In its stunning rural setting in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, Stonyhurst College can be found in a magnificent Grade I listed building. Manchester Airport is just over an hour away and there are excellent rail and motorway links to London and all parts of the UK. Lively seaside towns such as Blackpool and Morecambe are also a short journey away.
Boys board in year-groups (known as playrooms) and are cared for by their playroom master and his eager team of assistants. Two boarding houses exist for girls: one for Lower Line (Years 9 to 11) and another for Higher Line (the sixth form). They are run by a housemistress and her team.
Pupils are very much encouraged to think for themselves and adapt to independent study. All pupils have a personal tutor, while an excellent learning support department helps to bring out the best of those with special educational needs.
The International Baccalaureate is offered alongside A-levels in the Sixth Form. Each year, a significant number of sixth formers are accepted by Oxbridge Colleges.
Music and the arts
The creative life of the College is rich and varied, where countless opportunities in music, art, drama and dance are offered. Expectations and standards are high, with places on National Youth Theatre courses awarded to Stonyhurst pupils, as well as prestigious choral and organ scholarships.
Stonyhurst is represented in local and national fixtures, while pupils travel all over the world on international sporting tours. Major team games are hockey, rugby, cricket, netball, athletics and football. Additional sports include squash, cross-country running, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, fencing and swimming. Prominent facilities at the School include a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, all-weather pitch, tennis and squash courts.
Stonyhurst is keen for its pupils to join the Combined Cadet Force and take an active role in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Over 100 other activities are offered.