Stonyhurst College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 313 (Boys) 152 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1593

General Information

Stonyhurst College is a Catholic, co-educational boarding and day school in the Jesuit tradition for pupils aged 13–18, but warmly invites applications from other denominations. We also have an international school roll, delivering a broadly-based curriculum sensitive to others and the needs of the wider world.


Extensive sports facilities with an indoor swimming pool and all-weather pitch, library, shooting range, golf course, observatory, chapel, chapel choir, orchestra, various ensembles, wide range of extra curricular activities to include fencing, sailing, canoeing, riding, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force and Outdoor Pursuits Programme. Stonyhurst is preparing to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, from 2013, alongside A-levels.

Entrance Requirements

6th Form : min 6 x GCSEs at grade C or above.


11+, 13+ and 16+ : Academic, Music, Art & Design, All Rounder. Some bursaries are available.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please telephone 01254 827073.


2014/2015. Day: £5,628 per term. Weekly Boarding: £8,423 per term. Full Boarding: £10,111 per term.


Latest Inspection Report

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr A Johnson

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Tracey Erskine, Admissions Secretary

Stonyhurst College

[t]: 01254 827073
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Location Description

Stonyhurst College is an historic building set in a beautiful rural estate and surrounded by breathtaking countryside. There is easy access to Manchester International airport, rail stations and main motorways

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School News

Stonyhurst College 2014 Princess Anne

On the 24th September Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, in her capacity as Patron of the Woodland Trust’s Centenary

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Woods Project. The Woodland Trust has overseen the planting of three million trees across the UK this year to commemorate the fallen. The Princess Royal planted a tree at Stonyhurst alongside 301 oak saplings planted by the Stonyhurst College Combined Cadet Force. Each tree represents a serviceman who died in the First World War, and other conflicts, who had attended the school, which has a proud history of military service.

The Contingent Commander of Stonyhurst Combined Cadet Force, Lt Col Andrew Barber, escorted The Princess Royal to the new tree plantation, where she chatted to cadets, and was given a tour of the historic College by the Headmaster Andrew Johnson. She was shown two Victoria Cross medals which had been awarded to former Stonyhurst pupils in the First World War. One of these was the first VC of the conflict, awarded to Lieutenant Maurice Dease for his bravery in the opening engagement of 1914 at the Battle of Mons. The Princess Royal met pupils and staff from Stonyhurst and representatives from the Woodland Trust. At a Reception in the Top Refectory, which is lined with the portraits of Stonyhurst’s seven VCs, The Princess Royal said in her address: “Stonyhurst is the perfect place for this commemorative tree planting, with its long history and understanding of service.” Andrew Johnson the Headmaster said: “It was a tremendous day for Stonyhurst, the CCF and the Woodland Trust. We were delighted to be able to welcome the Princess Royal to the College. The staff, cadets and pupils very much enjoyed meeting her.”

Photo: The Princess Royal meets cadets at Stonyhurst College, escorted by Lt Col. Andrew Barber, Contingent Commander of the Stonyhurst CCF

STN 2014 Grimm tales_full cast

Tales by the Brothers Grimm burst onto the stage, through ballet, tap, contemporary dance and drama at Stonyhurst College recently as some

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of the famous stories were performed by pupils aged 3 to 18. Stonyhurst Dance gave an enchanting performance of Hansel and Gretel, as the lost children, wicked stepmother and tiny woodland birds came to life through the dancers’ energy and talent. This was complemented by a selection of tales including Rumpelstiltskin and Ashenputtel (or Cinderella), presented by Stonyhurst’s Drama Workshop. The audience chuckled throughout as each character brought fast-paced, physical comedy onto the stage, while the two witty Grimm brothers journeying through the forest in search of the ‘best’ story. The drama performance was adapted and directed by the Head of Drama, Laura Dixon, and the dance was devised and directed by Stonyhurst Dance teachers, Anna Southward and Andrea Morrison.


Photo: Stonyhurst cast of Hansel and Gretel

STN 2014 Cardinal Nichols at Great Academies

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, was the guest of honour at

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Stonyhurst’s prize-giving this year.

In his address to parents and pupils at the historic Jesuit school, Cardinal Nichols described Pope Francis as the finest exponent of Jesuit education, for his focus on the human person. Cardinal Nichols said that, from meeting his Holiness in Rome, it was clear that the generosity and love Pope Francis shows to everyone he encounters springs from a profound sense of peace and faith.

The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, spoke about St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, and of the core benefits of a Jesuit education; Stonyhurst, he said, seeks to enable the ‘human flourishing’ St Ignatius cited as the main purpose of education, by developing young people’s faith, self-awareness and leadership so that they may be a force for good. “Stonyhurst is the oldest surviving Jesuit school in the world and part of an educational continuum whose values and approach really have stood the test of time, being as relevant today as they were 450 years ago” said Mr Johnson. “Stonyhurst also celebrates its global links, being part of a network of 3,780 Jesuit schools, colleges and universities worldwide, educating 3 ½ million people in 70 different countries.”


Photo: Daniel Fitzgerald (Head of the Line), Andrew Johnson (Headmaster), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Harriet Shepherd (Head of the Line) and John Cowdall (Chairman of governors)

STN 2014 D of E

A record number of boys and girls from Stonyhurst College have successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold level expedition. Nineteen

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sixth formers from Stonyhurst walked 50 miles in Snowdonia over four days and three nights, crossing over the shoulder of Snowdon. Navigation and wild camping tested their survival skills in a situation where the facilities of a “normal” campsite were a very long way away. Mrs Jenny Shelley, Head of Chemistry at Stonyhurst and the college’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme manager, said: “Their assessors were extremely impressed with their support of each other, and their dogged determination in spite of being soaked to the skin for the best part of 3 days!”

Thirty other Stonyhurst students were in Snowdonia at the same time, on their Gold practice expedition, and will undertake their qualifying expedition later this term.

Gold is the final, highly prestigious, level of the scheme and is gained by achievements in four different areas: volunteering, physical pursuits, developing a particular skill, residential voluntary work and an expedition. Gold Award Presentations are made each year in London at St James’s Palace or in Edinburgh at Holyrood House, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex.

There was also a surprise award for Jenny Shelley herself this week, who has been given a special commendation and certificate from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award organisation for exceptional dedication to the scheme over the last 10 years. Mrs Shelley has been invited to an award ceremony at St James’s Palace later this term!

Stonyhurst’s Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “Not only are we very proud of our Gold Award students, but we are also delighted that Mrs Shelley has received this much deserved honour, in recognition of  her hard work and enthusiasm.”


Photograph: Stonyhurst’s Gold Award students in Snowdonia, at the end of their 50 mile expedition!

STN 2014 Hodder match

Stonyhurst College’s 1st XI cricket team strode into Stonyhurst’s prep school this week and challenged the younger pupils to a game of

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cricket. The challenge was eagerly accepted and the game commenced, watched by the whole school.

The tradition of Stonyhurst’s oldest pupils playing the youngest is older than anyone can remember, going back over a century, and the challenge is always spoken in Latin.

To add to the fun, the sixth-formers wear fancy dress: pupils from years 3 to 6 played a range of colourful creatures including a gorilla, penguin, Smurfs and a giant banana!

The younger team won by one run, which is also part of the tradition!

STN 2014 new science lab

A brand new science laboratory at Stonyhurst’s prep school St Mary’s Hall was officially opened by a top scientist this week. Professor

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John Watson, who was educated at Stonyhurst, is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. His main focus is health protection, including immunisation, anti-microbial resistance and emergency preparedness and response to health threats such as pandemic influenza. Professor Watson is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor at University College London.

Professor Watson met pupils at the college and at the prep school, and gave a fascinating talk about his work and current health issues to sixth form science students.

The Head of St Mary’s Hall, Larry Crouch, said: “The new science lab means that all our pupils at St Mary’s Hall, including the youngest, now get lab experience and are enjoying performing a wide range of experiments in the brand new, fully equipped facility. We were delighted Professor Watson could be here to open it for us.”


Photo: (from left to right) Head of St Mary’s Hall, Larry Crouch, Professor Watson, Andy Chadwick (science teacher) and the Headmaster of Stonyhurst College, Andrew Johnson


Stonyhurst College 2013 USA celebration

Stonyhurst celebrated its strong links with the USA this week, with a visit from the Assistant Cultural Attaché from the US Embassy in London. In

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a talk attended by the sixth form, alumni, parents and pupils from the US, Michael Prosser outlined the complexity of US relations around the world, and talked about his career in the diplomatic service. Prospective applicants to American universities were also interested to hear about living and studying in the USA. In honour of its American guests, Stonyhurst flew the Stars and Stripes high above the towers and musicians played the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’.

Stonyhurst educated the only Roman Catholic signatory to the American Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll, as well as John Carroll, founder of Georgetown University in Washington DC. Admissions tutors from this top US university will be visiting Stonyhurst in the autumn. This year, sixth-former Matthew O’Connor gained a place at Harvard.

Photo: The US Assistant Cultural Attaché with musicians after their rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.

Stonyhurst College 2013 Stratford

Following their impressive performances of three Shakespeare plays last term, pupils in Rudiments (Year 8) were treated to a trip to Stratford.

They visited Shakespeare’s birthplace,

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Nash’s House and New Place and Hall’s Croft, the Jacobean home of Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna, taking time to stop for an ice-cream outside the theatre.

The children learned a great deal about Tudor England, engaging enthusiastically with their tour guides, whose knowledge was tested extensively with many questions! After this educational afternoon they went on to the RSC to watch Hamlet – an interesting interpretation set in what appeared to be a 1970’s dilapidated village hall, which provoked intense discussion.

The next day the children visited Shakespeare’s grave, before heading out to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and gardens, and Mary Arden’s Farm.

STN 13 Brass diploma players

Three talented brass players at Stonyhurst College have just been awarded diplomas from the London College of Music. Sixth-formers, Shannon Gateley and Charlotte Redmond, and

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Noah Williams who is in year 10, each played a 20 minute recital for the award. Charlotte and Noah, both trombonists, played Rimsky Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto (1st movement), Saint-Saens’ Cavatine, Leonard Bernstein’s Elegy for Mippy II and Edward Gregson’s Divertimento. Shannon, a trumpeter, played the Otto Trumpet Concerto by Luigi Otto and Andante et Scherzo by Henri Busser. Their teacher, Greg Banks, said: ‘They are all very committed to their music and play in many different ensembles at Stonyhurst, so I’m delighted that they’ve each gained the Dip LCM, which is the the next step after Grade 8.” All three musicians play in the Stonyhurst Big Band, which last autumn went on an exciting tour to Hong Kong and China.

Photo: (from left to right) Noah Williams, Shannon Gateley and Charly Redmond, with their teacher, Greg Banks.

STN 13 World Book day

Fantastic Mr Fox, Robin Hood, Winnie the Witch, knights, tigers and princesses could all be found at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall on Thursday 7th March,

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as pupils were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite story-book characters. The day was devoted to celebrating World Book Day and there was certainly lots of enthusiasm for books. The librarians organised a brilliant sale of second-hand books and there was lively discussion about what the children had read and enjoyed. After a colourful playtime, everyone settled down for a good read.

Photo: Children from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, celebrating World Book Day

STN 13 Mr Youltens maths class

Every single pupil in a Stonyhurst year 11 Maths class has just been awarded an A* grade in GCSE Maths, completed a term early! They

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have now started work on the AS syllabus.

“I am delighted with their success” said Rob Youlten, their teacher, who is also a housemaster, and former pupil, of the Ribble Valley school. “It is obviously very encouraging when an entire class gains the top grade! They enjoy Maths and relish the challenges of the subject.”

Photo: Stonyhurst’s A* mathematicians with their teacher, Rob Youlten

StN 13 Andrew at RSC

A former Stonyhurst College pupil made his debut this week with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon. Andrew Hanratty, who left the Ribble Valley school

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after his A levels in 2007, is currently appearing in ‘The Winter’s Tale’, directed by Lucy Bailey, at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, prior to a nationwide tour. Stonyhurst’s Head of Drama, Johanna Egar, took her Theatre Studies students to watch the performance and to meet Andrew after the performance.

“We were fortunate to see him displaying the full range of his considerable talent, to a packed and delighted theatre” said Johanna, who taught Andrew Theatre Studies at Stonyhurst. “He played several roles, including Florizel, Cleomenes and Dion, performing intricate dance and fight scenes with ease, alongside such luminaries as Tara Fitzgerald and Jo Stone-Fewings. We are incredibly proud of him and felt privileged to watch him in such an exciting production.”

Andrew was a member of the National Youth Theatre, and worked with the producer of the West End smash hit ‘Sister Act’ before completing a two-year acting course at Drama Studio London, graduating in 2011. He has performed with a host of prolific names in the theatre world since then, including Iain Glen, Charlotte Emmerson, Michael Pennington and Penny Downie.

Stonyhurst students with Andrew (5th from the left) at the RSC after the show.

STN 13 students to go to Oxford

Five sixth formers from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire have gained places at Oxford University. Lucia Turner has been offered a place to study Medicine at

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Lincoln College and James Powell will read Law at Lady Margaret Hall; both have attended the Jesuit day and boarding school since Year 7. Charlotte Redmond, Stonyhurst’s Head Girl, will read Biomedical Science at St Catherine’s College, and Simon Whittle, a boarder at Stonyhurst from Bromsgrove, will read Philosophy and Theology at St Benets Hall; Simon and Charlotte have been pupils at the school since Year 9. Natalya Filvarova from the Ukraine, who joined Stonyhurst’s sixth form, will read Experimental Psychology at Queen’s College. The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “It is incredibly difficult to get into Oxford or Cambridge and I am delighted with the achievements of these 5 young people. Their success is the result of sheer hard work and the excellent support they have received from their teachers.”

Photo:(from left to right)Charlotte Redmond, James Powell, Natalya Filvarova, Andrew Johnson, Lucia Turner and Simon Whittle

STN 13 Rugby honours

Twelve Stonyhurst College rugby players have been selected to play for representative teams at county, regional and academy level, following their recent selection trials. Matthew

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Isola was selected for the Lancashire U15 XV squad, Oliver Dean, James Singleton and Joshua Katz will join the Lancashire Presidents XV and Jack Scaffardi will play for the North Lancashire squad. Victor Keunen, Favour Maduka, Patrick Porter, William Metcalf and Santi Morgan-Garcia will play for the Lancashire U16s, with Victor and Favour having the further honour of joining the U16 North of England squad. Sixth formers Matthew Radley and Tom Morgan have been selected to play in the U18 Sale Academy Training Squad.
Stonyhurst’s Director of Sport, Simon Charles, said: “We are delighted 12 of our pupils have been selected for these high profile representative teams. It will be a great experience for them competing at such a high level and is just reward for all their hard work and commitment.”

Stonyhurst College, the Jesuit co-educational day and boarding school in Lancashire, has a distinguished tradition of producing professional rugby players, including Scottish International, Joe Ansbro, Ian Balshaw, Will Greenwood and Kieran Bracken.

Photo: Back row, left to right: Tom Morgan, Favour Maduka, Victor Keunen and Matthew Radley

STN 13 New Refectory

Stonyhurst’s new Dining Refectory was open for business for the first time on the first day of the Easter term, much to the delight of

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pupils, staff and the College’s catering team. The new dining area can seat 320 people and has state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Designed by Preston architects Cassidy and Ashton, English Heritage has described the new building as “quietly modern – standing as an obvious addition to the complex without competing with Stonyhurst’s more historical elements.” Sandstone harmonises with the buildings around it, while modern zinc and aluminium panels resonate with the slate used elsewhere. The glass front has opened up beautiful views across the western approach to Stonyhurst and has created a light and spacious dining environment. Headmaster Andrew Johnson said: “We are absolutely delighted with this beautiful new facility, which will enhance the lives of all our pupils. I particularly like the wonderful views across the ponds to the grounds beyond.”