Lancashire, United Kingdom
What sort of school is Stonyhurst?
Stonyhurst is a Catholic, HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) independent boarding and day school for boys and girls from 3 to 18. At Stonyhurst College, we have almost 500 pupils aged 13-18, over two thirds of who are boarders. At St Mary’s Hall, our adjacent preparatory school, there are almost 300 pupils aged 4-13.
There are increasingly strong links between the two sections of Stonyhurst, with shared responsibility for the KS3 curriculum. Almost all of the pupils in Rudiments (year 8) at St Mary’s Hall transfer each year into Lower Grammar (year 9) at the College. They make up about half of the 13+ intake.
The history of the College
Stonyhurst has a fascinating heritage, being one of the oldest Jesuit Colleges in the world. It was founded in St Omers, northern France, in 1593, and moved to its present site in Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble Valley in 1794. The original quadrangle at the centre of the College is part of a 16th century mansion, donated to Stonyhurst at the beginning of the 19th century by Thomas Weld of Lulworth. Throughout the years of religious persecution in England, Stonyhurst educated boys from Roman Catholic families. In 1996, Stonyhurst became fully coeducational, and today we educate boys and girls from Catholic families, and also those of other denominations. Though there is a small community of Jesuits at Stonyhurst, the school has had a lay Headmaster for over 20 years now.
What is the Ribble Valley like?
Stonyhurst is set in stunning countryside, near the Ribble and Hodder rivers and the beautiful Trough of Bowland. Manchester, however, is only about an hour away by road or rail. The market town of Clitheroe is 4 miles away, and we are 12 miles from the city of Preston. The Lake District can be reached in about an hour, and the Yorkshire Dales are even closer.
Does Stonyhurst offer the opportunity for staff to develop professionally?
We hold professional development to be of the utmost importance and have an annual appraisal system and a generous training budget for this purpose.
What makes Stonyhurst special?
It is the College’s Jesuit ethos, and its sense of community, which set Stonyhurst apart. We urge our pupils to give of their very best in all that they do, to the greater glory of God. We also encourage them to do as much as they can for other people, following the example of Jesus Christ, ‘the man for others’. We believe that the importance we attach to the care of our pupils, and the well-being of our staff, is second to none.