Bishop’s Stortford College


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 656 (Boys) 526 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1868

General Information

One of the leading independent co-educational schools in the country, Bishop’s Stortford College is a wonderful place of learning. It is large enough to offer an exceptional range of opportunities, yet small enough for individuals to feel known and valued.  We aim to develop well-rounded, adaptable young people who are confident, self-assured, and who have a sense of responsibility and care towards others.


130 acres with extensive playing fields, 2 Astroturf pitches, comprehensive ICT renewal programme, state-of-the-art swimming pool, Music Centre, dedicated theatre, art centre, Sixth Form social centre, purpose built Pre-Prep School, wide range of extra-curricular activities including Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Flexi, weekly and full boarding are available.

Entrance Requirements

Pre – Prep: Informal assessment. Prep School: Entry tests and school report/reference. Senior School and Sixth Form: Entrance exams, school report/reference and interview.


10+/Year 6 entry: Academic, Music. 11+/Year 7 entry: Academic, Music, Art and Sport. 13+/Year 9 & Sixth Form entry: Academic, Music, Art, Sport.

Open Days

2018. Pre-Prep: Sat. 21st April, 9.30am – 12 noon. Whole College: Sat. 22nd September, 9.30am – 1pm. Sixth Form: Sat. 13th October,10.15am arrival. Prep School (Years 3 to 7): Sat. 10th November, 9.45am arrival.


2017/2018. Day: £2,915 - £6,362 per term. Full Boarding (from Year 3): £6,742 - £9,708 per term. Weekly Boarding: £6,670 - £9,613 per term. Overseas Boarders: £7,044 – £10,091 per term. Flexi Boarding available.


Senior, Pre-Prep and Prep ISI Inspection 2017
ISI Boarding Inspection 2013

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J Gladwin

Contact for enquiries: Senior School Admissions: Marie-Louise Gough. Prep School Admissions: Fiona Brett. Pre-Prep Admissions: Sally McGuiness.

Bishop’s Stortford College
10 Maze Green Road
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2PJ

[t]: 01279 838575
[f]: 01279 836570

Location Description

Semi-rural - edge of a country town.

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School News

Bishop's Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award Winner

Bishop’s Stortford College is pleased to announce the winner of the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award.

Following the voting in which 16 local schools took

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part, we are pleased to announce the results of the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award as follows,

3rd place, Dogger (the 40th anniversary edition) by Shirley Hughes.

2nd place, Kevin by Rob Biddulph.

And the winner, voted favourite by 12 schools, Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges and Al Murphy.

This is a second win for this partnership. Their previous book Kitchen Disco also won the Picture Book Award two years ago. Many congratulations.

Martin Brown, illustrator of Horrible Histories announced our winner after an hour in the company of the shortlisted authors and illustrators who introduced a cast of pigs, wolves, grannies, cats, frogs and a rather dim dog. The audience learned to draw Kevin, an imaginary friend and boogied on down to the Bathroom Boogie. Everyone had a whale of a time and are eagerly anticipating the 10th anniversary event.

Sixteen local schools in Hertfordshire and Essex took part and over three and a half thousand votes were cast. Any other local schools who wish to take part next year are invited to get in touch.

Maggie Garrett, Senior School Librarian said, “It was lovely to meet local primary schools involved for the first time this year as well as the stalwarts who have been with us since day one. This event just keeps on growing, and the picture book choice just gets better and better too. We have some of the best illustrators and writers in the country coming to this event and it was great to see three previous winners returning.”

Photo: Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award Winner

Bishop Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Bishop Stortford College U13 Boys Are Hertfordshire County Champions

Bishop’s Stortford College U13 Boys’ Hockey team are county champions.

The Bishop’s Stortford College U13 Boys’ Hockey team are celebrating another triumph at the Hertfordshire County

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Championships held at Oaklands College on Monday 29th January. The College boys won all six of their matches and will now represent Hertfordshire at the East Finals at Bedford Hockey Club in March.

To take the Championships, the College team played Haberdashers’ Aske’s (5-3), Aldenham (3-0), Watford (6-0), St Albans (6-1), Hitchin (8-0). Their final match, against Merchant Taylor’s, was critical as both teams had won all their previous matches. Playing their best hockey of the day, against a strong team, the boys recorded a 2-1 victory to clinch the Championship.

Nick Prowse, Head of Prep School Hockey, said, “I am very proud of how much the boys have achieved and how far they have come.  They played incredibly well against strong teams, scoring 30 goals during the course of the tournament.”

The success of the U13 Boys’ Hockey team comes hot on the heels of the College’ U16 team who came 3rd in the National Indoor Hockey Finals earlier this month and also won their age group equivalent Hertfordshire Championship on 26th January.

Bishop Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Bishop’s Stortford College Pupil Nets Pathway to Glory

Bishop’s Stortford College pupil, Alex Povey, is on the pathway to success as a member of the London Pulse U17 Development Netball Squad.

Back in November

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2017 Bishop’s Stortford College pupil, Alex Povey, was selected to join the London Pulse U17 Development Netball Squad after being put forward for a trial at the West Hub in Kensington by her Harlow based, Crosskeys Club.

London Pulse Netball is part of a number of Vitality Netball Super Leagues that are spread throughout the UK. Netball at this level is part of the player pathway towards representing England.

After a rigorous try-out where Alex had to demonstrate not only her strength and agility, but also an extensive knowledge of netball, she was 1 of just 20 talented players selected for a place in the team who age from 14 to 17.

Since then Alex has been making a weekly journey to Kensington, after school, for intense training sessions with London Pulse’s top coaches. As the netball season continues, Alex will play against other Pulse Hubs and eventually trial for the London Pulse Elite U17/U19 squads.

Melanie Boulton, Hertfordshire County Coach and Talent Scout for England Netball said, “Alex has achieved so much in such a short time. As an U15 she is one of the youngest members of her academy. We wish her further success in her quest to join the U17/U19 Elite squads and hope to see her selected to attend the England Roses Academy in the future.”

Netball is one of the five core girls’ sports at Bishop’s Stortford College.  Alex is also supported by the College’s Elite Sports Programme.

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Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Boys’ Indoor Hockey Team are the third best in the country.

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Boys’ Indoor Hockey team secured joint third

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place following the U16 Indoor National Finals at Whitgift School on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th January.   This is the third time in three years the team have reached the National Finals.

In the group stage the College played four highly competitive matches; the South regional runners-up, Lingfield School (1-1); Midlands regional winners, Repton School (1-4); West regional winners Millfield School (4-1) and North regional runners-up, Egglescliffe School (4-3) which put them through to the semi-finals.

The College boys next faced their hardest challenge, playing the tournament favourites – and eventual winners – Whitgift School, who had not conceded a single goal throughout the competition.  The team played well and after 7 minutes the result was still 0-0, but eventually they were outplayed by Whitgift, who deservedly won 4-0.  Whitgift were overall winners of the tournament, with Dean Close in second place and Bishop’s Stortford College and Repton School in joint third.

Graham Brooks, U16 Indoor Hockey Coach said, “The boys should be proud of their achievements, coming joint third in the country in a challenging competition. They held their own against very strong sides containing national and regional players, and it was a pleasure to see how all the hard work they have put in since the summer really paid off.  We now look forward to the rest of the hockey season, including the Outdoor Nationals”.

This tournament follows the East Regional Finals on 7th January, where the U16 College team were runners up. In December, the team also played a number of matches against high level German sides on their tour to Hamburg. This is the second time the team have been ranked third nationally in a national finals competition, reaching the same position in the 2014 Outdoor National Hockey Finals.

Photo: U16 Boy’s Indoor National Team with Coach Graham Brooks

Bishop's Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Olympian and Pupil helps to raise funds for primary school devastated in Hurricane Irma

Bishop’s Stortford College students pledge to raise money for Joyce Samuel Primary School in the British Virgin Islands which was devastated by Hurricane Irma on

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6th September.

On 6th September 2017, the Joyce Samuel Primary School in the British Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The school, normally home to around 120 pupils from 4 – 11 years of age lost its roof, many windows, desks, chairs and most of their teaching supplies.

Olympian Elinah Phillip who now attends Bishop’s Stortford College, began her education at Joyce Samuel Primary and together with the members of Benson House and the boys in Sutton House, has pledged to raise over £1,000 in their joint Charity Week to replace these much needed supplies.

The College has a long tradition of Charity Week but this is the first time two houses have teamed up.  The Houses are holding Christmas card design competitions with the winning designs being printed and sold to raise money, cake sales and more. They plan to bulk buy writing and drawing materials, books and other vital teaching resources. The College libraries will also be donating books, all of which will be shipped over to the school so they can continue to teach.

Elinah said, “I was really upset when I heard the news and wanted to do something to help. We are all going through our own book shelves and will be sending old story books and anything else we think might help. I really enjoyed my time at Joyce Samuel Primary and would like to see the school restored.”

Funds may also be donated to this cause via the College Bursary with the reference Charity Week.

Bishop’s Stortford College for the second year running has been named as one of the top 100 schools for cricket by The Cricketer magazine. Launched

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in 2015, the A-Z guide to cricket’s top 100 schools, The Playing Fields of England, is available in the December issue of The Cricketer from 24th November.

Inclusion in this guide, for a second successive year, is an enormous accomplishment for the College which had to compete with 250 other school submissions, from both the independent and state sectors. All submissions were matched against an extensive set of criteria, with the schools chosen having outstanding cricket programmes.

Matt Drury, Head of Cricket at the College said, “We’re delighted that the College has once again been recognised as one of the top 100 schools for cricket by The Cricketer magazine; with a record number of schools submitting an entry this year, it makes our inclusion in the list all the more special. Cricketers at the College benefit from the use of our outstanding practice and playing facilities, which allow us to host Hertfordshire CCC matches in addition to our own school fixtures. Our dedicated coaching staff do their utmost to ensure that all cricketers learn to appreciate and enjoy the game, from the girls and boys in the Pre-Prep to our Elite cricketers in the Senior School given equal opportunity to realise their potential.”

As well as appearing in print in the world’s No.1 cricket magazine, the guide will be hosted at, and also be made available as a free digital download via The Cricketer app on 24th November.

Ninth annual Picture Book Award as part of the Festival of Literature held at Bishop’s Stortford College will see the return of some old favourites.


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will mark the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award as part of the annual Festival of Literature held at Bishop’s Stortford College. The now well established and highly respected, Picture Book Award offers local schools the opportunity to get involved by voting for their favourite picture book titles.

With this year’s titles already shortlisted, voting is now underway and will close on 8th December.  This year sees a record 18 schools taking part from across Hertfordshire and Essex.

As the excitement builds ahead of the Picture Book Award ceremony, presented by Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, on Wednesday 7th February 2018, ticket sales are already strong. Held at Bishop’s Stortford College, the shortlisted authors and illustrators, along with an audience of schools who have taken part in the voting, will find out which book has been voted the pupils’ favourite.

Maggie Garrett, Senior School Librarian and Archivist said “I’ve really enjoyed seeing the number of participating schools grow year on year. Each year we try to predict who might be the winner, but this year is definitely much more difficult as we have some old favourites returning.”

The nominees, which include several past winners, for the 2018 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award are;

Bathroom Boogie by Claire Foges and Al Murphy

Dogger (40th anniversary edition) by Shirley Hughes

His Royal Tinyness by Sally Lloyd-Jones and David Roberts

I Want to Go First! by Richard Byrne

Kevin by Rob Biddulph

Oi Cat! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Old Hat by Emily Gravett

The Great Gran Plan by Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton

Three Bishop’s Stortford College netball players have been selected to join top county and club teams.

Three Bishop’s Stortford College netball players have recently been selected

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to join prestigious county and club teams:

Ellie Lewis has been selected for the County Academy and will play in the Hertfordshire County 1st Team later this month.  County Academies are managed by County Netball Associations on behalf of England Netball, who are in charge of the training programmes.  The athletes gain the support and skill set they need to progress to the next level of the pathway, the Regional Academy.

Katie Whitehead, who also recently joined the U16 England Rounders squad, has been selected onto the Satellite One programme and will be representing East Hertfordshire.  The Satellite Academy is the first step on the England Pathway, managed and delivered by the East Hertfordshire Netball Association on behalf of England Netball.

Alex Povey has been selected to join the London Pulse U17 Development Squad.  London Pulse currently enter two teams, U19 & U17, in the National Netball Performance League, whose players are in the athlete pathway for progression to possibly become future NSL (Netball Super League) players.

Netball is one of the five core girls’ sports at Bishop’s Stortford College. All three girls are also supported by the College’s Elite Sports Programme. Head of Netball, Louisa Watson, said, “We are delighted that these three talented players have been selected at such high representative levels and into well respected teams. We look forward to following their progress”.

The eagerly awaited new boarding houses are now open at Bishop’s Stortford College.

The eagerly awaited new boarding houses are now open at Bishop’s Stortford College.


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House (which replaces the original school boarding facility, School House) is now home to 62 boys, 43 of whom are boarding.  Trotman House provides additional boarding provision for girls at the College and opened its doors for the first time on Monday 6th November.

Both Trotman and Rowe offer light and spacious accommodation for day pupils as well as for full, weekly and flexi boarders. Study areas are well equipped with desks, power and device sockets and communal areas enjoy space, comfort and a well-equipped kitchenette including the all-important toaster. Ground floor locker and boot rooms give ample changing and shower space and mean dirty sportswear and equipment is kept out of the common rooms.

Flexi and Fourth Former boarders in Rowe and Trotman Houses will enjoy the company of 3 others in quad rooms and Lower Fifth pupils will share twin rooms, all benefitting from en suite facilities. As full boarders progress into the Upper Fifth and Sixth Forms and their House and study responsibilities increase, they can expect to move into their own single rooms with private study areas, again with en suite facilities.

The College also opened a brand day house into which the members of Collett House have moved. Their old building, along with School House, will be redeveloped into additional classrooms, a new Senior School Staff Common Room and the administrative hub of the school.

Interested families are invited to book a private tour of the College with the Senior School Admissions Officer on

 tickets now available 

Bishop’s Stortford College will hold its ninth Festival of Literature from 2nd – 8th February 2018.  The week will feature an array of

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authors, wordsmiths and adventurers in a series of Schools Events.

Bishop’s Stortford College will hold its ninth Festival of Literature from 2nd – 8th February 2018.  The week will feature an array of authors, wordsmiths and adventurers in a series of Schools Events* where local schools are able to book seats for their pupils and Open Events which are open to the general public.

The Festival opens on Friday 2nd February 2018 with author and illustrator James Mayhew, who will be storytelling and painting live to music by the Bishop’s Stortford College Orchestra and choirs.

On Saturday 3rd February, fans of Just a Minute and Countdown can enjoy puns and stories by author, broadcaster and former politician Gyles Brandreth, while poetry lovers will relish meeting renowned poet and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Ian McMillan on Monday 5th February.

On Tuesday 6th February, world record-holding adventurer and bestselling author Sarah Outen will share her experiences of the high seas and architectural historian, BBC television presenter and fellow traveller Dan Cruickshank, will share his knowledge of some of the world’s best known buildings.

Local author Chris Whitaker, will hold an evening of suspense on Wednesday 7th February and Thursday 8th February will feature award-winning feminist writer and journalist Laura Bates in conversation with renowned employment lawyer and local author Hina Belitz.

The Festival of Literature Schools Events are open to local pupils from Years 1 to 8 and include an exciting range of authors and storytellers, from one of the UK’s biggest names in picture books, Jeanne Willis to award-winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike series Robin Stevens and poet and performer Joseph CoelhoHorrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown will present the much anticipated annual Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award and reveal the latest winner of this prestigious award.

Tickets for Open Events can be purchased through the College website,, which also includes full programme details.

Two Bishop’s Stortford College pupils have been selected to represent England in their respective sports.

Two Bishop’s Stortford College pupils have been selected to represent England

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in their respective sports: Sixth Form student and Captain of the 1st XV rugby team Cameron Boon has been selected for the U18 England Rugby squad and will start training with the team during half term, while Senior School pupil, Katie Whitehead, has gained a place in the England U16 Rounders squad.

This is not the first time Cameron has been called upon to represent England, having played in the England U17s against France earlier this year.  As a member of the Saracens Academy, while still only 17, Cameron has also played in U18 matches in the Saracens Academy League and represented Ireland in the Clubs and Schools U18s v Portugal.  Andre Beukes, Director of Rugby at Bishop’s Stortford College said, “We are very proud of Cameron, who is an important member of our unbeaten 1st XV.  We look forward to following him in future matches but we’ll miss him during our tour to Portugal this half term”.

At the England Rounders Festival held at Bishop’s Stortford College in May, Katie Whitehead was nominated as Player of the England Rounders Festival. This will have brought her to the attention of selectors as Katie was offered a place in the England U16 squad following trials on Sunday 15th October.  Kay Adkins, Head of Rounders at Bishop’s Stortford College, said, “This is an excellent achievement for Katie, and very impressive as she is an U15 player”.

The College wishes both Katie and Cameron the very best of luck.

Bishop’s Stortford College pupil and rising equestrian star, Pippa Duncan, gains experience at The Horse of the Year Show, the pinnacle of the showing calendar.


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pupil and rising equestrian star, Pippa Duncan, recently returned from The Horse of the Year Show, the pinnacle of the showing calendar with some sound experience under her belt.

The road to The Horse of the Year Show involves months of intensive training and preparation of both horse and rider. Pippa spends most of her holidays at the yard doing everything from mucking out to schooling and cleaning tack, often riding 4 or 5 ponies a day to ready them for the show ring. But participation at the top shows is not just a matter of entering, qualification must be earned.

Competing in Show Hunter Pony classes, Pippa has both to ride and show her ponies in-hand. Marks are given for the ‘Go-round’, the individual show where rider and horse are judged on their paces and how well they work together and then the strip where the animal is marked for their conformation and movement. Riding as part of a team, Pippa also has to help prepare and warm up the ponies she and her fellow team mates will ride. Pippa is a veteran of hundreds of show but says that HOYS and the Royal International Horse Show are her favourites, “The feeling of riding in the International Arena, the largest in the world, where the greats like Mark Todd and Nick Skelton have ridden, is just fantastic!”

Pippa’s outing to last weekend’s Horse of the Year Show resulted in a 10th place with her 14hh hunter Fred but sadly her 13hh hunter Beckham lost out on a place after being a bit cheeky in front of the judges. Pippa is aiming to qualifying again next year and doing even better. Fellow College pupils, Zara Clarke-Jones and Emelia Mitchell were also competing at HOYS.

The Bishop’s Stortford College 1st XV Rugby team are through to the fourth round of the NatWest National Vase competition.

The Bishop’s Stortford College 1st XV

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Rugby team are through to the fourth round of the NatWest National Vase competition following a 17-11 home win against The Leys on Saturday 7th October.  The team will play Langley School in the next round of the competition on Tuesday 7th November.

After a slow start with intense defence from the College, the team gained increasing control and possession, holding the ball close and playing a very tactile game.  Following a recent training session ex-England International Pat Sanderson, the team were able to demonstrate their newly improved skills in the ruck.

Head of Rugby, Andre Beukes, said, “Possession in rugby is always key but the College have shown that, even with the slightest chance to break the line, they could do it.  There were some impressive performances from the boys. Langley School will be fielding a strong team and we look forward to the challenges we will face.”

Bishop’s Stortford College Rugby squad will be touring Portugal over half term, where they will play a number of matches and enjoy a coaching session by Pedro Leal, the Portugal Sevens Team Captain and HSBC World Series 6th best try scorer.   They are sure to learn some valuable lessons for use in future matches.

Bishop’s Stortford College’s top girls’ hockey players spent the day at Bisham Abbey National Training Centre in Berkshire with members of Great Britain’s Men’s Hockey

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On Thursday 28th September Bishop’s Stortford College’s top girls’ hockey players spent the day at Bisham Abbey National Training Centre in Berkshire.

Training with Great Britain’s Men’s Hockey squad and learning from their international level coaches was fantastic preparation for the girls before they depart on a Hockey tour to Holland over half-term.

The girls picked up invaluable tactics during their training session;  College 1st XI goalkeeper, Lizzy, received one on one coaching from England and GB goalkeeper, Harry Gibson while the whole team picked up new skills from Barry Middleton, Captain, with 379 GB caps and FIH all-star legend who focussed on the importance of passing, communication and never giving up. Players Harry Martin and Adam Dixon demonstrated techniques used to eliminate defenders and to get a shot on goal early.  This highly useful session culminated in 3 v 3 games, where the girls had the opportunity to take on the international players.

Following the training session, the College girls watched the Women’s GB Olympic Gold Medal squad in training, learning from the players’ skill, speed and determination.

Head of Girls’ Hockey, Nicholas Prowse said, “All the girls loved their time with both GB squads, learning some very important skills and mind-sets to add to their game”.  Performance Hockey Coach, Kaye Goulding added, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our elite Girls’ Hockey team to train with the Men’s GB squad and excellent timing ahead of their Holland hockey tour”.

Bishop Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Hockey Coaching Goes Pro at Bishop Stortford College

Bishop’s Stortford College announce the arrival of Performance Hockey Coach, Kaye Goulding. who has played in the Premier League in both the UK and Australia,

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and Division One in the United States.

Bishop’s Stortford College are delighted to announce the arrival of Performance Hockey Coach, Kaye Goulding. Kaye has been a professional hockey player and coach for the last 8 years, based in the US and Australia. Kaye has played in the Premier League in the UK and Australia and in Division One in the United States for teams including Doncaster, Longwood and Fremantle and YMCC in Australia.

Her coaching credentials include Premier League Head Coach, Western Australia State Coach and USA Field Hockey Futures Elite. Most recently Kaye was part of the coaching team at The Reds Hockey Club in Australia as Women’s Head Coach and Head of Junior Coaching Development where they won Club of the Year (2016) and had 17 teams in the League Finals. In 2016 the Reds Women’s team, coached by Kaye, won the Premiership.

She brings with her a wealth of talent development experience from these roles and her Australian coaching academy CD22 High Performance which will be establishing a base in Bishop’s Stortford. Kaye was also recently appointed as the National League Head Coach for Chelmsford Hockey Club (one of the closest National League Women’s hockey clubs to Bishop’s Stortford). Chelmsford Women’s 1st team, compete in the England Hockey East Conference League.

Kaye has joined the College with a remit to build on the strong hockey foundations the College already has with a view to achieving national recognition. Kaye commented, “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work with such committed staff and pupils – it will really make a difference – as we take Hockey at the College to the next stage.”

Director of Sport, Lyndsay Shepherd said, “I am incredibly pleased and excited to have someone of Kaye’s calibre join our team. She has already made a hugely positive impact and I’m confident that she’s the ideal person to help us achieve our ambitions.”

Photo: Director of Sport Lyndsay Shepherd welcomes Kaye Goulding

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