Stonyhurst College is a coeducational, Roman Catholic independent school, adhering to the Jesuit tradition. Excellent facilities and beautiful historic buildings, along with impressive co-curricular opportunities encourage each pupil in this vibrant, happy and diverse community, whether Catholic or not, to achieve their best and play a full part in school life. "Outstanding personal development....is a clear indicator of how the school prepares them spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership" ISI report 2016.
Stonyhurst offers both A Levels and the IB Diploma, and teaching is highly personal and tailored, aiming to educate the whole person. The unique Stonyhurst Collections provide wonderful focal points for teaching whilst small tutor groups, learner profiles and individual attention ensure pupils achieve excellent academic results - around 70% achieve A*-B at A level. Personal tutors help pupils settle in, encouraging and challenging in equal measure, and are on hand for the big decisions.
Sport is an essential part of life at Stonyhurst. Extensive playing fields are complemented by a golf course, tennis bubble; sports halls, dance academy and shooting range, whilst the range of sports includes fencing, water polo and cross-country running. As County cup winners for 6 consecutive years Stonyhurst has a national reputation for rugby, and has produced sixteen international rugby players. Hockey, netball, swimming, badminton, basketball and tennis also have strong reputations.
The College provides boarding and day education to approximately 475 boys and girls aged 13–18. It has one main church, St Peter's, and five chapels. The College also has four main libraries.
J. R. R. Tolkien wrote part of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in a classroom on the Upper Gallery during his stay at the college where his son taught Classics and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of “Sherlock Holmes” was a former pupil.
Music and Drama play a prominent role in school life and students tour regularly to Europe and the Far East.
2016 Stonyhurst college achieves fantastic IB results – in only the schools 2nd year, the cohort of 24 students has achieved an average IB score of 35.7 and a top result of 44 points. There will be 30 students in next year’s IB cohort.
Stonyhurst College, founded in 1593, is the oldest Jesuit school in the world.
Good academic results, especially IB
Arthur Conan Doyle - Author of Sherlock Holmes, Brian Ashton - History master and England rugby coach, Mark Thompson - Former Director General of the BBC
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