Discover the best schools in Bishop’s Stortford


A popular location for families, Bishop’s Stortford offers local residents a fantastic selection of highly regarded education options, for all ages. With a high number rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted, here, we round up some of those within easy reach of our developments in the area – St Michael’s Hurst, our beautiful parkland community and St James’ Park, our exciting new neighbourhood, both located in the popular town of Bishop’s Stortford.

Primary Schools:

Avanti Meadows Primary School

Located adjacent to our St Michael’s Hurst development sits Avanti Meadows Primary. It is a new school which forms part of the Avanti Schools Trust and offers the highest standards of education and pastoral care. Pupils are provided with creative learning experiences which inspire and challenge pupils to achieve the very best in all aspects of their learning.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Ofsted rated ‘Good’, St Joseph’s Catholic School is a successful school which is committed to creating a caring Christian community, with strong links to St. Joseph’s Pre-School as well as St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School. A popular choice, the school boasts an idyllic location, surrounded by two playgrounds, a pleasant field area and an adventure playground.

Richard Whittington Primary School

Encouraging children to thrive through ambition, collaboration and challenge, Richard Whittington Primary School’s high standards aim to ensure each pupil achieves their full potential academically, morally and socially. Offering a caring and nurturing environment, children are exposed to engaging opportunities, with a curriculum that is encourages children to think more deeply about both what they study and the world we live in.

Secondary Schools and Colleges:

The Bishop’s Stortford High School

Soon to be located at Countryside’s St James’ Park development, The Bishop’s Stortford High School provides a single-sex education for boys in Years 7 to 11 and co-educational sixth form. This Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ school will boast new state-of-the-art facilities including a sports hall, conference centre and games pitches.

Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Following strong evidence to suggest that girls achieve their best results in a single-sex environment, Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College has provided outstanding education for girls aged 11 to 18 with boys admitted from 16 to 18 years. Boasting a vibrant community with an exciting variety of opportunities, students enjoy a relaxed and supportive atmosphere where they are encouraged to thrive.

St Mary’s Catholic School

St. Mary’s Catholic School has a strong tradition of providing an authentic education which aims to deliver excellence for every member of their Catholic community. Built upon an ambitious mission, the school aims for each student to fulfil academic potential; be fully developed in the personal, social and spiritual areas of life; to achieve excellence in every area of life; and to be underpinned by Gospel Values, in order to contribute positively to society.

Bishop’s Stortford College

Seeking to discover and develop the talents of each pupil, this co-educational independent day and boarding school for 4 to18 year olds offers a wonderful learning environment. Encouraging pupils to fulfil their true potential, by being challenged and immersed in an environment of discovery and wholehearted participation, it ensures students are equipped to contribute constructively to society, whatever their chosen path.

Hockerill Anglo-European College

Strongly believing that every student deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be, this international state co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 18 offers students a dynamic, vibrant and exciting learning environment. One of the largest state schools, the college offers a rigorous and broad curriculum designed to allow children to thrive.