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Bishop's Stortford College is an co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils from the age of four to eighteen, with a 130-acre (0.53 km2) campus located on the edge of the market town of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. As an "all-through" school it is a member of both the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. The school has more than 1100 pupils and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. The current head is Jeremy Gladwin.

Bishop's Stortford College
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10 Maze Green Road

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TypeIndependent Day & Boarding school
Local authorityHertfordshire
HeadmasterJeremy Gladwin
Age4 to 18
Houses10 (Senior)
4 (Junior)
Former pupilsOld Stortfordians



In 2006, a Science Action Centre was opened, housing over 40 interactive displays. The centre was a learning resource for pupils.

The Ferguson Building (opened 2007) was added to the school campus providing a lecture theatre, IT suite and Sixth Form Centre. The Ferguson Lectures were launched at the same time. These focus on contemporary issues and are open to the public. Ferguson lecturers have included Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Jason Cowley, Editor of the New Statesman, and Tom Holland, a writer and historian.

The latest major development project, which opened in Autumn 2013, saw the rebuilding and expansion of approximately one-third of the Prep School to provide enhanced and extended accommodation, including a new library. The Dawson building was officially named and opened on 20 September 2014 after John and Joy Dawson by David Defoe who was The Master of the Junior School (now known as the Prep School) from 1982-1999. Having joined the school in 1948, John Dawson was Headmaster of the Junior School (1971-1982). Joy joined the school as a nurse in 1949 and later married John. They were houseparents of Grimwade 1966—1971 until John became Headmaster.

On 29 September 2015, a fire broke out in Robert Pearce House and destroyed the 92-year-old building. All pupils were evacuated safely. Robert Pearce House reopened in January 2018.

In January 2016 the college donated no longer used secondhand text books to Edlumino, an organisation working to educate children in the refugee camps at Grande-Synthe and Calais.[2]

New boarding houses for sixth-former students were built and opened in 2018.

There are ten houses in total in the Senior School; Benson House (girls day), Alliot House (girls day), Trotman House (girls boarding), Young House (girls boarding), Tee House (girls day), Sutton House (boys day), Collett House (boys day), Hayward House (boys day), Rowe House (boys boarding), and Robert Pearce House (boys boarding).

The original school buildings are still in use. Accommodation for the Prep School, the Pre-Prep and extensions to the boarding facilities have been added. The Charles Edward Centre houses ICT, Physics and Design and Technology.

Notable Old StortfordiansEdit

Notable teachers have included:


  1. ^ "College Profile". Introduction. Bishop's Stortford College. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  2. ^ "The College donates books to Edlumino Education Aid". Bishop Stortford College. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  3. ^ Anon (2019). Wilkinson, Prof. Guy Roderick. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)

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