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: 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.


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.


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. Whole College: Sat 21st September, 9.30am - 1pm. Sixth Form entry: Sat 12th October, 10.15am arrival. Prep School: Sat. 9th November, 9.45am arrival.


2018/2019. Day: £3,030 - £6,613 per term. Full Boarding (from Year 3): £7,109 - £10,237 per term. Weekly Boarding: £7,034 - £10,137 per term. Overseas Boarding: £7,428 - £10,641 per term. Part-time 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: 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
CM23 2SL

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

Location Description

Semi-rural - edge of a country town.

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School News

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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.


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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.


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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Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School hosts the second meeting of the Bishop’s Stortford Pupil Voice Network.

Last month, Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School hosted the second

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meeting of the Bishop’s Stortford Pupil Voice Network (BSPVN). Following their inaugural meeting in March, School Councillors from around the local community met to discuss and share best practice in their own school communities.

The second meeting welcomed representatives from 11 different schools as well as individuals from the business community and Deputy Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Councillor Holly Drake. During the meeting, the new logo for BSPVN was unveiled, the design for which was based on entries received in their Logo Competition. Pupils from Thorley Hill Primary School and Little Hadham’s School Councils won prizes of £100 and £20 respectively for their contributions to the final design. The colour scheme of the logo was inspired by the different school uniforms represented in the BSPVN.

As well as networking with one another the Pupil Councillors celebrated their work so far including short presentations from Hatfield Heath Primary School and Northgate Primary School thus sharing a better understanding of how to work most effectively.

The group agreed to adopt a Charity of The Year for 2018/19 and voted for The Animal Rescue Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. Each BSPVN school will aim to organise one fundraising event during the academic year, with the dual purpose of raising awareness of the BSPVN and raising money for a very special local charity. Together, they want to make a real difference in the local community.

Another highlight of the afternoon was a presentation from Mr Mark Prisk MP who sent a six-minute video message, in which he congratulated each pupil council on the work they are doing in the community. He talked about the skills required for leadership, emphasised the importance of listening carefully and how vital it is not to make promises you cannot keep. The video will be shared with each School Council and is sure to prove a very valuable resource to all members of the BSPVN.

After presenting certificates to the new members of the Network, the group welcomed Mrs Hayward – a senior member of staff at H. Samuel and Ernest Jones who talked to the children about prioritisation and time management. Lots of schools were interested to learn about her methods for colour coding ideas when presenting to senior management. Following the event, and some extremely positive feedback it was agreed to hold BSPVN #3 in March 2019.

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Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Girls’ Hockey team have secured a place in the National Finals for the first time in the history of girls’ indoor

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hockey at the College.

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Girls’ Hockey team have secured a place in the National Finals for the first time in the history of girls’ indoor hockey at the College.

The College could not have asked for a better start to Indoor East Finals, opening with a 3-1 victory against New Hall. However, a tough second match against Bromley High resulted in a 3-1 loss, put additional pressure on the girls for their remaining matches as they fought to reach the National Finals.

The girls came into their element in the next three rounds against The Perse (4-2), Stamford (5-1) and Norwich (6-1), with smooth and controlled passing and several outstanding saves from the College goalkeeper. This meant the girls went into their last game, against Framlingham, knowing that a victory, draw or loss by one goal would see them through to the Nationals.

Framlingham took the lead in the final match but the College girls soon equalised. The second half proved much tougher as Framlingham came charging out and scored another goal, leaving the College 2-1 down with only a few minutes left on the clock. Determined not to give up, the girls maintained their composure and demonstrated maturity beyond their years as they held on for the rest of the match, securing their place in the National Finals.

Head of girls’ Hockey, Nick Prowse said, “We’ve never had a girls side reach the National Indoor Finals before and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the players throughout their time at the College that they’ve made it. We’re really proud of their achievement.” The girls are now training hard for the National Finals which will take place in January 2019.

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Bishop’s Stortford College pupil Vinay Menon has been awarded an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship in recognition of the outstanding potential he has shown as a future

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leader in Engineering.

The Arkwright Scholarships were established in 1991 and are the most prestigious scholarships of their type in the UK. Designed to inspire and nurture school age students, these awards support the future leaders of the engineering profession.

Following a rigorous selection process which whittles down over 1500 applicants through a 2 hour examination and an interview, this is a highly competitive award. The scholarship supports students through their A Level course including hands-on work experience, a personal mentor and funds towards materials, projects, text books, additional technical courses, summer schools and university open days. Scholars are also given access to a variety of exclusive events. At the presentation in London, Vinay was awarded his Scholarship by Air Marshall Julian Young (RAF). The presentation included inspirational talks from leading industry figures as well as the individual statements of all those receiving an award.

Vinay’s Design and Technology teacher, Mr Trant said, “The College has had an incredible track record with these scholarships over the last ten years. Our younger pupils benefit hugely from having so many positive role models in the Sixth Form who demonstrate a passion for engineering and design and show leadership potential in these fields. We are incredibly pleased that Vinay joins the long line of Arkwright Scholars who have gone on to realise their potential at universities such as The University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London and Loughborough.”

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Bishop’s Stortford College have continued their celebrations of their 150th anniversary with a Time Capsule burial and a visit from the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

On Friday

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12th October members of the College community including Old Stortfordian, parents, staff and pupils gathered in the Memorial Hall for a service to celebrate the changes in our lives over the last 50 years and what pupils in 50 years’ time might look forward to experiencing.

The Time Capsule was the idea of Old Stortfordian (OS) Committee Member Michael Baim (SHb, 58-62). All three sections of the College put forward ideas for content and helped to pull the box together which included poems, a quilt made from College ties, newsletters, theatre programmes, menus from the Dining Hall, drawings and artworks, DVDs of Senior School House Music and a Prep School play, copies of the current prospectus and other items that illustrate College life today.

The Capsule burial was led by John Perry (RPH, 63-68), who was Head Boy in 1968 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited the College for their Centenary. Mr Perry also delivered the address during Service in the Memorial Hall and spoke vividly about his role escorting HM Queen Mother during the Centenary Celebrations in 1968.

On Monday 15th October, the College welcomed the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss CBE who represents Her Majesty The Queen and supports the Royal Family in the county.

Mr Voss was welcomed to the College by the Headmaster, the Bursar, the Chairman of the Governing Council and the Senior School Head Boy and Head Girl. He was then taken on a tour of the campus and spent time with children in Pre-Prep, the Prep School and particularly enjoyed his time in the Senior School Physics Department.

After a formal lunch with the Governors, Heads and other invited guests, the Lord Lieutenant took part in a tree planting ceremony on Masters’ Green to commemorate his visit. Mr Voss expressed his wish to return to the College in 10 years’ time to see how ‘his tree’, a handkerchief tree, is growing.

Jeremy Gladwin, College Headmaster commented, “We very much enjoyed welcoming our distinguished visitor and we hope he will have left with a clear sense of what makes Bishop’s Stortford College such a special place of living and learning.”

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The shortlist for the 2019 Bishop’s Stortford College Picture Book Award has been announced.

After much deliberation, the shortlist for the 2019 Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book

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awards has been announced as follows.

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

Can you see a Little Bear? by James Mayhew and Jackie Morris             Otter-Barry

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett                                                                   Two Hoots (Macmillan)

Once upon a Wild Wood by Chris Riddell                                                  Macmillan

Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival                                                                   Bloomsbury

The Station Mouse by Meg McLaren                                                         Andersen Press

There’s a Dragon in your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott            PenguinRandomHouse

Tropical Terry by Jarvis                                                                             Walker

Pupils from participating local schools will be receiving copies of the shortlist and will be asked to vote for their favourite between now and 8th December.

Sarah McIntyre, winner of the first Bishop’s Stortford College Picture Book Award will be announcing the winner on 6th February 2019.

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Bishop’s Stortford College U13 footballers are through to the IAPS National Finals after qualifying in last Friday’s tournament held at Chigwell School.

Having lost the first

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of their group games, the next two matches against St Anthony’s and Lockers Park were crucial to the boy’s progression in the tournament. Fortunately the team won both with a goal from Max L-T in the former and Owen C in the latter to their opponents’ nil.

In the quarter final they faced Chigwell. It was a tense match which, after both sides failed to score, went to a penalty shootout.  Goalkeeper Freddie H saved two penalties while his team mates Yussif K and Owen C managed to score their penalties past the Chigwell keeper. With a final score of 2-1, the College team were through to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals they faced Lochinver House. Yussif K and Owen C again scored the goals that put them through to the final. An excellent performance.

Up against Westbrook Hay in the final, the boys put in a tremendous performance. Miles L-T once again scored but Westbrook managed to get two late goals past the College defence in the second half to take the win 2-1.

After a great effort from the whole squad the boys were delighted for be through to the National Finals which will be held in Taunton on 4th November. David Herd, who coaches the team commented, “The boys went from strength from strength as the tournament progressed and were very unlucky in the final. They’ll work hard and hope to go one better at the National Finals.”

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