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 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

Bishop Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire Elinah’s Swimming Success

Bishop’s Stortford College pupil, Elinah Phillip, competed in the World Swimming Championships in Budapest and the World Junior Championships in Indiana, qualifying for the Youth

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Olympic Games 2018.

Having just finished her GCSEs you would think Bishop’s Stortford College pupil, Elinah Phillip, deserved a bit of a rest. Instead she travelled to Budapest for the World Swimming Championships.

Elinah, who swam in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and earlier this year, won 2 silver medals at the Carifta Swimming Championships in April, competed in both the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle events against the world’s best senior swimmers. Elinah, who is more used to competing in age group competitions, described the Championships as “A great learning experience which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Despite having the incredible opportunity to race at the World Swimming Championships, upon her return to England, Elinah was determined to train even harder for her biggest competition of the season; the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. This time swimming against her peers, Elinah qualified for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 which will be held in Argentina.

The College extends their warmest congratulations to Elinah and wishes her all the best for her future events.

Photo: Bishop’s Stortford College student Elinah Phillip at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest

Bishop Stortford College Independent Hertfordshire College Girls are Hertfordshire County Champions!

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Girls’ Hockey team won the County Championship on Tuesday 3rd October.  

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Girls’ Hockey team won the County

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Championship on Tuesday 3rd October, at Oaklands College, St Albans.  With a dominant display of free flowing passing hockey, the girls won all 6 games, scoring 22 goals and conceding 0.

The team comfortably won all their group games: against Hitchin (3-0), Aldenham (8-0), Hockerill (1-0) and Haileybury (3-0).  In the semi-finals, the girls won 4-0 against Knights Templar, which put them through to the finals, once again against Haileybury.

In the final match, the girls lifted an already high standard of play to dominate the game.

Head of Girls’ Hockey at the College, Nick Prowse said, “The confidence with which the girls played was a real delight to see.” Performance Hockey Coach, Kaye Goulding, an international player who joined the College in September commented, “With such a dominant display throughout the day the girls can be rightfully confident of progressing further at the East Qualifying Finals in November”.

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Bishop’s Stortford College Catering team wins a sixth successive Gold CAP Award for maintaining the exacting requirements of the Continuous Advancement Programme (CAP)

It’s not just

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the pupils who achieve excellent results at Bishop’s Stortford College; their Catering team has just won a sixth successive Gold CAP Award for maintaining the exacting requirements of the Continuous Advancement Programme (CAP).

The CAP Awards are only presented to organisations who meet the highest standards in housekeeping in the catering and hospitality industry. The College underwent an unannounced assessment of the Catering Department on 28th June which lasted from 9.00am until after the boarders’ supper service in the evening.  Catering Manager, Gary Law and his team were delighted to score 94.3% having shown continued enhancement of the food offering in terms of choice, healthy options and overall meal experience together with a determination to beat their last assessment score. Feedback from pupils was also very positive across the age ranges (from 4 – 18).

Since embarking on the CAP programme in 2012 the College Catering Department has continued to deliver increasingly high standards year on year. Gary and his team will now strive to achieve the new Platinum Award which is only available to establishments who have achieved a minimum of 5 consecutive Gold CAP Awards.

The College will be holding an Open Morning on Saturday 23rd September from 9.00am, which will include an opportunity to visit the catering facilities, for anyone interested in gaining a comprehensive introduction to life at Bishop’s Stortford College.


Photo: Bishop’s Stortford College Catering Team

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Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating for a second week running with a stunning set of GCSE results, 70% of which were at A*/A  and 99.4%

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at A*/C.

Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating for a second week running with a stunning set of GCSE results, 70% of which were at A*/A  and 99.4% at A*/C.  In the new Maths GCSE, 94% of pupils gained at least 5 or higher and 8% achieved the top grade 9 (well above the national average of 3.5%).

Nearly one third of the 114 strong year group gained the magic ‘Ten Club Tie’ for pupils achieving A*/A in ten or more subjects. In both Drama and Music, all pupils gained A*/A and in both English Language IGCSE and Religious Studies GCSE, 89% of all grades were either A*/A, results which the College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin called, “Simply outstanding”.

Seven pupils gained 10 A* grades: Wendy Cowen, Luke Eddershaw, Shreeya Khetani, Nena Nurbhai, Grace Reed and Ella Stephens.

The Headmaster went on to say he was, “Utterly delighted with this superb set of results.  GCSE has got harder, with greater content and more challenging exam papers.  It is increasingly difficult to access the top grades, but our pupils have demonstrated that, with hard work and focus, together with the assistance of a really dedicated teaching staff, it is possible to surpass expectations and still achieve top qualifications at 16+.”

The College looks forward to welcoming around 35 new students to join this talented year group in the Sixth Form in September.

The College will be holding a Sixth Form Open Morning for those wishing to commence their A Level studies in 2018 on Saturday 14th October at 10:15am.

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