Facilities and Resources
Our facilities and resources for learning and living are superb. An innovative Science Action Centre (perhaps the only one of its kind based in a UK school), pioneering use of Geographical Information System technology, numerous and high quality musical concerts and drama productions and extensive sports facilities are just a few examples of how we strive for the very best in all we do.
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Mainframes to PCs to laptops to tablets and smart phones to smart glasses and wristwatches: how we access and communicate information through technology is changing at an exciting rate.
The challenge for every school is to keep abreast, pre-empt where possible and harness developments in technologies, without limiting pupils and staff to particular devices and interfaces which then become quickly superseded by the next innovation.
Anticipating this accelerated rate of progress, Bishop’s Stortford College was one of the first schools in the country to install a wireless infrastructure. Providing access to the internet has enabled us to enhance our teaching and learning by encouraging the use of the ever increasing array of personal mobile devices used at the College for work, recreation and communication.
ICT Resources Overview
- A stable, reliable College-wide network with broadband internet connection, supporting 420 computers and with appropriate e-safety systems applied.
- Seven IT labs: four in the Senior School, two in the Prep School and one in the Pre-Prep.
- Additional smaller suites of PCs are located across the campus in areas such as the libraries.
- The majority of classrooms have interactive whiteboards or projectors.
- A wireless network supporting mobile devices: all Senior School pupils who choose to work with laptops or other mobile devices have access to a wireless infrastructure which extends into the Houses. The wireless network maximises the functionality of personal devices by providing internet access (including access to College portals) and printing resources.
We have a comprehensive renewal programme to ensure that we provide the latest equipment and a development process, which ensures that ICT resources are provided wherever they can assist in the teaching and learning process.
The Memorial Hall, our most distinctive building, was designed in Georgian Colonial style by architect Clough Williams-Ellis (creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales).
The Memorial Hall was erected in 1922 to commemorate the 62 pupils who had lost their lives in the First World War. A second Roll of Honour was added in 1949, inscribed with the names of a further 154 former pupils who lost their lives in World War II.
Today, it is used on a daily basis for assemblies, concerts and special events.
The pictures below are of the Memorial Hall Doors; the first was taken in 1922 at the opening ceremony for the Memorial Hall. The man at the left of the doors was Clough Williams-Ellis (the architect). In the centre is Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, Prof of English Literature at Cambridge, who edited the Oxford Book of English Verse, as well as being a prolific writer. The man with top hat in hand, Sir A T Davies, who was chairman of the Memorial Hall fund raising committee. During the summer break 2012, a local craftsman repaired the doors; many of the palm leaves on the side doors had snapped off and Ernest Knight's name was indecipherable. The picture on the right shows the doors as they are now in all their glory.
The Ferguson Building is one of the many complex building projects undertaken in recent years in order to improve the facilities available to the staff, students and the wider community of Bishop’s Stortford.
Built on the site of the former Indoor Swimming Pool, this project would not have been possible without the substantial gift made from the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, which was set up in memory of Professor John Ferguson’s parents. We hope that John Ferguson would approve not only of the building that bears his name, but also the manner in which it is being used to further educate, instruct and stimulate the students of the College and people from his home town through the Ferguson Lectures.
The Ferguson Building houses a large lecture theatre, one of the Senior School ICT labs and the Sixth Form Social Centre. The Ferguson Lecture Theatre is available for use by local community groups. For details, please visit Hiring College facilities.
About Professor John Ferguson
John Ferguson [1921-1989] was educated at Bishop's Stortford College and his enormous energy for life was very much in evidence during his time as a pupil (1929-1939).
Much of John Ferguson’s adult life was dedicated to education and the promotion of international peace, friendship and understanding. To commemorate his long association with academic institutions, The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies was opened at the Open University, and the John Ferguson Chair was endowed at the University of Bradford in the Department of Peace Studies. John Ferguson also chaired the enquiry in the 1980s into the controversial sinking of the Argentine warship, the General Belgrano.
Bishop’s Stortford College has outstanding sports facilities to support a wide range of sports and games, including:
- Extensive and well-maintained playing fields
- A well-equipped sports hall and state of the art fitness centre
- Indoor swimming pool, which includes a large spectator gallery and learner pool
- All-weather surface courts for netball and tennis
- Two floodlit astro pitches for hockey and tennis
- A floodlit netball court