Alumni & Development

For News, Connections, Support and for Building Confidence in Life beyond the College

The Development Office consists of alumni relations and fundraising functions and was established in 2013 to work with the wider College Community. Through a diverse range of activities, we aim to maintain and extend relationships with Old Stortfordians, past and present parents and all friends of the College.   The Development Office is leading the drive to raise funds for the development of the College’s facilities and for bursaries for pupils in need of financial support.

Unlike some other independent schools, the College has no endowment, so cannot rely on a large investment portfolio to fund capital projects. Instead, successive generations of College pupils have been subsidised by buildings and bursaries that were paid for by legacy gifts and generous donors.  This is a pattern the College is keen to continue and with the establishment of the Development Office, we are now being much more strategic in our approach.  

The present Old Stortfordian Society was founded in 1880 as the Old Stortfordian Club. It remained funded by members’ subscriptions until 1972 when it was reconstituted as a Society with free membership for life. This vibrant Society now totals over 4000 members worldwide who have the shared experience of an education at the College. Rules of the Society are below.

The objective of the Old Stortfordian Society is to encourage and facilitate the continuation and development of friendships made whilst at Bishop’s Stortford College. Through these friendships we hope that the special family atmosphere, a strong feature of our school, is carried positively into the communities within which we live. At the same time we hope to nurture good will and support for the current College and its pupils.

The influence of Bishop’s Stortford College does not stop once a pupil completes their education here.  Our commitment extends far beyond the College and into the future lives and careers of all Old Stortfordians, providing opportunities to remain engaged with both the College and each other. The OS Society also helps both current and former students by putting them in contact with a varied and impressive network of OS from a wide range of career sectors.

On leaving the College, all pupils and staff become members of the OS Society and receive invitations to a wide range of social events, including professional networking events and reunions. OS also receive a copy of OS News, the Society’s bi-annual newsletter which contains information about events, activities, reports, news of alumni and other articles of interest.

The OS social media channels Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are also updated regularly.

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