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No doubting the majesty of the architecture, and with its own observatory (with a full astronomical telescope and an astronomical society) and nine hole golf course, set in a 2,500-acre estate, most of which is farmed. 'I arrive each morning and cannot believe that this is my school,' commented one pupil. Outdoor pursuits in abundance – fishing, canoeing, sailing, fell walking and clay pigeon shooting. Hugely proud of VCs awarded to seven OS; not surprising CCF (compulsory in year 10) thriving. Service to the community and charity – writ large...


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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies: Single at an English Independent School (GCSE Short Course)


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Since September 2016, John Browne, previously head of St Aloysius' College in Glasgow. Music degree from Bristol, postgrad LLB from City and an MBA. He has also been deputy head of Ampleforth, head of Westminster Cathedral Choir and assistant director of music at Berkhamsted and The Latymer. He is married to Marie and they have a son.

Academic matters

Good value-added, especially at GCSE; in 2016, 49 per cent of all passes were A*/A. Sixty-nine per cent of A level passes were graded A*-B, 44 per cent A*/A. Maths consistently popular at A level, achieving good results. Introduced IB in 2013 – ‘fits approach to learning in a Jesuit school'; believes success in IB lies in being ‘organised, hard-working, academically able but not necessarily super bright’. Second results in 2016 saw a great improvement to an...

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Special Education Needs

We have about 65 pupils here at Stonyhurst who have SEN. The majority have mainly various degrees of Dyslexia. A few are Dyspraxic, a couple have Asperger's and most of them cope very well in normal classes and take a range of GCSE subjects. They are "setted" in some areas, not in others, and the sets are relatively small; some have as few as 5 pupils. "Curriculum support" is delivered through small groups of pupils who usually drop one or more subjects and have lessons with the SENCO instead. If their English is weak, then they are put in her set for that subject too. They all take English Language and Literature GCSE and most of them gain B or C grades. If they are particularly intelligent and can cope in higher sets then they are encouraged to do so and they are just monitored by the SENCO. We have some in-class support but only from our Gap Students. We have no "statemented" pupils at the present time as all our pupils are assessed privately. Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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