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Stonyhurst College

In 2018 near 37.27% of A Level students achieved A*-A
Address: Stonyhurst, Clitheroe BB7 9PZ

Description Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College is a well-known boarding school for children from 3 to 18 years old (also available in full-time form). It is located near the small village of Hurst Green in Lancashire County: up to Preston can be reached in 30 minutes, and to Manchester International Airport in 50 minutes by transport.

Stonyhurst College has a rather entertaining and difficult story. Originally it was founded in Spain in 1593 (then the Catholic education for boys in England was banned), changed its location many times and settled on the present territory only in 1794. The campus manages to combine modern technical equipment and the charming spirit of antiquity: ancient majestic buildings are architectural and historical monuments of national importance, united in a single beautiful ensemble, surrounded by well-kept gardens and parks. The total area of ​​the territory is huge - more than 1000 hectares! - there are sports and administrative facilities, educational buildings and residences. The school is divided into two sections:

  • St Mary's Hall - 3-13 years
  • The average age is 13 to 18.

Stonyhurst College prides itself on supporting and carefully preserves educational traditions for over 400 years and at the same time keeps pace with the times, introducing modern technologies and authoring techniques into the learning process. Here, children from all over the world can get a high-quality modern education and real pastoral care, enjoy the level of comfort during their stay and study, and develop their own talents and abilities during out-of-class, sporting and creative pursuits.

By right Stonyhurst College is proud of both its teaching staff and employees - all of them are qualified, experienced professionals who have been working with foreign students and international groups for several years. The quality of education is clearly reflected in the statistics of graduates: every year an overwhelming majority without problems enters the selected universities, even such prestigious and advanced ones as Oxford and Cambridge.

The high school (Sixth Form) here is called the Higher Line and is divided into two years: Poetry and Rhetoric. High school students have a great level of freedom and independence, but they have a great responsibility: they occupy leading positions, help in organizing the educational process and activities, help the younger students.

Each high school student attends the two-year course Theology General: this is a relatively non-standard program. Various moral and social issues are being studied: the system of prisons in the world, the protection and control of refugees and others.

Foreign students can count on full-fledged language support on the EAL course: these are English classes designed to fully develop common skills and to effectively prepare for a selected language test or exam. Also, if necessary, you can attend additional lessons on academic subjects.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Stonyhurst College

Program name
from 12 450 £ / term

About the educational program: a secondary education program that gives international students the opportunity to receive a valuable GCSE certificate recognized throughout the world. 

List of compulsory subjects that every student attends: 

  • Mathematics;
  • Religious studies;
  • English;
  • The PSHE course (economics, personality, society and health). 

The remaining items are selected personally by the student (a foreign language and a scientific course should be on the list):

  • Physical Culture and sport;
  • Latin language;
  • Music art;
  • Physics;
  • German;
  • Art;
  • French;
  • Geography;
  • Chemistry;
  • History;
  • Spanish;
  • Biology;
  • Greek.
from 12 450 £ / term

About the educational program: The profile and rather complicated program (A-level) of preparation for entering the selected university, designed for 2 years. The course allows you to get an "Advanced" Certificate of Advanced Level General Certificate of Education: in many educational institutions it is adopted as an alternative to the entrance exams.

In the first year of study (AS) 4 subjects are studied on personal choice. 3 subjects of them are studied more thoroughly on the second year.

List of subjects to study:

  • Foreign languages;
  • Physical Culture and sport;
  • Mathematics;
  • Art;
  • Business theory;
  • History;
  • English and Literature;
  • Higher mathematics;
  • Science;
  • Economics and some others.
from 12 450 £ / term

Brief information: an internationally recognized analogue of A-level, a pre-university program of preparation and training with in-depth, thorough study of subjects. In total, international students attend 6 subjects (3 at the standard level and 3 at the advanced level), as well as 3 electives:

  • Writing an expanded essay;
  • Theory of knowledge (CUR);
  • CAS (Creativity, Action and Service).

The subjects for study may be different:

  • Economics;
  • English and Literature;
  • Music art;
  • Foreign languages;
  • Drama art;
  • Philosophy;
  • Science.

Accommodation and food

All pupils and graduates, without exception, note the wonderful comfortable living conditions offered by Stonyhurst College. Boys and girls live in fully equipped houses: usually there are cozy bedrooms for 3-4 people, high school students occupy private bedrooms. Behind every house there are special educators - "English parents" - along with assistants.

Meals are organized three times a day: there is a huge selection of hot dishes and cold appetizers, salads, desserts, baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables are always present on the tables.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: chemistry, English, history, maths, physics
Events list: archery, Athletics, basketball, cricket, diving, Dramatic circle, Drawing on canvas, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, music studio, netball, rugby, Sports running, swimming, table tennis, water polo

Events Stonyhurst College

Many students devote their free time to sports and active rest - the school pays much attention to the physical development of its pupils. Among the most popular sport activities are the following:

  • Water polo
  • Fencing
  • Cross-country running
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Bench shooting
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Cricket.

The creatively, intellectually gifted children will find interesting studies for themselves - individual and group classes are prepared for them in various circles, clubs and sections. The musical direction is very developed:

  • String Orchestra
  • Violin
  • Electric guitar
  • Viola
  • Chorus
  • Saxophone
  • Double bass
  • Classical guitar
  • The horn
  • The oboe
  • Organ
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Trombone.

Many also master choreography, including ballet at the Royal Dance Academy.

Each curriculum includes extracurricular, social work - it helps to develop in pupils valuable social skills and qualities, promotes rallying of collective. The most popular classes are in the Cadet Corps and the competition for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize.

Equipment Stonyhurst College

There is absolutely everything necessary for high quality, effective education, various sports and creative resources to ensure the full, multifaceted development of the personality of each student. For international students spacious and bright classrooms with the necessary equipment, functional scientific laboratories for practical classes, own library and even an observatory, a modern center for technology and design, a student theater are prepared and opened. A rich and sporting infrastructure is created: a spacious swimming pool (25 meters long), tennis courts and a 9 hole golf course, squash courts, a large and multifunctional indoor sports complex with numerous fields and grounds for both individual and team games.

Term dates and fees

The tuition fee (on board, including accommodation and meals) is:

  • Primary school = 7251 £ /term
  • Secondary school = 10111 £ / term.

The indicated cost is already included:

  • Studying on the program (1 academic year = 3 terms)
  • Accommodation and catering
  • Stationery, teaching aids, materials, books (basic)
  • Sports activities
  • Laundry services
  • Excursions and trips.

Please note that there are some surcharges and fees not included in the basic cost of the program:

  • Courier delivery of the visa invitation (DHL) = 50 £
  • Deposit for foreign students = cost per one term
  • Additional music lessons
  • Individual lessons (English or academic subject)
  • Round trip airfare
  • Transfer in both directions (upon request)
  • Medical insurance
  • Consular fee (to be paid at the embassy).

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

Scholarships Stonyhurst College

Traditionally, scholarships are awarded to students more successful than others in their studies, sports or creativity, showing outstanding results and achievements. The amount of benefits depends on the age category to which the student belongs.


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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