Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College’s entrepreneurs faced their local Dragon’s Den with enterprising ideas and financial analysis, which earned them high praise from Lancashire’s business community.The IB Business Management pupils were taking part in a Dragons Den competition, run by the Lancashire Young Enterprise Area Board.  The pupils pitched their Social Enterprise company, Ad Maiora, which has been an integral part of the IB Business Management course.  The company’s mission statement is ‘Great...
A fashion show with a difference at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire next week will be supporting school students in Zimbabwe. Some of the Jesuit college’s students will be ‘upcycling’ clothes donated by Stonyhurst staff to create original and inventive new outfits; the results of their creative talents will then be modelled by students later in the term.Messalina Morley and Karla Jansen have cleverly combined contrasting textures from over 50 donated garments, transforming long skirts into...
Former Stonyhurst pupil Hugh Wooldridge will be staging a major theatrical event in March to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The Night of Electric Voices will feature some of the biggest performers from the West End and Broadway at the London Coliseum near Trafalgar Square.Since leaving Stonyhurst College in 1969, Hugh Wooldridge (pictured left) has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost theatre and television directors, writers and stage lighting designers. He currently...
The recent discovery of a lost First Folio of Shakespeare in the Bibliotheque de St-Omer in northern France has great significance for Stonyhurst College. The book seems to have been the property of the English Jesuit College founded in St-Omer in 1593 to provide a Catholic education for boys, forbidden on their native soil due to the religious laws of the day. St Omers College, as it was known, is the direct ancestor of Stonyhurst, now the oldest continuously surviving Jesuit school in the...
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has visited Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, in her capacity as Patron of the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project. The Princess Royal planted a tree at Stonyhurst alongside the 301 oak saplings planted by the Stonyhurst College Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Each tree represents a serviceman who died in the First World War, and other conflicts, who had attended Stonyhurst. The Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods Project has...
The Curator of Stonyhurst College will be sharing centuries of Catholic history when she gives the second annual lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom on 10 September. Jan Graffius will address: 'Saving the English Martyrs - How Catholic families preserved relics from Becket to Plunkett'.“The lecture will focus on the English relics entrusted to the Jesuits and St Omers by various Catholic families,” says Jan. “It will concentrate on the role of recusant...
Alumni of Jesuit schools and colleges were at the forefront of the First World War. And one of them – a former student of Wimbledon and Stonyhurst Colleges who was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1914 – is being portrayed in a drama series currently showing on BBC Three.In Our World War, the role of 25-year-old Lieutenant Maurice Dease of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, is played by National Theatre actor, Dominic Thorburn. Dease is killed in the first episode...
Stonyhurst College in Lancashire has a distinguished history as one of Britain’s leading Catholic boarding schools. Originally founded by the Jesuits in Saint-Omer, France, in 1593, it arrived at its current location in the Ribble Valley in 1794. Since then, the school, which accommodates boys and girls from 13 to 18, has continued to expand, evolve and thrive. It is strongly influenced by the Ignatian ideals of education, seeking to achieve excellence in all its activities and aiming to...

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