Jesuit Schools

Mount St Mary A portrait
Michael Beattie SJ has finished writing his book on the history of Mount St Mary's College.  Due to be published in October,  it marks the 175th anniversary of the college’s founding by Fr Randal Lythgoe SJ.  Given the title, ‘A Portrait of Our College,’ it covers both ‘The Mount’ and Barlborough Hall. Fr Michael is an old boy of the school, an 'Old Mountaineer'  but his research in writing the book was more than just a trip down memory lane.  ‘ It resurrected many good...
September is the start of the new academic year as children all over the country head back to school. The Society of Jesus is recognised throughout the world for its work in establishing and running schools, colleges and universities. This blog post gives a brief overview of some of the collections of school records held here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives and, in particular, the records of Mount St Mary’s College, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its establishment this...
The first cohort to pass through the new system of GCSE’s have seen good results with some outstanding individual performances. These GCSE candidates were the first to sit 'tough' new exams under a reformed curriculum – with a slight dip in results nationally but the Jesuit schools saw an improvement. Core subjects English & Maths are now graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade, rather than A*-G, allowing a better differentiation between the highest performing pupils. The...
The Jesuit Institute provides inspiration, resources and training for the eleven Jesuit schools in Britain, to enable them to work together to promote and live out the vision and spirit of St Ignatius Loyola:  “improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good.”When our schools were first established, Catholics found it hard to find a faith education for their children.  Fifty years ago a majority of British Jesuits would have been...
Neil Carmichael MP  Credit: schoolsweek.co.uk
The chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael MP, confirmed his support for faith-based education at a fringe event organised by the Catholic Education Service (CES) in conjunction with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) at Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday.Mr Carmichael commented on the important role Church schools play in providing parental choice in education and said: “Church schools play a big and important role in our wide range of schools.”The...
Runners Feet
The head of the sixth form at Wimbledon College, Dominic Boyse, admits that he is not a born runner, however he is currently in training and this Sunday 27 September plans to overcome his natural antipathy to running and take part in his second Ealing Half Marathon - for the uninitiated that’s 13 miles 192 yards – and two half marathons make one full one!Dominic will be running with his eldest son, Ollie, and he is raising much needed funds for the Faith in Action Homeless Project in Merton and...
The Jesuit Pupil Profile
Designed by the Jesuit Institute and launched in all Jesuit schools in the UK in autumn 2013, the Jesuit Pupil Profile has three distinct aims:to produce a statement of the qualities which pupils in Jesuit schools should seek to develop.to produce a profile that describes the whole process of a Jesuit education at each stage.to create a usable and identifiable image which complements the formal statement:   this is in the form of a WORD TREE made up of eight pairs of VIRTUES that sum...
Stonyhurst pupils receive A level results
Students at four Jesuit secondary schools achieved excellent results in this year’s ‘A’ level examinations.Candidates at Stonyhurst recorded the best ‘A’ level results ever seen at the college with many students heading off to top UK universities. IB diplomas are also offered and Stonyhurst students scored an overall average of 32 points which is well above the world average of 30 points.Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “My colleagues and I are delighted for our students. Achieving such...
Donhead Lodge is Wimbledon College’s main feeder preparatory school, established in 1933. Over the past 80 years, the school has been enlarged and expanded quite considerably. The most notable developments in recent years occurred in 1993 when the Diamond Jubilee Building was opened; in 1997 when Donhead Lodge’s sports ground was purchased; in 2006 when the St Ignatius building development provided a new Changing Room, Multi-Purpose Hall, Art Room, Music Room and ICT Suite; and in 2010,...
Mount St Mary’s junior school is Barlborough Hall, situated in Barlborough Park, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The school was established in 1939, as the Preparatory School to Mount St. Mary’s Collegeand its on-site facilities include a swimming pool, dance studio, theatre, art and design rooms and specialist classrooms as well as a self-contained Nursery and early year’s department. While the curriculum is academically challenging, Balborough Hall also recognises the importance of all areas of a...

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