Aims and Ethos

“…highly satisfied parents tell us the school not only finds something each child is good at but does so with aplomb.”  Good Schools Guide

Bishop’s Stortford College is a wonderful place of learning – a place where boys and girls have exceptional opportunities to become fulfilled, skilful and happy young men and women. Ensuring this process of all round growth - academically, morally, spiritually, athletically, and creatively -  is our aim.

Every pupil is encouraged, taught and challenged to fulfil his or her true potential, by being immersed in an environment of discovery and wholehearted participation. We strive to allow time and space for academic work to be balanced by sport, music, drama, and a diverse choice of other activities including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme in the Senior School, service to the community and opportunities for leadership.

We hope that an appreciation and a love of creativity will remain with them for the rest of their lives, and we make sure that each pupil has the chance to join in and try new experiences, whatever their abilities and interests.

Our aim is that our young people, as the result of an education here, should be able to contribute constructively to society and play a full role in it, whatever their chosen path.

Safeguarding Statement

Bishop’s Stortford College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. To this end, robust Safeguarding processes and procedures are in place to support families, pupils, staff and volunteers. In compliance with the sharing of information guidance/best practice, any concerns are passed to designated teachers, trained in Safeguarding.

As a member of the BSA we fully support their Commitment Care Charter published on 1st February 2016. A copy is available to download below.

Our Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms Jane Daly, Assistant Head (Pastoral).

"The ethos created reflects the placing of strong personal development and high achievement in fields academic, creative, sporting or musical at the heart of the College’s vision and practice." ISI Inspection Report

Promotion of British Values

Bishop's Stortford College recognises not only the importance of allowing pupils to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our pupils;  democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs as part of Building Confidence for Life.

Appetite for Learning

Confidence lies at the heart of successful learning.

Small classes, an emphasis on individual needs and teachers who will go that extra mile ensure that every pupil at Bishop’s Stortford College, from Pre-Prep School to Sixth Form, receives the time and attention needed to develop the confidence and desire to learn for life.

Your child will be surrounded by adults who love to learn, love to share their learning and strive for the very best in all they do. The enthusiasm and example of our teachers, in class and beyond, is inspiring and underpins the College’s vibrant atmosphere.


Pupils are avid and enthusiastic learners. They think critically and creatively, showing a spirit of enquiry and a thirst for knowledge.

ISI Report 2011 – Pre-Prep School & Junior School (now known as Prep School)

The quality of teaching is excellent, enabling the pupils to achieve high standards in their learning.

ISI Report 2011 – Senior School


Pupils have a real appetite for hard work and their efforts are rewarded…

Good Schools Guide

Breadth of Experience

Breadth of experience is woven into daily life at Bishop’s Stortford College. As a day pupil or boarder your child will be immersed in an environment of wholehearted participation and discovery.

There is time and space to pursue high academic standards whilst enjoying a wide involvement in sport, music, visual arts, drama and many other activities.

Horizons are widened beyond our campus by a wealth of trips and expeditions, either to enhance academic learning, to contribute, in the Senior School, to The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, or for sheer enjoyment and shared experience.

Sporting Excellence

We take great pride in our sporting heritage and a successful record and reputation, founded on the principles of excellence and enjoyment. Pupils at Bishop’s Stortford College benefit from expert coaching and outstanding facilities.

Our aim is to strike a balance between excelling at the highest level with our most talented pupils whilst ensuring that every pupil has the opportunity to benefit from good coaching and to succeed. Whilst striving for success, all pupils learn that fair play and good manners are just as important as winning.

To play sport well takes commitment, discipline and adaptability. To refuse to give up in the face of defeat takes determination and perseverance. At whichever level it is played, sport at the College aims to build true character, the benefits of which are taken into life well beyond school.

Please explore the various sections of the College for more detailed information about the various sporting opportunities at the College, and in particular, our Elite Sports Programme.

“With the encouragement of the coach, my talent was spotted and developed so I now play in the College A team and for the County.”  Louise

Being Together

In our family of three schools, each part has its own distinctive character, shares a common caring ethos and provides a wonderful continuity of education, without losing the excitement of moving to the next stage.

Children learn their attitudes, values and approach to life at least as much from observing those around them as from textbooks. We believe that cultivating a sense of belonging and spending time with good role models are essential ingredients to your child’s development as a person.

Given the diversity within the College, there is huge scope for bringing different people of different ages together to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.

Sixth Formers volunteer to give up an hour of their time each week to mentor and inspire our younger pupils in the Senior School. Senior School pupils helping in Pre-Prep School or taking over the reins of a Prep School history lesson to teach a shared curriculum topic, Prep School pupils mentoring their younger “French Buddies”, reading with Pre-Prep School pupils and musicians of all ages coming together for the annual Ensembles Concert are just a few examples.

Such encounters are inspirational and empowering for all concerned… the younger ones look up to and love the older ones’ attention; the older ones love the feeling of being able to share their knowledge and experience.

...pupils have a wonderful skill-set: a combination of confidence without arrogance, considered intelligence, an appetite for hard-work and play, and a seemingly refreshing openness.

Good Schools Guide

Within this environment, we aim to develop well-rounded, adaptable and interesting young people who are confident but not arrogant, self-assured but not complacent, and who have a sense of responsibility and care towards others.

Head of the Junior School (now known as Prep School)

One of the special things at the College is the relationship between staff and pupils. The teachers are really supportive and friendly. They always seem to find the time to help you.


Nurturing the Spirit

Since its foundation in 1868, Bishop’s Stortford College has had its roots in the Christian faith.

In this less certain age young people often have a less well defined faith or none at all. Encouraging all our pupils to address their core values, both ethical and spiritual, through dialogue and debate is an important part of our work, overseen by our College Chaplain.

A forward-looking attitude blended with the timeless values of integrity, loyalty, responsibility, courtesy and consideration nurtures a natural awareness and concern for the needs of others. A concern that is reflected through both small everyday gestures and large scale local and global projects; a concern that extends well beyond school life.

ISI Inspection 2011, Senior School

Spiritual awareness is outstanding. Pupils demonstrate a well-developed sense of identity in a safe and secure environment that allows them to be themselves.

Page Downloads Date  
BSA Commitment to Care Charter 01st Feb 2016 Download
Matters of Faith 01st Oct 2015 Download
Chaplaincy 01st Oct 2015 Download