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History lessons must be much enlivened by articles such as Sir Thomas More’s hats and the gunpowder plot vestments. Art lessons can draw on original works by Turner and Rubens. These and other remarkable items are currently being curated into a small museum (‘The story of the collections and English Catholicism’). The Stonyhurst dancers recently got to spend time with the Birmingham Royal ballet (doubtless one of those unforgettable experiences so valued by the head)...

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  • 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 2016, John Browne, BA (Bristol, music), LLB, MBA (40s), previously head of St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow. Says it was a blend of accident and design that led him to teaching: as organ scholar at Westminster Cathedral, he ‘fell’ into the choir school by accident, later diverting to law and then an MBA because ‘teachers need to think strategically too’. Taught by Jesuits at St Ignatius College, it was the Jesuit chaplain of Westminster Cathedral Choir School who first asked John, ‘when are you going to be a teacher?’ This was not to be for another two years as he completed his LLB, but as the City beckoned so did music, and instead he took up his first post as assistant director of music at The Latymer School, returning to the Westminster Cathedral Choir...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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