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.
About the school
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.
This September Stonyhurst opened its doors to the largest school roll in its history and celebrated world-class academic achievements. Over 800 pupils joined Stonyhurst at the beginning of the new term, the largest number in its 428-year history.
12th October 2021 — This September Stonyhurst opened its doors to the largest school roll in its history and celebrated world-class academic achievements. Over 800 pupils joined Stonyhurst at the beginning of the new term, the largest number in its 428-year history. A rise in boarding numbers sees Stonyhurst strengthening its position as the UK’s leading Catholic Boarding School.
Pupils have joined the prestigious boarding school from across the globe, adding to the global diversity of the school, yet over 65% of the cohort remain British. Children choosing to study at Stonyhurst are from over 27 countries, including those across Europe, America, and Asia. Stonyhurst remains a British Boarding school yet offers a richness of cultural diversity which makes it such an inviting school.
Head of Admissions, Helen Eastham said:
‘Academic success this year across all pathways will only strengthen the demand for places, which this year saw us operating waiting lists for all but one-year group at the College and Years 7 and 8 at St Mary’s Hall. Provision of an excellent academic programme with a focus on our enhanced co-curricular offer will only serve to drive more demand for places. In our international learning environment pupils become ‘men and women for others’ in the Jesuit tradition, preparing themselves for their role in the wider world.’
While overseas pupils attend the esteemed boarding school, local pupils too benefit from an academic model that encourages learning through experience and opportunity. Latest academic results reaffirm the College’s successful Jesuit learning model that places emphasis on the needs of each individual child, supporting them to reach their full potential. While Stonyhurst has forged a reputation for both sporting and academic success over the years, it is the College’s outstanding academic record that has more recently come to the fore, with Sixth Form pupils progressing to top UK Russell Groups and prestigious universities worldwide.
Stonyhurst continues to excel in something that it has successfully achieved for over 400 years – to shape individuals to be the best that they can be, wherever their strengths and talents may lie. The Sixth Form, which offers a pathway for everyone by offering both A Level and International Baccalaureate programmes, celebrated excellent results over the summer. With a broadly inclusive admissions policy and being non-academically selective, excellent results are the outcome of significant value-added teaching input, demonstrating the commitment of Stonyhurst’s academic staff, enabling all pupils to achieve the best they possibly can.
Earlier this month the school featured in the 2022 Tatler Schools Guide which read:
‘…'A springboard to a life of purpose', Stonyhurst turns out young people who live by the school's motto, 'Quant je puis' ('As much as I can'). Days here are full, with a dizzying array of co-curricular clubs and first-class sporting opportunities, whether on the rugby field or in the tennis dome. Head of Junior School, Ian Murphy, often concludes letters to pupils at the start of their journey with the words, 'Exciting times lie ahead'. He's quite right.’
Stonyhurst launches a new - look website navigation which gives current and prospective families an easy to navigate experience packed full of new and interesting insights into the school.
8th September 2021 — Stonyhurst launches a new - look website navigation which gives current and prospective families an easy to navigate experience packed full of new and interesting insights into the school.
The development has been carefully considered, backed up with analytics and data; supporting an array of year groups and stages. As well as a clear and stylish homepage and updated page design, the new navigation allows visitors to arrive at their desired location in a matter of clicks, saving precious time for busy parents
This new look website offers two clear routes to search for relevant information whether you are a current family looking for practical information or a prospective family looking to find out more about what the school has to offer. The ability for current families to sync the school calendar to their phone at the click of a button is just one of the new features launched over the past twelve months.
The virtual tour launched in January remains a popular feature which can be accessed in the top navigation and is a great way for families to walk the corridors at Stonyhurst, albeit virtually.
Stonyhurst’s Head of Marketing adds:
“We are pleased to launch our new website navigation which allows users to be more efficient with their time and find what they need quickly. We are committed to continually improving our digital offering and have a number of initiatives in the pipeline which we are looking forward to sharing with our Stonyhurst family over the coming months.”
This new look website follows a number of digital innovations launched over the past 18 months, including the development of the virtual tour, improved social media presence and upgrade in internal systems. Stonyhurst continues to embrace new and innovative technology whilst still retaining their 428 years of traditional excellence.
Stonyhurst is set to launch a state-of-the-art virtual Open Day experience which embraces the latest technology. This new innovation will enable families from across the globe to virtually attend Stonyhurst Open Events through an immersive real-life experience, transporting them to the physical Stonyhurst experience. The innovation is expected to launch in the latter half the Christmas Term as Stonyhurst continue to grow their innovation strategy.
Stonyhurst Sports Scholars have had a hugely successful summer break, acquiring a number of remarkable achievements between them.
3rd September 2021 — Liberty, who is in Year 13, plays cricket professionally for the Lancashire Under 18’s in the North West Thunder Academy, alongside England Captain, Alex Hartley.
In the ECB Under 18 County Competition Liberty averaged 48 runs from just 6 innings, leaving her as one of the leading run scorers in England. In early August, she attended a cricket festival at Shrewsbury School, attended by the best young girls from around the country where Liberty found herself in the top 5 wicket takers from over 100 participants.
On the back of these performances, Liberty has been selected for the School Games at Loughborough University in September. This event will feature the best 39 under 19 female players in England.
Hugo, another talented Cricket Scholar and Year 10 pupil, plays professionally for Lancashire County Cricket. During the summer, Hugo was selected to represent Lancashire in all fixtures for the U14’s, playing matches across the country against different counties.
There have been many highlights for Hugo, who recently played in the U14s Royal London Cup, winning 6/6 games. Hugo was also the highest scorer against Cumbria with 60 not out.
Most recently, talented tennis players and sisters, Hima and Ella played in the Lancashire Under 18’s against some of the most accomplished players. Hima, aged 14, also won the Lancashire County Ladies tennis singles.
Ella and her partner also won the Under 18 Lancashire Mixed doubles and Ella and Hima were runners up in the Ladies doubles final.
The opportunities and enriched training programmes provided by Stonyhurst, along with the tremendous hard work of the pupils, shows what is achievable.
Simon Charles, Director of Sport, said:
“I am so proud of our Sports Scholars and their tremendous achievements, they have all shown a huge amount of resilience, especially over such a turbulent few years. We are proud to have a number of talented coaches who provide continual support and opportunities for our gifted pupils - I look forward to seeing our scholars progress onto professional careers.”
Scholarships are the highest awards offered by Stonyhurst and provide an enriched pathway within the pupils’ relevant disciplines. Scholarships are available for academic excellence, art, music, drama & theatre and sport.
Stonyhurst is delighted to release its GCSE results for 2021.
12th August 2021 — The Stonyhurst College standard is again flying high today to celebrate the achievements of the Syntax class of 2021.
Stonyhurst GCSE 2021 highlights:
· 28% of pupils achieved a grade 9
· 46% achieved 9-8
· 65% achieved 9-7
· 98% achieved 9-4
John Browne, Headmaster of Stonyhurst, said: ’Many congratulations to our Syntax pupils on their outstanding achievements. They have done everything which has been asked of them in the most challenging of circumstances. The support from staff and families has been extraordinary. Syntax pupils have shown amazing mutual support and optimism and like so many pupils in the UK deserve every success with their GCSEs today.’
Stonyhurst is delighted to release its A level and IB results for 2021.
10th August 2021 — The Stonyhurst College standard is flying high today to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2021.
Stonyhurst 2021 International Baccalaureate (IB) highlights:
100% Diploma Programme pass rate compared to a world average of 85% (IBO, 2020)
Our top scorer achieved 45 points (out of a maximum of 45 points) placing them in the top 0.5% of candidates worldwide and equivalent to 4A* at A level
71% of pupils achieved 36 or more points equivalent to 3As at A level
A third of pupils achieved more than 40 points, placing them in the top 4%of candidates worldwide
An average point score of 37.8, compared with the typical worldwide average of 31.3 (IBO, 2020)
100% pass rate for our IB Career-related Programme pupils
Stonyhurst 2021 A-Level highlights:
99% pass rate
55% of all candidates received all A*- A
81% of all candidates received A*- B
John Browne, Headmaster of Stonyhurst, said: “Many congratulations to all Rhetoric pupils on their achievements. Our young people, wonderfully supported by their staff and families, have done all that was asked of them and they have risen to the challenges magnificently. There are many stories of extraordinary endeavour and determination behind these amazing grades. The global diversity of university destinations and breadth of subjects to be studied demonstrate the ambition of our Stonyhurst students, now proud to call themselves OS. This has been a year of unprecedented challenge and these fine young people provide hope and inspiration for the future.’
Offers have been secured at a range of top UK Russell Group universities and prestigious universities worldwide including: Bristol (UK), Cardiff (UK); Courtauld Institute of Art (UK); Durham (UK); ESADE (Spain); ETH Zurich (Switzerland); Exeter (UK); Edinburgh (UK); IE University (Spain); Imperial College London (UK); Kings College London (UK); ICADE (Spain); Leeds (UK); London School of Economics (UK); Liverpool (UK); Loughborough (UK); Maastricht (Netherlands); Manchester (UK); Newcastle (UK); Reading (UK); Royal Northern College of Music (UK); St Andrews (UK); Sophia University (Japan); University College London (UK); University of St Gallen (Switzerland); Warwick (UK).
Courses include: Architecture; Art; Biomedical Science; Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Chemistry; Computer Science; Criminology; Dentistry; Economics; Engineering; English; History of Art; International Management; Law; Liberal Arts; Marine Biology; Material Science and Engineering; Mathematics; Medicine; Music; Politics and International Relations; Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Philosophy; Physiotherapy; Psychology; Statistics, Economics and Finance.
Note to Editors
Stonyhurst is one of the UK's leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day schools for 3 – 18-year-olds. Founded in 1593, it is the oldest continuously active Jesuit school in the world. It has an 800-strong student body comprising the 500 pupils of Stonyhurst College plus the 300 pupils at its preparatory school, Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. Pupils come from throughout the United Kingdom as well as from abroad. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes in addition to UK public examinations. Boarding is available from the age of seven. The school is located on a 1,000-acre rural estate near Clitheroe in Lancashire.
For more information contact: Helen Eastham (H.Eastham@stonyhurst.ac.uk)
Stonyhurst College IB exam results among best in the world
Stonyhurst is thrilled to release its best International Baccalaureate (IB) results in history. As a leading IB school, Stonyhurst College pupils are amongst some of the highest scoring IB pupils in the world.
7th July 2021 — This year’s IB grades were based on a combination of coursework and predictions. Having shown remarkable strength and resilience throughout the global pandemic, Stonyhurst's International Baccalaureate (IB) pupils were finally celebrating today having received results that place them amongst some of the highest scoring IB students in the world.
John Browne, Headmaster of Stonyhurst, said: ’The International Baccalaureate Programme at Stonyhurst continues to flourish. The Jesuit concept of having ‘one foot in the air’, ready for the next challenge, has perhaps never been more relevant, and the way that our young people have energised themselves during this challenging year has been inspirational. The global nature of some of the university destinations demonstrates the ambition of our Stonyhurst students. The IB philosophy promotes international-mindedness and a broad and challenging curriculum which has prepared these fine young people so well for the next stage of their educational journey’.
Courses include: Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, Economics, Economics and Law, International Business Management and French, Law, Liberal Arts, Management and International Business, Management and Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics, Politics and International Relations, Psychology and Languages.
Stonyhurst 2021 IB highlights:
· 100% Diploma Programme pass rate compared to a world average of 85% (IBO, 2020)
· Our top scorer achieved 45 points (out of a maximum of 45 points) placing them in the top 0.5% of candidates worldwide and equivalent to 4 A* at A Level
· 71% of pupils achieved 36 or more points equivalent to 3As at A level
· A third of pupils achieved more than 40 points, placing them in the top 4% of candidates worldwide
· An average point score of 37.8, compared with the typical worldwide average of 31.3 (IBO, 2020)
· 100% pass rate for our IB Career Related Programme pupils
· Pupils win places at top universities across the world