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Stonyhurst College

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Stonyhurst College

Address: Stonyhurst, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ
Founded: 1593
Number of Pupils: 760 (480 at Stonyhurst College and 280 in the Prep School Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall)
Ages: 3–18
£9,300 – £39,300
Head Teacher: Mr John Browne (Stonyhurst College), Mr Ian Murphy (Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall)
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition
Entrance Procedure:  Assessment test; personal statement; school reports; school reference and where appropriate an interview with the Headmaster
Contact: Helen Eastham (Head of Admissions & Marketing) [email protected]; For UK enquiries for pupils aged 13 – 17 contact: Lynnette Carr (Registrar) at [email protected]; For International enquiries for pupils aged 13 – 17 contact: Louise Hyde (International Registrar) [email protected]; For pupils aged 3 – 13 contact: Sarah Morrison) (SMH Registrar) [email protected]
School Visits:
Thursday 23rd September: Sixth Form Open Evening
Saturday 9th October: St Mary’s Hall Open Day
Saturday 6th November: College Open Day

Saturday 5th March: St Mary’s Hall Open Day
Saturday 12th March: College Open Day
Monday 2nd May: St Mary’s Hall Open Day

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The Curriculum

Our Prep School follows the international primary curriculum up to the age of 11. At the College, we offer GCSE through to A-levels, as well as the Pre IB, IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and IB Careers Related Programme (IBCP). We have an extensive co-curricular programme of over 100 activities for pupils to choose from.

Games & The Arts

Our pupils achieve on the sports field, as well as in music, drama and dance. We have a national reputation for rugby and, as a fully co-educational school, a very strong reputation for hockey and netball. Our pupils have success in outdoor pursuits such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, fell running and shooting. The Stonyhurst Combined Cadet Force is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the country. Our sports centre includes a golf course, world-class, LTA-registered tennis dome, Olympic size all-weather pitch, 37 fitness station multi-gym and swimming pool.  Opportunities in music, art, drama, dance, stage management, photography are also on offer.

Pastoral Care

Pupils at Stonyhurst are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They are encouraged to involve themselves fully in the opportunities on offer and to develop those qualities of character that will distinguish them in later life as ‘men and women for others’. A Jesuit education at Stonyhurst nurtures individuality and encourages generosity.

University Places

Approximately half of the students secure a place in a Russell Group University. Two of our current pupils have recently had offers to Oxford University and two pupils have had offers to Cambridge University for 2020.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

‘Show me a boy at the age of seven, and I will show you the man’. The Jesuit approach to education inspires, nurtures and develops the child’s spiritual and emotional character that is the backbone to adulthood. At Stonyhurst we work hard at knowing every pupil so that we can challenge them academically and in other areas of life. We aspire to educational excellence and human competence giving our pupils that extra edge to go further in life.

Outstanding Characteristics

  • Co-curricular programme of over 100 activities to choose from.
  • The world’s oldest museum in the English speaking language with over 65,000 historical books and artefacts.
  • Academic excellence – top IB score of 45 in 2021.
  • Exceptional pastoral care.
  • Extensive facilities including a tennis dome, 25-metre swimming pool, golf course and our very own working observatory.
  • Producing world leaders for over 425 years.

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