Are you trying to find a co-educational international boarding school in England? We are presenting here Stonyhurst College in Stonyhurst in Lancashire, UK? Open for boys and girls from 13 to 18 years old.
Stonyhurst College has a distinguished history as one of Britain’s leading Catholic boarding schools. The College was originally founded in St Omer in 1593 by Fr Robert Persons SJ under the patronage of Philip II of Spain. The purpose of the College was to provide a Catholic education for English boys at a time when such an education was prohibited in England. However, in 1762 the Jesuits were forced to move from St Omer, when the King of France expelled them from France, and re-established their school at Bruges. A further move was necessary in 1773, this time to Liege, following the worldwide suppression of the Jesuits by the Pope. Finally the school was forced to move from Liege when it was beseiged by the French Revolutionary Army. The school arrived at its current location in Lancashire on 29th August 1794. Since then, Stonyhurst College has continued to expand, evolve and thrive.
Today young men and women at Stonyhurst receive an education which equips them for the 21st century, in a setting steeped in history. The College’s continental, Jesuit origins are reflected in its distinctive nomenclature: the academic year groups are known as Playrooms, from the early Jesuits’ emphasis on the value of staging dramatic performances. Each year is named after an aspect of language, starting with Lower Grammar, then Grammar, Syntax, Poetry and finally Rhetoric. Pupils are taught about the history of the College, and are proud of their school's heritage. Stonyhurst College has been authorized to offer the the IB Diploma Programme from September 2013. This makes Stonyhurst an IB World School.
Boarding at Stonyhurst is an extremely full and enriching educational experience, providing a safe, happy and ordered environment in which pupils can flourish. Excellent pastoral care, in the context of a strong and vibrant community, supports boarders as they become increasingly independent, self-reliant and considerate.
The boarding accommodation is of a very high standard. Boys board in year groups and each year is cared for by their Playroom Master and his team. Girls, however, are divided into two houses: Lower Line (Years 9-11) and Higher Line (the Sixth Form); each is run by a housemistress and her team. In Lower Line, boarders typically share a room with 3 or 4 others. This becomes fewer in Syntax (the final GCSE year). Higher Line pupils have their own study bedrooms. Stonyhurst College provides a full, 7 day a week boarding environment, offering an extensive range of activities and events at the weekends. These are supplemented by various trips and excursions, which have recently included visits to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District, ice-skating rinks, cinemas, concerts and sports’ matches. The Catholic life of the school continues throughout the weekend: there is Benediction on Saturday evening and Mass in St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning, attended by the boarding community, as well as some day parents and their families. Please contact us if you are intrested in Stonyhurst College in UK!