Celebrating 150 Years - Bishop's Stortford College

Celebrating 150 Years

Sunday 23rd September 2018 marks Founder's Day; during the academic year 2018/19 we will be celebrating 150 years of Bishop's Stortford College.

1860SHMuch has changed since 1868 but we still use the original school building School House, which is currently undergoing a transformation into our new administrative hub, additional classroom facilities and Senior School Staff Common Room. Today, we enjoy outstanding facilities across our 130 acre campus, some of the best boarding accommodation in the region and are consistently placed in the top 20 co-educational independent day and boarding schools in the UK. What hasn't changed is our desire to share with our immediate College community and more broadly with the community of Bishop's Stortford and surrounds.

During our sesquicentennial we will be holding a number of events for pupils, staff, parents, Old Stortfordians, Governors and the wider community.  We aim to share our wonderful facilities, celebrate our achievements, develop further our relationships with our fellow member schools of the Bishop's Stortford Educational Trust and share our celebrations with the community at large.

On Sunday 23rd September 2018 we will be commemorating Founders’ Day and celebrating our 150th anniversary with a Service of Thanksgiving. This ticketed event will take place at 3pm in Memorial Hall and is open to current families and Old Stortfordians who would like to join us as we mark this special occasion in the College’s history. After the service, refreshments and birthday cake will be served in the marquee next to the Memorial Hall. If you would like to join us as we celebrate the College’s birthday and kick off a year of special events marking our 150th anniversary, please order your tickets here.

We will also be publishing a new History of Bishop's Stortford College. This 196 page hard backed book will be available from February 2019, with the official launch taking place at our Festival of Literature when copies will be available to collect. The print run will be limited to just 800 copies - if you wish to secure yours, for £34.50 (price to be confirmed when it goes to print) please click the link here to reserve one. A taster of the content is below. Please note, if you wish the book to be mailed to you, there will be an additional charge of £5.50.

Pupils, staff and Old Stortfordians are now able to purchase commemorative pin badges (£8)  and our special edition ties (£13)  from the School Shop.

Tie Badge 1

Tie and pin badge to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the College

Whilst not strictly in the celebration year we wanted current Sixth Formers, due to leave in July 2018, to have the opportunity to mark their time at the College during our first 150 years.

An outline of some of the celebratory events we can look forward to is below. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the College to share in our celebrations.

Jeremy Gladwin, BSc., MEd.
College Headmaster

September 2018

19th Whole College Photograph including all pupils and staff
23rd 150th Service of Thanksgiving in Memorial Hall to commemorate Founders' Day and to celebrate our 150th Anniversary.


Whole College Celebration Day

We look forward to celebrating our 150th on the closest school day to Founder's Day. We hope to have a special visitor who will share with us an outstanding day of interactive sporty fun. We aim to give an insight into our strengths, our facilities and include fellow BSET schools in the day.


October 2018





Time Capsule Event

All three sections of the College are planning the contents of a time capsule, the contents of which will illustrate life at the College in 2018 when it is reopened in 2068. The time capsule will be buried at 11 am on Masters Green.

A selection of trees will also be planted across the campus to mark our 150th.

15th tbc

VIP Visit/Whole College Celebration Day

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire will visit and we aim to give an insight into our strengths, our facilities and include fellow BSET schools in the day. The full programme will be published shortly.


November 2018


Remembrance Services in the Memorial Hall 

With special emphasis on the ending of WW1 and the loss of so many lives, including those from the College community, we will reflect on this conflict and others since with services for all sections of the College.


Remembrance Day Service and Civic Lunch

Supporting our local branch of the Royal British Legion we will lay a special wreath at the town War Memorial on behalf of the College community. At noon we will host a lunch in the Memorial Hall attended by the Headmaster, Prefects and leaders of the local community.

27th, 28th, 29th

Celebration Musical

Senior School dramatists will perform a specially commissioned musical to celebrate the College's educational values and progress through the last 150 years.


February 2019


Visual Arts Exhibition

Running alongside our 10th Festival of Literature, we will host a celebration of visual creativity by staging an exhibition of some of the finest work from recent years from all sections of the College.


1st - 9th

10th Festival of Literature 

Our annual, week long celebration of the written and spoken word is sure to thrill and excite. Speakers from across the literary spectrum will delight and enthrall and the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award will be presented

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Commemorative "A History of Bishop's Stortford College" Book Launch

During Festival Week we will launch our 150th Anniversary History of Bishop's Stortford College, written by local author, Gill Mullins and compiled by a team from the College, this hard backed edition will mark this wonderful occasion with a wide selection of photographs from the College Archives.


Ferguson Lecture with historian Tom Holland

Open to the public, this free lecture will discuss How Did We Arrive Where We Are? A Brief Analysis of the Last 150 Years. To find out more and to book your free ticket please click here.



March 2019


Ferguson Lecture with Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party

Jonathan Bartley will discuss How Sustainable Ways of Life Will Change the Way We Live. To book your free ticket and for more information on the Ferguson Lecture Series, please click here.

13 Ferguson Lecture with Brendan Simms, History Professor, University of Cambridge
  Brendan Simms will explore the issue of The UK post Brexit. To book your free ticket and for more information on the Ferguson Lecture Series, please click here.
20 Ferguson Lecture with Sam Wells, Church of England Priest
  To book your free ticket to hear Sam Wells on the topic of What Will Influence our Moral Compass in a Secular Age? and to find out more about the Ferguson Lecture Series please click here.


Grand Music Concert, London

Talented musicians from the across the College campus will be performing at a London venue to celebrate 150 years of musical excellence at the College. More details will be published as soon as they are available.


April 2019

24 Professor Tim Sherwood, University of Cambridge
  Tim Spectre will be discussing Food Security in an Age of Declining Resources and Rising Populations.  To book your free seat and to find out more about the Ferguson Lecture series please click here.



May 2019

TBC Simon Horobin, Professor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford
  Simon Horobin will discuss the Future of English: Once a Powerful Tool in Communications, Diplomacy and Politics. To book your free ticket and to find out  more about the Ferguson Lecture series, please click here.


June 2019

10th - 21st

Drama Ties Fortnight 

A series of special performances by the Pre-Prep and Prep School linked by a common theme and depicting life at the College over the years and possibly the future too.


Local Primary School taster sessions and College Mini Olympics

Hosted by the Prep School we will be inviting other local schools to come and join some sporting fun.


Final Celebration Day for all pupils and staff

As a grand finale for our year of celebrations we will be holding a spectacular day of fun and games on campus.


Lashings All Stars England Cricket vs College XI (pupils, staff and OS)

College and OS cricketers will face a team from Lashings All Stars England Cricket for a match to be held during the OS President's Day. More details will follow. Can the College hold their own in the face of such prestigious competition?

30th The Old Stortfordians President's Day