History of our School

St Dominic's Priory School is an independent Catholic School located in the town of Stone, Staffordshire.

Stone, itself, is an attractive, thriving market town with an expanding population of 16,500, halfway between Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. The school buildings are set within the pleasant grounds of St Dominic’s Convent, which was founded with the school in the 19th Century by Mother Margaret Hallahan. The school was originally known as ‘Blessed Imelda's Enpension School’.

The school was apparently found after Imelda, the niece of one of the sisters, refused to leave the convent and held on to the altar rails in the choir, until it was agreed that she could stay as a little boarder. It was her father, Jim Beech, who built the chapel of St. Anne’s (in the garden) for Ven. Fr.Dominic, and when he died he handed it over to Mother Margaret along with the field it stood, for her to build her dream Convent and School.

In 1854 Mother Margaret brought two pensioners from her convent at ‘The Foleys’ in Longton, to a cottage rented in Station Road. This was the nucleus of the Convent Boarding School! By 1857 pupil numbers had increased to eight, and on September 17th, 1863 the building of the school apartments were completed and the school was opened and placed under the patronage of Blessed Imelda.

The school still has a close relationship with the resident Dominican Community of Sisters; with St Mary’s Nursing Home and the Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Dominic. An active Catholic community which has a resident priest and deacon.

Within the grounds stands the small chapel of St Anne’s designed by Pugin. This school chapel was the centre of the Catholic mission started by Blessed Dominic Barberi in 1843 and continues to be a place of pilgrimage. Both the parish church and the chapel are used by the school for Mass and other services. The buildings have Grade II listed status and house various stained glass images, statues and gargoyles.

© 2014 St. Dominic's Priory School Stone 21 Station Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8EN
Telephone: 01785 814181

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