College Profile

As three schools in one, we are large enough to provide an exceptional range of opportunities, whilst each part is small enough for pupils to be known, valued and nurtured as an individual.

You can be confident that your child will benefit from the same ethos, values and high standards, at whatever stage they join us.

Pre-Prep School Prep School Senior School

  4-7 years

  129 pupils

   7-13 years

   531 pupils

   Day: 493

   Full/Weekly boarders: 18

   Flexi boarders: 20

   13-18 years

   620 pupils (238 in the Sixth Form)

   Day: 485

   Full/Weekly boarders: 95

   Part time boarders: 45


Day and Boarding Profile

 Grimwade boarders enjoy sunny sunday walk Grimwade Boarders at the Weekend

At Bishop’s Stortford College, there is a natural blend of day pupils, full boarders, weekly boarders and flexi-boarders (those who board a few nights a week). We aim to be as flexible as possible within our available capacity. Our starting point is what would work best for you, your child and your family.

Boys relaxing in rph common room Trotman house girls chatting in common room

Approximately 175 board: around 40 in the Prep School (most boarding from the age of 9 years) and 135 in the Senior School, including a number of international pupils. 

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.

Where our pupils live

Day pupils come from a relatively wide area, stretching towards Stevenage to the west and the coast to the east, Cambridge to the north and Epping to the south.

The majority of our UK boarders come from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London.

We typically have between 40-50 international boarders with us each year. The majority of these are in the Senior School. We have a number who join our Prep School, usually from the age of 10 or 11. In the past few years, students have joined us from many different countries, including China (mainland and Hong Kong), Italy, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and UAE.

Click here for more information about International Students at the College.

Year group structures




College Year Group

Equivalent Year Group

Pre-Prep School
(4-7 yrs)


Year 1
Year 2

Year 1
Year 2

Prep School
(7-13 yrs)


Lower Shell
Upper Shell
Form 1
Form 2
Lower Third
Upper Third

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8

Senior School
(13-18 yrs)


Fourth Form
Lower Fifth
Upper Fifth
Lower Sixth
Upper Sixth

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13