonyhurst College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall win two major tennis awards
Stonyhurst and its Director of Tennis have won two major Tennis Lancashire awards taking them through to regional sector of the LTA National Tennis Awards to be held later this year.
2nd March 2021 — Stonyhurst and its Director of Tennis have won two major Tennis Lancashire awards taking them through to regional sector of the LTA National Tennis Awards to be held later this year.
The Annual Tennis Lancashire awards were held on Friday February 26th 2021 and winners were revealed in an online awards ceremony on Lancashire Tennis Award’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
The awards are presented each year, with coaches, volunteers, clubs and other tennis venues being nominated by individuals across the County and then decided by the awards committee of Tennis Lancashire.
Stonyhurst are pleased to announce that awards were won in two out of the three categories nominated for;
• Education Award – Stonyhurst College and St Mary’s Hall
• Performance Coach of The Year – Director of Tennis David Shaw
The Stonyhurst Tennis Academy was introduced to the children’s’ curriculum in 2017 and then took on a new life when David Shaw, Director of Tennis and his team of coaches, joined in 2018. The Academy has gone from strength to strength over the last two years with David’s newly designed academy programme which creates player pathways for any aspiring pupil wishing to play tennis. This extensive programme now allows over 170 pupils to play tennis on a regular basis.
Tennis has always been a large part of the Stonyhurst sports offering with ten outdoor tennis courts and two indoor courts housed in a newly built tennis dome. The introduction of the Grand Slam standard indoor tennis courts provides pupils with all-year-round access and training support, raising the level of tennis skill at Stonyhurst. Stonyhurst’s vast facilities paired with David’s remarkable coaching have attracted a strong stable of national and regional standard players over the years.
David Shaw, Director of Tennis says “winning the awards has been the result of a lot of people’s hard work and commitment in providing the opportunity for children to develop their skills in a fun environment”.
David has had a highly successful tennis career from a very young age. He turned professional at the age of 17 and played a number of respectable players along the way, including former Wimbledon champion of 1987 Australian Pat Cash and Aussie doubles player Mark Woodforde. After retiring as a professional player at the age of 24, David made the transition to coaching where he has attained elite level five.
Lancashire Tennis Awards said: David’s dedication and passion towards helping players reach their potential is inspirational. During his short time as Director of Tennis at Stonyhurst College, David has implemented a comprehensive tennis programme with over 170 weekly players between the ages of 3-18 years old.’
For Stonyhurst pupils, participation in sport can help enhance academic performance and foster collaboration, self-confidence and leadership skills. Every year group from Year 5 has access to tennis as part of the physical education programme and 100 per cent of pupils have access as part of the extra-curricular activities at Stonyhurst. The Stonyhurst Tennis Programme provides access to children at all skill levels, from those who wish to play for fun and those who want to become professional players at national level. The tennis dome also provides the whole of the Stonyhurst community, including parents and friends, with the opportunity of playing tennis or having tennis lessons, through the Stonyhurst Tennis Programme.
Stonyhurst would like to congratulate all other nominees and the winners of each award and look forward to the next stage within the North Regional finals.
Stonyhurst have developed an immersive, state-of-the-art virtual tour to provide prospective families with an opportunity to explore the College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall from the comfort of their own homes. Using the latest digital technology prospective parents and their families can take a tour of the facilities on offer.
26th January 2021 — Stonyhurst have developed an immersive, state-of-the-art virtual tour to provide prospective families with an opportunity to explore the College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall from the comfort of their own homes. Using the latest digital technology prospective parents and their families can take a tour of the facilities on offer.
The seamless aerial view and clear side navigation enables visitors to navigate from different areas of the campus with ease, view the wide range of facilities, boarding areas and classroom on offer. This innovation is available via the Stonyhurst website and is easily accessible for people to visit 24/7.
From discovering the breadth of sports facilities to visiting Stonyhurst’s very own museum and chapels, the virtual tour offers individuals a unique insight into studying and living at Stonyhurst. The tour is punctuated with information points, which provide further insight into that specific location through historical facts, imagery and video content, bringing the tour to life.
As well as providing a wealth of insight for prospective pupils and families across the world, alumni will enjoy a trip down memory lane walking the corridors they once roamed and the grounds they once played in.
John Browne, Stonyhurst’s Headmaster says: ‘Stonyhurst enjoys using it’s extraordinary history as a lens on the future for our young people. The Jesuits are world renowned for being pioneers in education and always striving for excellence. We are always looking to see how we can embrace new innovations and technology to keep our educational formation at the cutting edge. This virtual tour is just the latest offering in the digital transformation of the College and St Mary’s Hall which last year saw the launch of the Stonyhurst Anywhere online learning platform. This platform contains a blend of live academic lessons, pastoral sessions, tutorials, meetings, talks, resources and tasks.
Whilst we can never replace the true warmth and experience of visiting our campus in person, we do hope that families find this virtual tour informative and that it offers a sense of what we have to offer at our wonderful school.’
The Stonyhurst virtual tour is live on the Stonyhurst College website now. To access the tour please follow this URL: https://www.stonyhurst.ac.uk/virtual-tour
A free Space-themed day packed full of exciting activities for young children took place at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall recently.
3rd February 2017 — Last Saturday we held our very first space-themed “Out of This World” Fun Day for 2-4 year olds. It was based in the Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Pre-Prep, Hodder House, and packed full of exciting activities.
The children and their parents were treated to space dancing in our very own Dance Academy before choosing between launching paper rockets in the Ambulacrum (Sports Hall) or visiting the fascinating Stonyhurst Observatory. There were also opportunities for tours of all the facilities on offer at Stonyhurst College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. The activities concluded with a wonderful singing session led by Mr Mann (Director of Music at SMH) where everyone was encouraged to join in the sing along and followed by a fabulous space picnic lunch.
A huge thank you to all of the Stonyhurst and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall staff for all of their hard work for making the event such a success! Despite the drizzly Lancashire weather, parents commented on how much their children had enjoyed the day. One parent commented: "Our children have had an amazing day, especially the rocket launches and dancing."
Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall welcomes Holocaust refugee and survivor
Pupils from Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall listened in amazement as Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, one of the 669 children who escaped from Czechoslovakia aboard a Winton train, shared her childhood stories and life growing up in Britain.
2nd February 2017 — Upper Elements pupils were delighted to have a very special visitor, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, to talk to them on Saturday. Lady Grenfell-Baines was one of the 669 children who escaped from Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II on one of the so-called Winton Trains (organised by Nicholas Winton).
The Upper Elements children were fascinated to hear the first-hand experiences of Lady Grenfell-Baines, then aged 9, and her little sister (aged 3 and a half), not only the train journey, but also their life in Britain after their arrival. The family was extremely lucky to be reunited – their father had escaped earlier (he had been warned to do so) and their mother escaped after them via Norway. Lady Grenfell-Baines told the children about Nicholas Winton and his extraordinary efforts to rescue the children. The children heard the sobering story of the last train which was due to leave with 250 children: the outbreak of war prevented it from leaving and, of those 250 children, only two survived the war.
The children were shown the books which Lady Grenfell-Baines took with her on the train – Czech translations of Robinson Crusoe and The Wind in the Willows which, at the time, Lady Grenfell-Baines had no idea were English stories. She still has the label which she wore on the journey and the list of names of the children travelling. The children were fascinated by a school report from when she was 11 and by watching her knit in the Czech way.
Lady Grenfell-Baines is now very involved with the Holocaust Memorial Trust and works to promote the importance of remembering, not only the Holocaust, but also other acts of genocide. Her visit was a timely reminder that Friday, January 27th is Holocaust Memorial Day. If you wish to know more, please visit their website at www.hmd.org.uk
Sir Nicholas Winton said, “Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.”
This is a message central to the Stonyhurst ethos which encourages our pupils to be men and women for others. In a week where the Upper Elements children had also watched an assembly about the plight of the Syrian refugees, Upper Elements pupils were inspired by Lady Grenfell-Baines’ visit to think what they could do to help refugee children in the current crisis.
Finding out more
Preparatory School for Stonyhurst College, Stonyhurst, Lancashire, BB7 9PU