Skip to main content
  • Hockerill Anglo-European College
    Dunmow Road
    Bishop's Stortford
    CM23 5HX
  • Head: David Woods
  • T 01279 658451
  • F 01279 755918
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in East Hertfordshire and West Hertfordshire
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 920; sixth formers: 233
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day: free; Boarding £8,397 - £18,957 pa
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th June 2022
  • 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, 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…

Read review »

What the school says...

David Woods MSc NPQH became Principal at the start of the 2020/21 academic year. Previously he was Campus Principal for 10 years at the International School of Geneva (the original 'home' of the International Baccalaureate) and before that Head of Senior School at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. Both of David's daughters completed the IB Diploma and he is a passionate advocate of the benefits of the programme for students of all abilities. The availability of the IB post-16 at Hockerill was what attracted David to join Hockerill as well as the excellent facilities and the subject specialisms. David studied Physical Geography which he was able to pursue in Switzerland, less so in Bishop's Stortford. ...Read more

Do you know this school?

The schools we choose, and what we say about them, are founded on parents’ views. If you know this school, please share your views with us.

Please login to post a comment.


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 2020, David Woods, previously campus and secondary principal at the International School of Geneva. Before that, head of senior school at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, which followed positions as assistant principal, head of sixth form and teacher in various English state schools. BSc in geography from Liverpool; MSc in rural resources and environmental policy from the University of London. Was a boarder himself, having attended Wymondham College, a state boarding school in Norfolk. Married with two children, currently at UK universities. Enjoys all sport, notably cycling, table tennis and skiing.


Over 1,000 applications from over 60 primary schools for 120 places in year 7. Hertfordshire residents are allowed four choices at year 7, and you can use two of these to apply for both a day and boarding place. Places are allocated on...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Please note: 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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

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.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews:

☑ 30,000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent-friendly interactive directory
☑ Instant access to in-depth UK school reviews
☑ Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of over 1,000 schools
☑ Independent tutor company reviews

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

Buy Now

GSG Blog >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.