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The Stonyhurst Foundation

Transforming Lives
Stonyhurst Foundation

Welcome Message

Stonyhurst aspires to be the UK’s leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for 3 – 18 year olds. The Stonyhurst Foundation is key to this ambition. The Stonyhurst Foundation is a charity focused exclusively on widening access to a Stonyhurst education.

The goal of the Stonyhurst Foundation is to remove the financial barriers to a Stonyhurst education for children who otherwise would not be able to benefit from it. The Stonyhurst Foundation aims to be the largest ring-fenced independent bursary and fee assistance charity of its kind in Catholic independent education in the UK.

The Stonyhurst Foundation received the Apostolic Blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis when it launched in 2020 and has been blessed with remarkable financial support from the Stonyhurst family, friends and supporters who share the vision of providing much needed bursary and fee support for young people. Stonyhurst continues to be a beacon of educational and spiritual excellence on both the national and international stage. Together, we can build on our past whilst looking to the future, confident that The Stonyhurst Foundation’s ambitious vision will enable future generations to develop as men and women of faith and social justice in the world.

The College is proud that around 30% of pupils are in receipt of some level of fee support or bursary assistance. We believe that a Stonyhurst education is a springboard to a life of purpose. The school seeks to inspire its pupils to go out into the world to make a difference, as ‘men and women for others’. Making Stonyhurst pupils the best they can be means making the Stonyhurst Foundation the most ambitious provider of bursaries and fee assistance in Catholic education in the UK.

Simply put, The Stonyhurst Foundation is Transforming Lives.

Our Ambition

The Stonyhurst Foundation aims to be the largest ring-fenced independent bursary and fee assistance charity
of its kind in Catholic independent education in the UK.

The Stonyhurst Foundation is unique: no other Catholic independent school has a comparable Foundation
dedicated to widening access for the public benefit.

We grant fee assistance on both a ‘means blind’ and a ‘means tested’ basis.

The Stonyhurst Foundation received overwhelming financial support prior to its launch.   Given the extent of early
successes, the Foundation is looking to the future, confident that its ambitious mission will be
welcomed by the wider community, ensuring that Stonyhurst continues to be a beacon of
educational excellence on both the national and international stage.

Our Team

John Cartwright-Terry
Foundation Director

John, an alumnus of Stonyhurst (OS 96), joined the Stonyhurst Foundation in August 2022 following a 20 year career serving as an Officer in the British Army.

During a diverse military career, primarily in logistics, he served operationally across the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq (and a somewhat less taxing tour of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus). In the UK, John held a variety of appointments and has extensive experience in training and personnel management, including roles leading Junior Soldiers at the Army Foundation College Harrogate and as Deputy Chief of Staff of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade.

John has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies as well as various strategic leadership and project management qualifications. He recently completed post graduate qualifications in Programme and Project management with Cranfield University.

John is married to Ella, and they have three children, of whom two currently attend Stonyhurst.

As Director of The Stonyhurst Foundation, John has responsibility for the formation and delivery of strategy and overall responsibility for successful delivery of all fundraising activities.

Cathie Butcher
Foundation Manager

Cathie Joined the Stonyhurst Foundation in August 2019 crossing the border from Yorkshire after a 19 year career with Ashville College in Harrogate.

Whilst at Ashville Cathie undertook a number of roles, most recently heading up the Admissions Department as Director of Admissions.

Cathie studied at The Royal Ballet School, Tring Park and the Ballet Rambert School and danced in London and the South East including performing at Sadler’s Wells Theatre before a change of career saw her join IBM in a sales and marketing role looking after clients such as British Airways, Virgin and Heathrow Airports Limited.

Cathie is married to James OS 84 and has two grown up children and is a Governor at Moorfield School in Ilkley.

Cathie manages the day-to-day operations of The Stonyhurst Foundation. She is the interface with the Foundation’s professional advisors and works closely with Stonyhurst on matters relating to bursary funding. Cathie is also the first point of contact for any queries regarding the smooth transfer of funds to the Foundation.

Ian Murphy
Head of Partnerships

Ian served as Headmaster of Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, from 2014 until summer 2022.

Ian now serves as Stonyhurst  Head of Partnerships.  Ian works closely with Stonyhurst Admission, developing relationships with feeder schools and other charitable organisations to further the Stonyhurst Foundation mission.

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall was Ian’s second Headship in independent boarding and day schools. Prior to joining Stonyhurst, Ian was Headmaster of All Hallows Preparatory School in Somerset for 10 years.

Ian is an alumnus of Wimbledon College, a Jesuit secondary school in London.

Ian obtained his BA (Hons) in Psychology and his PGCE from Durham University, where he was a member of Hatfield College. Earlier in his career Ian held teaching and leadership positions in both the maintained and independent sectors.

Ian’s wife, Rachel, teaches at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall and both of their children have attended Stonyhurst.

Suzanne Wheeler
Stonyhurst Director of Development

Suzanne joined Stonyhurst in 2019 as Development Manager for the school, exchanging the urban St Bede’s College, Manchester for the tranquility of the Ribble Valley.

An experienced fundraiser focusing on working to improve opportunities for children, Suzanne has worked at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, Bolton Lads and Girls Club and most recently at St Bede’s, where she established the St Bede’s Bursary Fund.

Suzanne graduated in English Language and Linguistics from Durham University in 1992 and has an M. Res from Salford University.

Suzanne is married with three children.

Whilst primarily fundraising for Stonyhurst College and St Mary’s Hall, Suzanne assists the Foundation with its mission, overseeing major gifts and working with donors to identify the ideal placement for their gift.


Making a Gift

Making a Single Gift

You can simply click here to make a gift securely online. Alternatively, we would be delighted to discuss how you could support The Stonyhurst Foundation.

Please contact

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


Making a Regular Gift - The 1593 Club

The 1593 Club

The 1593 Club seeks to involve the Stonyhurst community in the future of Stonyhurst in a tangible and meaningful way. The 1593 Club is The Stonyhurst Foundation’s regular giving club for OS, parents and friends of Stonyhurst. It is a way to bring together the generosity of the Stonyhurst community in a meaningful way to support our bursary charity’s work in transforming lives.

Join HERE.

Legacy Giving

Leaving a gift in your will is quick and easy to arrange. You simply need to let us know that you intend to leave a gift to the Stonyhurst Foundation and speak to your solicitor.

Legacy Brochure

Codicil Form

For further information on legacy giving, please contact

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


Overseas Giving - Europe

Supporters based in Germany and Spain can give tax efficiently through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE).

Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a partnership of leading European foundations and associations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. The TGE network allows donors, both corporations and individuals, resident in one of the participating countries, to financially support non-profit organisations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence.

With TGE, cross-border donations receive all applicable tax benefits in the country where you pay tax. Partner foundation; combined expertise in domestic tax laws secures the most effective tax treatment for your gift in both your own country and the recipients.

TGE carries out all administration relating to the tax deductibility of gifts. Depending on the country’s tax laws, TGE partners will fill in all relevant tax forms and deliver, whenever applicable, fiscal receipts testifying to the contribution made. A 5 per cent fee is taken on the donated amount for gifts up to €50,000. For higher gifts, 1 per cent of the amount in excess of the €50,000 is charged. The maximum fee is €6,500. These fees will help the TGE network find new partners to increase tax effective giving in all member states of the EU. To make a transnational gift to The Stonyhurst Foundation, please contact your nation foundation (details below). The donated amount is paid into the national foundation’s account only after approval of the gift by both partner foundations involved.


Maecenata Stiftung, Rungestraße 17, 10179 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 2838 7909
Email: tge@maecenata.eu
Website: maecenata.eu


Fundación Empresa y Sociedad, Padre Damián 2, 28036 Madrid, Spain

Tel: +34 676 270 816
Email: fabad@empresaysociedad.org
Website: empresaysociedad.org

If you require any assistance with regard to donating through TGE or wish to use this service from another European country please contact:

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


Overseas Giving - Hong Kong

The Stonyhurst Foundation is a member of the Chapel & York HK Foundation. Donors in Hong Kong can support The Stonyhurst Foundation through the Chapel & York fund and will be eligible for all legal and tax benefits of giving in Hong Kong. Chapel & York can accept donations from individuals, company sponsorship and grants from trusts and foundations.

You can make a donation easily online at www.hongkongfoundationforcharities.org/donate-to-hkfc stating that your donation is for The Stonyhurst Foundation.

If you have any queries or need assistance with your donation please contact the Executive Director of Chapel & York Hong Kong, Mr Ralph Leonard, on info@chapel-yorkhgfoundation.org or by telephone +852 9162 6063.
If you have any queries regarding giving from overseas please contact

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


Overseas Giving - USA

Tax-deductible contributions may be made via the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF) click here to visit the BSUF website where you can express your preference for the support of The Stonyhurst Foundation.

Alternatively, you may use the form below to make a contribution by check.

BSUF Donor Transmission Form

Donors’ expressions of their preference are respected by the BSUF, but all grants are made at its sole discretion, as required by the IRS. Contributions made directly to an offshore charity do not qualify for a tax deduction under the IRS code.

If you have any queries regarding giving through BSUF please contact

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


St Aloysius Bursary

In 2022, Rhetoric Playroom launched a visionary project for Stonyhurst to develop its own pupil-driven bursary fund, named the St Aloysius Bursary, named after Stonyhurst’s patron Saint.

If you would like to support the current Rhetoric Playroom or have any queries regarding the St Aloysius Bursary please contact

Mr John Cartwright-Terry

+44 (0) 1254 827027


A History of Giving to Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst’s history has been defined by philanthropy, indeed without the initial gift from King Philip II of Spain, subsequent support from the Weld and Eyre families and numerous important acts of generosity since, our school wouldn’t be the place we all know and love today.

In 1593 Fr Robert Persons (our founder) appealed for and secured a grant from King Philip II of Spain, worth 1,920 crowns a year, to fund a school for 16 boys in St Omers. Thus, the history of giving to Stonyhurst began.

Our Stories & Testimonials

I joined Stonyhurst College for my Poetry year in 2014, after being awarded an academic scholarship and a bursary.

I was thoroughly encouraged to throw myself into life at Stonyhurst and was rewarded for my participation: I enjoyed everything from cross country to choir, orchestra and debating; and cultivated lifelong friendships whilst full-boarding.

Without the unique and inspiring teaching I received at Stonyhurst, facilitated by the financial support of the bursary, I may not have had the confidence to apply to, and make the most of my time at, the University of Oxford.

Genevieve Thornton
(OS 16), Prize winning Oxford University Historian and Stonyhurst bursary and scholarship recipient

My incredible 7-year journey at Stonyhurst began at St Mary’s Hall in 2007, and it began with a bursary.  I was granted a place in a school that would shape not only my education but my entire person.  Stonyhurst is a meritocracy, where success in any field, be it academia, sport, drama, music or charity work is celebrated in a way that encourages its students to always want to do as much as we can.

A bursary is more than financial support.  It is an investment of faith in a child.  It taught me to greatly value my education, even from a young age, and it gave me everything.  This attitude, discovered at age 11, developed directly into the mentality of hard work and self-belief that was necessary for me to continue my studies at Cambridge, and to truly make the most of it.

Mary Flanagan
(OS 14)

I spent 11 of the happiest years of my life at Stonyhurst, starting at St Mary’s Hall in Prep, aged 7.  After attending Lancaster University for my undergraduate degree, I returned to the College to work in the Collections as Assistant Curator, whilst studying for a PhD.

I know I have been so privileged to grow up at Stonyhurst; a privilege which would have been impossible without a bursary.  I sincerely hope I will always be able fully to live up to those uniquely Ignatian and ’Stonyhurst’ characteristics the school has long aimed to instil in its pupils; to discern what I think, and be able to stand by it; to discern my talents, and to use them as much as I can for others; to discern who I am, and how best I might serve the world around me.  I am honoured to support a cause which will enable others like me to benefit from this special place and all that Stonyhurst has to offer.

Joe Reed
(OS 11)
Stonyhurst Foundation

Messages of Support

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