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  • Hockerill Anglo-European College
    Dunmow Road
    Bishop's Stortford
    CM23 5HX
  • Head: Mr Richard Markham
  • T 01279 658451
  • F 01279 755918
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 837; 294 boarders; sixth formers: 251
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day: free; Boarding £12,021-£16,263 pa
  • Open days: Year 7 September; Year 12 November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 3rd December 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The IB requires a mood of involvement and pupils here lap this up, with over 70 popular clubs which run on weekdays from 4-5pm, including fencing, public speaking, knitting and dance. ‘Younger students really get stuck in, trying new things out before they find where their interests lie,’ said one student. A traditional but non-denominational school, where teachers are called Sir or Ma’am and everyone has sensible haircuts and wears uniform (blue in the lower school, black and white in the sixth form). Not excessive on…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Japanese at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Italian at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Japanese at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Italian at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Science: Double Award A at an English Comprehensive School (Level1/2 certificates (double))
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Comprehensive School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: middle years - middle Years is a programme for ages 11-16.

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Mr Richard Markham MA. An Oxford historian and former international hockey player who represented Wales, he began his teaching career at Marlborough College in 1994, where a variety of roles (including teacher of history and history of art, deputy housemaster, master in charge of hockey and IB coordinator) culminated in director of studies for his last four years. Insists the differences between Marlborough and Hockerill are ‘not as pronounced as most people think’, with key similarities including boarding and academic rigour. Whilst he inherited a school that was by no means complacent about its continued success, staff and students agree that he has pushed for a rounder education than his predecessor, believing that ‘exam results are important, but a good education is about so much more.’

Relaxed but self-assured,...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

A SENCO and small learning support facility for students with relatively mild SEN.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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