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 College facilities and for transformational bursaries for pupils in need of financial support.
Since its foundation, Bishop’s Stortford College has relied upon philanthropy; an integral part of the original vision for the school was to provide access to an excellent education irrespective of financial background. Unlike many independent schools, Bishop’s Stortford College does not benefit from an endowment. The donations and legacies received in the past have made the school what it is today and we continue this tradition, fundraising to benefit the Stortfordians of the future.
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 Archive houses past copies of the Stortfordian and College photographs and gives a wonderful view of the history of the College.
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