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  • The Bishop's Stortford High School
    London Road
    Bishop's Stortford
    CM23 3LU
  • Head: Dale Reeve
  • T 01279 868686
  • F 01279 868687
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in East Hertfordshire and West Hertfordshire
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,216; sixth formers: 345 (118 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Held in Autumn please see our website for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 25th May 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 14th March 2017

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st May 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘There’s no room for silly haircuts, trainers or shirts hanging out here,’ summed up one parent. She’s not wrong - these boys look super-smart all the time, thanks to the high standards of dress, including compulsory blazers, which are expected from the pupils. The school is heavily research-based, with one member of staff dedicated entirely to encouraging teachers in the area of research and development, with the ultimate aim of innovating their teaching. One pupil said, ‘We are encouraged to be creative and challenge, which makes for lively classes,’ whilst another reported…

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What the school says...

Educating approximately 1200 students, The Bishop’s Stortford High School provides a single-sex education for boys in Years 7 to 11 and has a large co-educational sixth form, of which a third are female students.
We pride ourselves on being an academic school built on traditional principles and high standards, within a Christian ethos, which is reflected in our excellent results. In May 2023 Ofsted judged the school to be Outstanding for the second time in five years.

In September 2024 we are moving to a purpose built new School site less than half a mile away on Beaumont Avenue, St James' Park, Bishop's Stortford.

We will be blessed with a wonderful new facility that will include 11 science labs, two drama studios, a large Sixth Form centre, a 480 seat
performance hall, a huge six-court sports hall, a Strength & Conditioning gym, floodlit tennis/netball courts and four football/rugby pitches. We are also fundraising for an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP),
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Dale Reeve, previously deputy head of Leventhorpe School, and a maths specialist. He attended a state comprehensive in Harlow, after which he did a maths degree at Essex University and a PGCE at Leicester University. This is the sixth school he’s worked at.

Lives locally with his wife and two children and comes across as an affable and traditional family man, who is firm but fair. Certainly never one to keep students at arm’s length, often getting stuck right in with their activities. ‘It’s brilliant that he coaches. My son is a very shy boy and he connected with him straight away,’ said one parent. Other remarks from parents include, ‘He has a great manner with the boys and parents’ and ‘Everyone likes and respects him.’


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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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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.

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Further reading

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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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