Being Together in the Senior School

Pastoral Care

"The pastoral care provided for the pupils is excellent. It plays a vital role in enabling pupils to attain outstanding levels of personal development by providing the supportive environment conducive to learning that lies at the heart of the College’s aims." ISI INSPECTION 2011

The House system is at the heart of our Pastoral care. The Housemaster or Housemistress is the main point of contact and provides care, support and guidance to each child.  Every pupil has a Tutor (in the first year this is their Housemaster/Housemistress) and is part of a House-based group of pupils of the same age who meet twice a week. The Tutor is concerned primarily with the academic life of his or her tutees.

"Relationships in the classrooms and in the boarding houses are relaxed, friendly and cooperative." ISI Inspection 2017

Senior School Houses

The Senior School has nine Houses. Each Day House is in the care of a Housemaster/Housemistress and each Boarding House is under the care of a married couple, who are the Houseparents, and another resident member of staff.  Apart from School House, originally the only school building, the Houses are named after prominent characters in the history of the College.

In the Senior School, the College Houses are a central part of life for all pupils. The strong sense of belonging and the level of care between pupils across the year groups, and between pupils and staff, make Bishop’s Stortford College a very special place.

The House is a focal point of a pupil’s time; it is where they keep all their belongings and spend most of their free time, where they will have their own space to relax or work, and is the basis of many fiercely fought competitions!  The close-knit community, underpinned by the Houses, ensures that no pupil can slip through the support net – there is always someone who can listen and provide guidance to any issues that might arise, no matter how small.

Day Houses

Girls: Benson House, Alliott House and Tee House

Benson House Wall Plaque Alliott House plaque2 Tee house plaque

Boys:  Sutton House, Hayward House and Collett House

Sutton House Wall Plaque Hayward house plaque Collett House Plaque

Please click on one of the House images above to find out more about the individual House.

Boarding Houses

Girls: Young House (and from Autumn 2017: Trotman House)

Young House with new walkway Trotman House 20 Dec 16

Boys: Robert Pearce House and School House

Robert Pearce House Teddy School house plaque

Please click on an image above to find out more about each House.

Inter-House Activities

Senior School House Rugby 2016 Senior School House Netball

Throughout the year, a whole host of competitions, events, games and activities between Houses take place and every pupil is encouraged to get involved as much as possible. There is something for everyone (sports, art, debating, chess, general knowledge, music etc) and they allow pupils to become more involved in their House community, develop their skills, forge new friendships and have fun.

House Music 2016 House Music 2016