Celebrating 150 Years

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

We will 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. We will print a limited edition of just 800 copies, priced at £34.50. To reserve a copy, please click the link here. 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 £6.50.

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 commemorated Founders’ Day and celebrated our 150th anniversary with a Service of Thanksgiving in the Memorial Hall. Current families and Old Stortfordians were invited to mark this special occasion in the College’s history. After the service, refreshments and birthday cake were served in the marquee next to the Memorial Hall. 

Mem hall with marquee for om 18

Jeremy Gladwin speaking in Mem Hall on Founders Day Orchestra playing in Mem Hall on Founders Day

Founders Day Cupcakes in Marquee Founders Day in the Marquee

Founders Day Chairman of Governors speech Belinda Callow speaking on Founders Day

On Monday 24th September the whole College community came together for the annual Charity Day, which this year raised money for OneYMCA.  Pupils from all sections of the College took part in a huge flash mob dance to the iconic song YMCA by Village People, with Prep and Senior School pupils dancing on Middle Green and Pre-Prep pupils hosting their very own dance off.


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

An outline of some of our celebratory events is below.

September 2018

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


Whole College Celebration Day - a cross campus celebration of Founders' Day


October 2018




Time Capsule Event - planned by all three sections of the College, the contents of our Time Capsule will illustrate life at the College in 2018. The time capsule will be buried at 11 am on Masters Green and reopened in 2068.

A selection of trees will 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

From 1st

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