Bishop’s Stortford College

Hertfordshire

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 640 (Boys) 536 (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.

Facilities

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. Part-time, weekly and full boarding are available.

Entrance Requirements

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

Scholarships

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

2019. Prep School: Sat. 9th November, 9.45am arrival.

Fees

2019/2020. Day: £3,136 - £6,844 per term. Full Boarding (from Year 3): £7,532 - £11,079 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7,453 - £10,639 per term. Overseas Boarding: £7,870 - £11,310 per term. Part-time boarding available.

Reports

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: Mrs Christine Stanley

Prep School Admissions: Mrs Fiona Brett

Pre-Prep Admissions: Mrs Sally McGuiness

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

[t]: 01279 838575
[f]: 01279 836570
[w]: www.bishopsstortfordcollege.org

Location Description

Semi-rural - edge of a country town.

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Bishop’s Stortford College Celebrates best ever GCSE results with 75% of results graded 9-7*.

115 Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Fifth (Year 11) pupils and their teaching

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staff are once again celebrating as 75% of all examinations have been graded 9-7 (or A*-A using the old system) making these the best results ever achieved*. Of the 1100+ examinations sat, 337 of them were awarded the top grade of 9; 625 being graded 9 or 8.

38 pupils have been awarded the College’s coveted Ten Club tie for achieving 10 or more grades at 9 -7 with a total of 238 grade 9s between them.

Of the 5 sets of twins in the cohort, Freddie and Hattie C, Charlie and Tom M, Charlotte and Elizabeth T, Lewys and Owain W and Annie and Penny Z have a stunning 32 grade 9s between them.

Top performers were Elizabeth G (12 9s), Penny Z (11 9s), Holly H and Sachi P (10 9s each), and Freddie C, Isabel G, Clara H, Lauren H, Caspar S, Lana V and Adam W-B who all achieved at least 9 grade 9 examinations.

College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin commented, “Wow, what a spectacular set of results! I am so proud of this year group and of their teachers who have worked tirelessly to help and support them throughout their GCSE courses. The College goes from strength to strength academically, whilst at the same time offering a rich and varied extra-curricular programme. Every single member of the year group has achieved 5 or more 9-4 (A*-C grades). I remain, as ever, incredibly proud of everyone at Bishop’s Stortford College.”

*England average 21.9% (Ofqual)

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In this, the first year of fully reformed A Level examinations, Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Sixth Formers are once again celebrating a 100% pass rate.

In

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this, the first year of fully reformed A Level examinations, Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Sixth Formers are once again celebrating a 100% pass rate. 74 of the 120 strong year group have achieved grades of ABB or higher. Nearly half the results were graded A and above, far outperforming the national average of 25.5% (ITV/BBC).

Students Ruilin X, Luke E, Nena N, Wendy C, Ai K achieved the top results with 17 A* and 3 A grades between them. A quarter of the year group gained 3 A grades or more.

Of the 13 pupils who took the optional EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), 7 have achieved A* and 5 a grade A.

Analysis of the Value-Added data, the measure that seeks to identify the difference the school has made to pupils’ attainment, shows once again that teaching at the College has made a significant difference to the progress and outcomes of the pupils.

College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin said, “I am once again thrilled by the excellent performance of our students, more than half of whose grades were A*/A and who, year on year, with the assistance of our outstanding team of dedicated specialist teachers, produce fantastic results, which show strongly positive value-added. As a school, our aim is to develop potential and to exceed expectations and our students have, once again, realised this aspiration.

These results have been achieved in an extremely busy, successful school, where pupils enjoy a wealth of opportunities through a very wide extracurricular programme; this sets them up for university and for broader life after secondary education. I am really proud of our Upper Sixth who have worked so hard to make their dreams come true. Their places at many of the country’s top universities, will not only provide them with a fresh challenge, but will also ensure many more wonderful opportunities as they look to develop their life skills and prepare for their future careers.”

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Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School pupil, Elijah Upson, won the U12 100m National Preparatory Schools Athletics Championships, held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Having qualified at

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the East Regional Championships with a time of 14.14 seconds, Elijah went onto the National Finals, sailing through his heat with a time of 13.19 seconds. However, up against 7 other boys from competing prep schools, Elijah saved his best running until last and completed the final race in first place with a Personal Best of 13.14 seconds, earning him the title National 100m Champion for his age category.

Hannah Fordham, Head of Athletics, commented, “Elijah has always been a keen sportsman and he excels in all sports. He is incredibly hard working and determined and I am so proud of him for becoming the 100m National Champion. I look forward to seeing his continued success in the sport.”

The College would like to congratulate Elijah on this wonderful achievement.

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Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School Prefects hosted a special Service of Thanksgiving followed by an afternoon tea for 35 Isabel Hospice volunteers. 

Isabel Hospice, chosen by

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the Prep School Prefects as one of the beneficiaries of their 2018/19 fundraising, supports those who are suffering from life-limiting illnesses and their families. Their young persons’ group, Children and Teen Support (CATS), aims to provide support and care for children aged 5-16 who are facing impending loss or are already bereaved. The programme offers a range of activities which allow the young people to explore and express their feelings through a creative outlet

A Charity Day Assembly, at which many of the Prep School pupils came dressed in the theme of ‘Sunshine, Summer and Sunflowers’ started off the day of thanks and was shortly followed by a charity cake sale. In the afternoon, the College welcomed 35 hospice volunteers into the Memorial Hall for an unique service organised by the pupils. A performance from the Grimwade House Choir and several solo musical performances were followed by speeches from the Prefects, in which they gave their warm thanks and appreciation to the Isabel Hospice volunteers for everything they do. Towards the end of the service, the volunteers were asked to check under their seats and those lucky enough to find a winning ticket, were pleased to discover they had won one of several special prizes donated by Boots the Chemist.

The service was followed by an afternoon tea in the Ferguson Lecture Theatre, kindly sponsored by Tees Law. The Prep School Prefects enjoyed chatting to the volunteers, whilst serving cream teas to their guests. Every volunteer was then presented with a small goody bag with contents generously donated by Waitrose and Partners, Boots the Chemist and Evolve Organic Beauty. The volunteers also received a candle, chocolates and a handwritten poem on a scroll. Special messages of thanks, handwritten by the Prefects, covered the outsides of the bags to remind the volunteers how much their wonderful work is appreciated.

Jane Towns, Prep School Teacher and Prep School Prefects and Charities Coordinator commented, “It was a privilege to be working in partnership with our local community and to host such wonderful volunteers. The Prep School Prefects now have a greater understanding of what it means to ‘serve in the local community’.”

Bishop’s Stortford College would like to extend the Prep School’s thank you to all of the Isabel Hospice volunteers for the care and support they give and to the companies who generously supported the event.

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22 Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School pupils competed in the IAPS National Swimming Championship finals on Saturday 8th May at the London Aquatic Centre.

Having competed

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against almost 5,000 pupils from 285 schools in the regional rounds, the College pupils all placed within the top twenty in each individual and team relay event to qualify for the nationals.

Three girls’ teams and two boys’ teams swam the relay events with each team improving on their regional round qualifying times. In the freestyle relay the U11 girls’ finished 7th and the boys’ finished 15th, both U12 teams finished 10th and the girls’ U13 team finished 6th. In the Medley relay the boys’ U12 team finished 13th and the U13 girls’ finished 6th, as did the U12 girls, improving their original rankings by an impressive 5 places.

The individual events took place after the relays and once again every pupil who swam improved either their regional round time or ranking position. Standout performances were Brianna H-H who beat her regional 50m backstroke time by 3 seconds, finishing 4th in the finals, and Alice L who smashed her 50m breaststroke regional time by 4 seconds and finished in 2nd place in the U12 finals, earning her the silver medal.

These results come hot on the heels of the success of three Senior School pupils who have qualified for the British and English National Championships. Bryn C qualified for the British Summer Nationals in the 200m breaststroke event alongside qualifying for the English Nationals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. Alex C and Mehdi E-M have also both qualified for the English Nationals. Alex will compete in the 50m and 100m backstroke events, whilst Mehdi will swim in the 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley events.

The College would like to congratulate all of these swimmers on their fantastic achievements.

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Bishop’s Stortford College appoints new Head, Kathy Crewe-Read, who will join the College on 1st September 2020.

The Governors of Bishop’s Stortford College are delighted to

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announce the appointment of Kathy Crewe-Read as their next Head. Only the 10th Head to be appointed in the 150 year history of the College, Mrs Crewe-Read will be joining the College on 1st September 2020.

Following a rigorous selection process, Kathy was appointed from an exceptionally strong field of candidates and will succeed Jeremy Gladwin who announced his retirement from the post of College Headmaster, earlier this year.

After graduating in Pure Mathematics, Kathy has enjoyed a successful career in education. She has taught at a number of HMC schools and joins the College from Wolverhampton Grammar School, an award winning, co-educational day school, where she has been the Head since 2013. It was at Wolverhampton where she built and led her staff to excellence, earning the title of 2018 Senior Leadership Team of the Year, in the TES Independent Schools Awards – “The judges chose Wolverhampton Grammar School because it was clear that a closely knit team was addressing, with real care, many aspects of school life.” She is an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, Chair of the HMC West Group, governor at the Merchant Taylors’ Schools and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has been reported widely in the national media, representing the sector on a number of diverse issues including the role of digital technology in education and the public benefit of independent schools. Her interests include road cycling, hill walking and gardening.

Chair of Bishop’s Stortford College Governing Council, Guy Baker, said, “We were extremely impressed with Kathy’s ambition to deliver a strategy that would benefit the whole College and most importantly, each and every pupil. Based on her significant achievements at Wolverhampton Grammar School, we found her compelling as a candidate for the role of Head, inspiring great confidence in what most people will recognise as a key decision for the College. We are really delighted with the appointment and very much look forward to working with Kathy.”

Kathy commented, “I first visited this school some twenty years ago and it left a lasting impression with me. Bishop’s Stortford College is brilliantly placed to prepare our children to live well in their future world and I want to help as many families as possible realise that ambition by becoming part of this extraordinary community.”

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On Wednesday 8th May, at the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Summit held at London’s ExCel, a team of 5 pupils from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep

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School were awarded first prize in the AWS Get | IT competition.

Since the Autumn Term, the group of Upper Third (Year 8) pupils have been developing an app designed to solve a real-life problem in their school or local community. The project, part of the Get | IT competition in which 130 schools have taken part, was launched by AWS to fill the digital skills gap in the UK, improve communication and inspire young people, (particularly girls) to consider a career in technology.

Following a bootcamp at the London offices of AWS in December, the team returned to develop their ideas and their presentation, which was formally submitted to the competition at the end of March. Just a couple of weeks later, the team heard their idea was one of the final 10 to go through to the annual AWS Summit.

At the Summit, the teams were split into two groups of five, with each team presenting their ideas to their group panel. Each panel then selected one team to go through to the Grand Final. The day was both exciting, tense and challenging but the final test was the Grand Final for which the Prep School team was incredibly proud to have been selected.

Presenting in a 1200 seat theatre, whose occupants included the other school team finalists and members of the ‘tech community’, the team explained how their app, ‘Connect Hearo’ could help to solve the problems of up to 45,000 moderately to severely deaf school children in the UK through the use of speech to text technology. The Grand Final judging panel included top tech personnel from AWS, Cancer Research UK, the Ministry of Justice and Deloitte. The app will now be developed and marketed by AWS.

Wendy Sharman, Director of Studies in the Prep School commented, “This has been an interesting and exciting challenge for the children. They have had to identify a problem and think carefully about how they might solve it using technology. They have learned an incredible amount and we are particularly proud of their achievements. We look forward to seeing the app available to those who will benefit.”

Photo: The 5 Prep School pupils on stage with their trophy

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24 Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School swimmers have made the IAPS National Finals.

After an agonising 6 week wait, the finalists for the Independent Association of

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Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming Finals have been announced. 24 pupils from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School are celebrating their qualification for the event which will be held at the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday 8th June.

With events ranging from the Under 10 25m Breaststroke, Under 11 Free Relay, Under 12 50m Backstroke, Medley and Free Relay and Under 13 50m Freestyle, only the top 20 swimmers in each category have qualified for the Finals with one category having 175 contestants. Deborah Huggett, Head of Swimming at the College commented, “This is an incredible achievement. The girls have done particularly well with 5 of our relay teams making the finals but the boys should be equally proud, as they have 3 relay teams competing. Several of our squad will be competing in more than one event – we are so proud of them.”

Training will now continue apace in the next 5 weeks as the pupil prepare for the IAPS National Swimming Finals.

Photo: BSC’s swimming pool

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Two of Bishop’s Stortford College’s leading schoolboy cricketers have been named in the 2019 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in recognition of their outstanding success last year.

Bishop’s

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Stortford College Upper 6th Form students Joseph Hawkins and Adam Bassingthwaighte qualified by scoring more than 150 runs in the 2018 season. Based on their impressive batting averages they have been included in the top 100 schoolboy cricketers in the country: Joseph scored 452 runs at an average of 64.57 which put him in 22nd place whilst Adam scored 322 runs at an average of 64.40 which put him in 25th place.

Current Head of Cricket, Matt Drury commented, “This is an incredible achievement for both boys, not only to finish in the top 100 but for them both to make the top 25 is sensational.”

Joseph and Adam are both Sports Scholars at the College. They participate in the Elite Sports programme which gives them personalised strength and conditioning programmes in addition to year-round specialist coaching. Both play for Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club first XI and have represented Hertfordshire and Essex respectively.

Dave Hughes, who will be Head of Cricket from September said, “They have both made an excellent start to the season, putting in strong performances in the first two weeks of term. By maintaining their hard work and dedication we hope they will each gain a place in the history books again next year.”

pPhoto: Joe Hawkins batting

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Bishop’s Stortford College is one of the top independent schools for DofE in 2018-19 in the county.

Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating another year of success

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as the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme statistics are published.

A total of 152 enrolments, resulting in 125 Awards, 16 of which were Gold, places the College as one of the top independent schools for DofE in 2018-19 in the county. With the highest number of DofE enrolments in Hertfordshire and an average completion rate, over the last five years of 77%, the College is justifiably proud and looks forward to achieving above and beyond its target completion rate for the year 2019-20.

The Awards, which test and develop pupils’ life skills (such as resilience), their ability to learn new skills, their physical abilities, determination and willingness to take part in expeditions and support their community through volunteering are highly regarded by employers and universities alike.

Gill Lynch, DofE Co-ordinator at Bishop’s Stortford College commented, “The Award at the College continues to be successful at all levels. It has been particularly pleasing to see the numbers of Gold participants who have completed their award increasing over the last few years. Praise and thanks must also go to the small dedicated team of staff who support the pupils throughout their participation in the Award.”

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Bishop’s Stortford College pupils through to National Finals with Cambridge City Hockey Club U16 team.

Five girls from Bishop’s Stortford College, who also play for Cambridge

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City Junior Hockey Club, contributed to the Cambridge U16 team’s win at the Regional Finals on Sunday 10th March.

Undeterred by blustery weather conditions, the girls dominated play and stormed through to victory in all three of their matches; 2-1 against Hertford, 1-0 against Old Loughtonians and 2-0 in their final match against Chelmsford.

These three wins secured the Cambridge U16’s place in the National Finals, for a second consecutive year, which will be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April against seven other teams.

Well done to the five College girls; Imogen S., Emelia M., Lizzy T., Tabby B. and Lana V. for their performances and our congratulations are extended to the entire squad as we look forward to April.

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Winner of the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award announced.

Following a vote, in which 16 local schools participated, the winner of the 10th Bishop’s Stortford Picture

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Book Award was announced at a ceremony last Wednesday as

Baby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins.

2nd place went to There’s A Dragon In Your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott.

And 3rd place to Tropical Terry by Jarvis.

Many congratulations to Messrs Whalley and Collins for their first Picture Book Award win, a great achievement for their first published book together.

Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and winner of the first Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award in 2010, announced the winner after an hour of excitement in the company of shortlisted authors and illustrators who introduced a cast of sea creatures, dragons, mice and a money-minded baby to a very enthusiastic audience of pupils from the schools from Hertfordshire and Essex who had taken part and cast almost 2000 votes.

Maggie Garrett, Senior School Librarian and Picture Book Award Coordinator said, “I would like to thank everyone involved and especially all those who have helped make this event happen for the last 10 years. It was lovely to see so many local primary schools return to join us for this award, made even more special with the return of our very first Picture Book Award winner, Sarah McIntyre, for our 10th anniversary Festival of Literature.”

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Bishop’s Stortford College pupil wins 8 gold medals at the Moroccan Winter Short Course Swimming Championship.

Bishop’s Stortford College pupil, Mehdi El Mansar, achieved a 100%

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success rate during the Moroccan Winter Short Course Swimming Championship, 25th – 27th January, winning an impressive eight gold medals and smashing three Personal Bests.

Swimming in six individual events including 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m medley, 200m and 400m freestyle medley and the 200m breaststroke, Mehdi achieved first place in every race as well as contributing to the success of his relay teams in the 4 x 100m freestyle and 4 x 100 medley, to bring his medal haul to eight golds. He was also the only swimmer across the whole Championship to achieve gold in every event he entered.

Mehdi’s training is supported at the College by the Elite Sports Programme which offers bespoke strength and conditioning training tailored to his individual needs and the requirements of swimming. Where necessary, Mehdi’s academic timetable is also adjusted to accommodate training time and expert coaching without compromising his studies.

The College is incredibly proud of Mehdi and his achievements.

Photo: Mehdi’s 8 gold medals

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Spring term Ferguson Lecture speakers have been announced at Bishop’s Stortford College.

The Spring Ferguson Lectures, titled ‘Looking to the Future’ have been announced with speakers

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including eminent academics and historians.

Established in 2007, the Ferguson Lectures are free to attend and open to the public. Held at Bishop’s Stortford College, which this year celebrates its 150th Anniversary year, the spring 2019 lecture series has been especially extended and will focus on the theme of Looking to the Future. The talks will address global issues such as the finite planet, food security, moral and ethical issues, the UK after Brexit and prospects for the English language.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday 28th February 2019

How Did We Arrive Where We Are?

A brief analysis of the last 150 years with writer and historian Tom Holland.

Thursday 7th March 2019

The UK Post Brexit

With Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of International Relations, Cambridge University.

Wednesday 13th March 2019

How Sustainable Ways of Life Will Change the Way we Live

With Jonathan Bartley, Party Leader, the Green Party of England and Wales.

Wednesday 20th March 2019

What Will Influence our Moral Compass in a Secular Age?

With Revd. Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields, London.

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Food Security, Resource Management & Growing Populations

With Tim Wheeler, Professor of Crop Science, University of Reading and Director of Science & Innovation, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Wednesday 8th May 2019

The Future of English, Once a Powerful Tool in Communications, Diplomacy and Politics

With Professor Simon Horobin, Faculty of English, Magdalen College, Oxford.

Those wishing to attend any of the lectures are asked to book their seat via the College website.

All tickets are free of charge. https://www.bishopsstortfordcollege.org/2671/the-ferguson-lectures

 

Photo: Tom Holland

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Bishop’s Stortford College pupils to hold series of Lunchtime concerts at Water Lane United Reformed Church this Spring.

Pupils from Bishop’s Stortford College will be holding

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a series of free Lunchtime Concerts at Water Lane United Reformed Church this Spring.

The Church, which has historical links with the College; the latter being founded in 1868 by a group of Nonconformists, will play host to a series of 7 recitals, which start at 1.30pm lasting about 30 minutes. The recitals are open to everyone and are free to attend.

The series will begin on Thursday 24th January with violinist Anthony Tuch and flautists Inez Parsell and Yuki Cheng on flute. Other recitals will feature harp music, solo violin, chamber music and guitar ensemble. The performances will celebrate great music and exceptionally talented young musicians.

Returning to Water Lane, will mark an old association between the College and the United Reformed Church in this, the 150th Anniversary of Bishop’s Stortford College.

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