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This page provides a portal for all past students, staff and members of the TBSHS Community,  to link with the current School, and be involved in current and future activiites.


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Alumni News


Andrew Lewin & Hugo Mann - (1998 -2005)

The School were pleased to welcome back two former students;   
Andrew Lewin and Hugo Mann to a Politics Special during the 6th Form Citizenship session on the 16th October.

A lively and sprited discussion ensued which was enjoyed by all our current 6th Formers.


October 2018


Archie Day - (2010 -2015)

The school were saddended to hear of the death of Archie Day in October 2018, aged 
20 years.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.




October 2018

David Wickens - (1992 -2000)

The School were very saddened to hear of the sudden death of David Wickens (TBSHS 1992-2000) on the 8th June 2018 in Dubai. 

David was a former Head Boy (1998), and went up to Selwyn College, Cambridge, to read History, before working as an International Manager with HSBC.  His work took him to postings around the world including Moscow, Hong Kong, Delhi, New York and finally Dubai.

He was the son of long-serving former TBSHS Teacher Ian Wickens, and leaves a wife and two children.

Former Head of History, Peter Oxley said “In an outstanding year his star shone the brightest. He had an incisive intellect  but it was always coupled with a down-to-earth approach to school and life and a dry sense of humour which made him so popular with everyone- something to do with his Yorkshire roots? He never missed out on an opportunity  to try out new experiences. I remember pacing the corridors of our hotel in St Petersburg after midnight only to find him in boots and coat about to rendezvous with 2 other sixth formers on their way to visit a basement bar next to the hotel to taste the local vodka! The last time perhaps we met he treated me to tea in the Cambridge University  Library as he regaled me with tales of his fellow undergraduates and his lecturers. He was wonderful company.”

June 2018


Josh Ward (2002-2009)

Congratualtions to our alumni, Josh Ward who in March 2019 is taking on his biggest theatrical

challenge to date  playing  Francis Henshall in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’.  KMTheatre and JKCorden played the role in the West End.



June 2018


Laurence Cook (2003-2010)  

TBSHS student Laurence Cook has just passed his PhD at Cambridge and is about to start post-doctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



March 2018



Eli Haines (2010-2017)

We have just heard that Eli, who left this year, has passed his ABRSM Perfomance Diploma on trombone.

Eli was a busy member of the music department and took his diploma in July, after his A Level exams were finished.

He is going to the University of Nottingham to study Politics & International Relations after a gap year.

September 2017


Stuart Middleton (1992-1998)

TBSHS Alumnus Stuart Middleton Receives a Fulbright Award to the US   

Stuart Middleton, a student at TBSHS between 1992 and 1998 and currently a research fellow in history at Fitzwilliam College, has received a Fulbright Award to enable him to spend a year at New York University, on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Read the full Press Release here

June 2017

Naomi Harryman (2014-2016)

Naomi has moved away from Athletics to focus on American Football and has been selected to play for GB in the World Championships in Vancouver in June 2017.   

Details are on the BAFA website / Facebook. Games will either be on tv or streamed live.

Naomi was sponsored by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.



May 2017

Scarlett Stock (2012-2014)

Scarlett has, for nearly a year, been Chairperson of the Law Society at Leicester University.

The Student Law Society Awards (which cover the whole of the UK) have just published their nominations and under Scarlett's leadership, Leicester has been nominated for:

Best Law Society
Best Student Engagement  and
Best for non-Law Students
Unsurprisingly, Scarlett also has an individual nomination as Best Chairperson.

February 2017


Stuart Britton (1993-2000) & Holly Fletcher (2000-2002)

Congratulations to two of our former students Stuart Britton and Holly Fletcher who recently got engaged & plan to marry in the Autumn of 2017.




January 2017

Steve Bugeja (2001-2008) has a new TV show.

One of Britain’s most-watched music TV channels has commissioned its first comedy show. 4Music will piloted Pop Sludge on December 28 2016, featuring a raft of new comedy talent. The show aims to mock celebrity culture, with target such as ‘Pitbull, YouTubers, fandoms, socialites and Instagrammers’, according to producers. It was created by former BBC radio comedy staff writer James Bugg and features names from the comedy circuit including Patrick TurpinSteve Bugeja, Harrie Hayes, Samantha Baines and Jason Forbes.

Pop Sludge aired at 10pm on December 28 on 4Music, which already includes reruns of shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Rude Tube in its schedule.

December 2016


Well done to a group of our former TBSHS students at Tough Mudder London South – part of a team of 40 running for Teenage Cancer Trust (organised by James Watts (2004-2011) and his friend Will Cattermole – ex-Hockerill and
cancer survivor).

Left to right (not including the person in orange…)-  Dan Talbot, James Ellams, Joe Cooper, Matt Dean, Nick Hall, James Watts. Callum Rolph was also there but not in picture.

September 2016





Charlie Jonas (2008-2015)

Who is studying Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge has just been awarded a three year Scholarship: Marmaduke Levitt Scholarship.

He is travelling to Japan in September as part of Pembroke Players who are putting on production of Romeo & Juliet

Charlie is working as the Company’s Technical Director & Sound Designer.

June 2016


Oliver Philcox (2007-2014)  has been selected to become a 2016 Harvard - Emmanuel College PRISE Fellow. PRISE Fellows conduct full-time summer research projects  with Harvard faculty and live among over 200 research scholars for 10 weeks over the Summer. Oliver will be working in the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

May 2016

Harry Ward (2006-2013) - Has been accepted to E15 Drama school for MA Acting course

Sam Freeman (2008-2013) - staying on after his foundation year at Urdang Academy of Dance

Tom Dickerson (2007-2014) - Completed his foundation year at Arts Educational School and has been invited to stay on. Also offered a place at Mountview Musical Theatre School.

                                                            May 2016


Leo Patsalides (1997-99) performed the Grieg Piano Concerto at TBSHS in 1998, aged 17, with the Amici Orchestra at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, conducted by Mr McConnell (formerly Head of Music, then a member of English staff) the Amici Orchestra, led by Stuart Middleton (4-time winner of the music prize).

Leo pursued a career as a professional musician, and is now a conductor and Artistic Director of the Amati Orchestra (www.amatiorchestra.com). Almost 20 years after performing the Grieg at TBSHS, he conducted it for the first time last month (March 2016) with soloist Mariko Brown. Professionally filmed highlights of the performance are now published. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_m1762cbfs 

April 2016

Joe Kitchen, (2005-2012), former student and TBSHS Quiz Captain,  who has just finished his undergraduate degree at Christ's College, Cambridge appeared on University Challenge in September.

September 2015


Former Student Steve Bugeja tests his Edinburgh Fringe show in Stortford

Steve Bugeja (TBSHS 2001-2008), winner of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award in December 2013, is previewing his forthcomming Edinburgh Fringe Stand-Up show in Bishop's Stortford this week. Steve was featured by the local Observer newpaper last week http://m.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Stortford-States-stand/story-26715582-detail/story.html describing how he went from TBSHS, to America, to Stand-Up.

Break a leg Steve!

June 2015

Former Student Sam Winter makes International Rugby Debut

Sam Winter (TBSHS 2000-2007) has become the latest formerTBSHS pupil to put on an England Rugby Jersey.

Sam started two matches for England Counties against Romania in their recent sucessful tour to Romaina.

June 2015

Jack Wilgoss

The school were delighted to hear that former pupil Jack Willgoss (TBSHS 1998-2003) has this week won a Silver Gilt Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

He left TBSHS to go study at RHS Wisley Gardens, and he was on BBC2 on 19th May showing his violas.

RHS Chelsea Flower  Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05wf314/rhs-chelsea-flower-show-2015-episode-6   -  Starts at 25 mins

There are four grades of award; Gold, Silver and Bronze - so he did well. Congratulations!

May 2015


Former Pupil, Greg James (TBSHS 1997-2004) interviewed Mr Etheridge and Mr Hows on Radio 1 on the 11th May 2015, as part of the theme 'People who Inspired me'.



                                                                                                                      May 2015

If you have any Alumni News please let us know - Email  -  http://helen.haines@tbshs.org


A previous Alumni Event was the Past Pupil Concert on the 17th June 2014 - http://www.tbshs.org/NewsArticle.aspx?NewsID=302


Obituary Section

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Jackie Farrell-Shaw
Jill Kemp
Peter Cook


Obituary: Darren Solomons: TBSHS 2010-2017

It is with great sadness that I announce that Mr Darren Solomons, our subject leader for Government & Politics and Philosophy, suffered a massive heart attack last night (Monday 20th November) and has passed away. He was taken into intensive care several weeks ago, and although he had made some improvements more recently and had come out of intensive care, it came as a great shock to us all this morning to hear the tragic news. He joined the school in September 2010 and spearheaded our very successful Model United Nations (MUN) group, taking students to many conferences in Holland and hosting our own MUN conferences at TBSHS every year. He was loved and respected by staff and the sixth form students he worked with and will be greatly missed. He was 45 and leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. They will all remain in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. We are blessed to have such a strong, caring and supportive community, where the Black & Gold spirit, embodied by Mr Solomons, will live on in his memory. Mr Reeve, Headteacher

The School cannot pay a high enough tribute for the contribution Darren made to the High School. He was much liked and respected by staff and students, and will be sorely missed.
On behalf of myself and all the governors, sincere condolences to the family.                             Sincerest Regards
Alan J Fordham
Chair of Governors


Darren Solomons came to TBSHS in 2010, taking over from Mark Barrow as Subject Leader for Government & Politics and Philosophy.

Many colleagues remember him as being kind,  caring and loyal. He had a passion for Politics and he oversaw many heated discussions with calm authority. As the Union Representative for the ATL he was hugely supportive of the staff under his care

He also hosted and ran the school’s Mock General Election in the past, and when he was a Sixth Form Tutor was very popular and supportive to a whole range of students.

Students going back seven years will remember Darren with great appreciation, as he was always willing to help with their studies.

He will be sorely missed.

If you would like a tribute included in the condolence book we are producing for Mr Solomons’ family, please email your message to condolence@tbshs.org


I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Darren in the politics department. The students under his pastoral care will remember him fondly as a supportive, witty and charismatic form tutor. There will be a small number who will remember him for his love of Arsenal, in fact he was a season ticket holder. Some of our alumni will smile when they read that - Rob Stark, Head of Sixth Form

Darren was a wonderful man to work alongside, quietly and calmly providing support and materials to help me to teach the minefield that is Philosophy. He was incredibly popular with sixth form students and teachers alike - Natalie Miles, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, RS & Philosophy

Darren was great with the students on our school trip to New York - he got into wonderful discussions with the students about politics and current affairs. However he gave us several grey hairs when he got on the Metro, on his own, travelling in the wrong direction!  We dubbed him Pupil No 32, when we were doing a headcount to make sure he was not left behind - Alexia Kitching, Trips & Visits Co-ordinator

Darren was my form tutor, politics teacher and general mentor when I returned back this September. He supported any initiatives I had whilst making politics fun and engaging through his comic opposition to student ‘Tories’. He helped me start MUN and made our first Dutch MUN conference unforgettable by constantly getting us lost and refusing to take his black hoodie off. Our politics trip to New York was just as enjoyable as he managed to turn all the Christmas lights off in our hotel lobby by trying to charge his beloved kindle. Not to mention Jane having to head count him with the other students after he got lost and ended up solo downtown in the Bronx. He was a great teacher, supportive and kind whilst going to any lengths to help with any further politics revision or MUN. He was constantly happy and chirpy which rubbed off on those around him. Darren basically shaped my interest in politics and international relations. He made my time at the sixth form entertaining as well as informative and would go out of his way to help anyone he could - Sophie Anthony, Cover Supervisor and former student.

I had worked with Darren since he started at TBSHS  and we shared a number of trips to New York with Business, Economics and Politics students. My abiding memories of these are typical Darren - he got lost on the Subway as he went the wrong way and didn’t realise for 30 minutes, he went to a library rather than The Public Library, riding on the big wheel in Toys R Us, searching the Disney Store for the right gifts for the girls, travelling for 9 hrs on a budget bus to Washington DC for 45 minutes in the Capitol Building, his kindle as an extra limb and ever recognisable by his hoodie.  On one particular trip Darren was sitting surrounded by students in the UN watching football whilst I panicked about a cancelled flight. As a colleague Darren was intelligent, witty and most of all compassionate. On a personal level I am grateful that I could call him a friend and the world will be a little less interesting without him in it - Jane Parr, Business Studies.

Mr. Solomons made others feel special. However, everyone knew that it was Mr. Solomons who was the true star.   Darren was loved by all. Darren was the most warm, wonderful and wise person of the greatest good humour, humility and intelligence. A leader and a team player, Darren loved Politics and Philosophy, put others first at all times and cared so deeply about staff and students past and present. The sheer number of students that studied Politics and Philosophy in the Sixth Form and beyond, is testimony to his brilliant talent and gift  to nurture, inspire,  empower and change lives.  All students and staff were moved by his, the kindest, patient and most respectful of, natures. He listened and encouraged all.  Support was always friendly, perceptive and unconditional and conversations about Arsenal, Politics and Life always enlightening and educative. We will all remember his School Mock Election Assembly Question Times which, with Darren in the chair, characteristically challenging candidates and audiences whilst giving students the opportunity to shine and lead.  They were worthy of national broadcast. Mr. Solomons'  Model UN was another masterclass. It was never about Mr. Solomons but always about the students for him but everyone knew he was the genius who gave others the opportunities.

In the classroom, Darren was always objective, judicious and impartial. Even today one former student said to me we never knew his political views.

Words cannot, of course,  do justice. Genuinely loved by students, and staff, as a teacher and a person, Darren was, and will remain,  the most wonderful inspiration and example to all - Simon Etheridge, Subject Leader for RS & Citizenship


Tributes from former students and pupils of Darren Solomons

My deepest heartfelt condolences. A lovely guy, through and through. 
Pass my best onto the appropriate people. I’ll be praying - Jordan Smith

It just happens Mr Solomons was one of the teachers who made life a bit better. He was a great person and I never forgot the things he taught me.

One day when I was upset, Mr Solomons played this very song to cheer me up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRMqCK_QMDk

I listen to this song with happy memories now he has passed on. with a smile and laugh as he shared my sense of humour. So keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved- Jonathan Whitmore



Always a smile on his face. He was a truly special man and responsible for so many successes.

Beyond this, he was a true friend and companion throughout many a difficult situtation. He will be missed by so many - Bella Cooper
Mr Solomons was the most amazing teacher, form tutor, and friend. He'll always hold a very special place in my heart - Jack Stewart
He was one of a kind and had a heart made of gold. He was a friend more than
a teacher and his memory will live on forever.
Keep on supporting the arsenal up there Daz - Harrison Costi
There is no one more kind, loving and caring than Darren Solomons,
heaven is lucky to have you - Nick McCrone
Mr Solomons was the man behind why I study politics, he went above and beyond to help me academically, and develop me as a person, I will miss him dearly. He was my friend right until the end- there wont be another teacher like him - Sam Grant
Darren was more than just a teacher, funny, dedicated, with encylopaedic knowledge, he was a friend - Edward Ray
As well as his extensive knowledge of politics, his care, guidance and kindness is something that will stick with all of us forever, and is the reason he will be missed by so many - Henry Pugh
Darren was a kind and caring man who never failed to make us laugh. He was more than our teacher; he was a friend. Darren was the best teacher we could've asked for and I am at uni today because of him. Darren touched so many of our hearts, and he will never be forgotten - Katya Parish
Darren was one of the most kind and considerate teachers I ever had through school. He treated everyone with the same amount of compassion and respect and would always happily go out of his way to help any student. His humour and belief in us got me through a lot of the hardest part of A levels and he played a huge part in helping me decide my degree. As a teacher and friend he will be missed by all - Callum Perry
Darren was the most caring, supportive and kindest teacher, tutor and friend. He will be missed by so many but his humorous and caring nature will be remembered forever -  Sophie Hargrave
Darren was the most amazing man who touched mine and everybody else's heart. Every day i'd be greeted by his amazing smile and fantastic sense of humour. Darren honestly was almost like a father figure with his great advice and his considerate, trusting nature. Will be greatly missed and remembered by all - Rosa Peck
There are no words to describe what an amazing teacher and friend Darren was to me and all of his students. He believed in me and supported me unlike anyone else could and for that I am eternally grateful. He will be so missed - Katy Adams
Darren made my education so much brighter. He was a kind, supportive friend to me and so many others and will be deeply missed. I will never forget what he taught me - Thea Procter

Darren’s selflessness and sincere care for others was beyond admirable. He was a friend to us all and a figure to look up to. He will continue to always live on in our hearts in the same way he was always there for us - Jasmine Paramasivan

I think it's safe to say that anyone who knew Darren would say that he was as a kind, passionate and selfless soul who touched the lives of many, he will be missed dearly - Ola Majekodunmi

A great man has left us today. The cleverest person I have known, and a funny chap who always brightened my mood upon speaking with him. 

He was a man of many abilities (most notably supporting Arsenal F.C. for whom he held a season ticket), able to drive anyone up the wall with his mastery of devils advocate. What I liked most was his sharp dry wit,  and perfectly satirical view on most things. He was kind, and supportive in the darkest of times, something I will always be grateful for.

I suppose death is always decidedly inconvenient, but I must say, above all else, he was robbed... taken far far too young. The world is already distinctly dimmer without you, Sir. But I take solace in the fact that you’re looking down on us from above. I am just so glad that I had the privilege of knowing you. May God bless his wife Miriam, and their two beautiful daughters - Eli Haines

I just wanted to express my condolences to you about Darren Solomon; from the limited contact I had with him whilst working at TBSHS, he seemed to epitomise 'Black and Gold'. My thoughts are with his family and all TBSHS staff and students - Ollie Paget

TBSHS, the wider student community and the teaching profession has lost a true great. Mr Solomons inspired an interest in politics that I never knew I had, endlessly going out of his way to support my studies. Probably without ever realising it, he was the driving factor behind my decision to take on the subject at university. He provided career guidance, life advice and helped me through a few of the tougher personal parts of my life.

The number of obituaries that have come in speaks volumes of the man. More than a teacher and form tutor, he was a genuine friend to myself and a number of the alumni community. All I can say is thank you. For your creative teaching techniques. For the football chats. For the laughs in class, during MUN conferences and in New York. For everything you've done for us. RIP Darren, my thoughts are with your family at this difficult time - Matt Pink


Mr Solomons was always much more than a teacher to all those he taught. He was a friend, a trusted advisor, a mentor, a wind-up merchant and a comedian. I know I’m not alone in saying that I would not be who I am today without his support and belief in me. From writing us references, supporting our student activities, to helping us in our many hours of needs, Darren went above and beyond to give us his time and make sure we always got to where we needed. We all have many treasured memories of our experiences with Darren and it is testament to what an amazing teacher and human-being he was to hear just how many people loved him - Alice Dutton

Mr Solomons was the one teacher that I can say has truly shaped my life. He was so caring towards all of his students and someone who would never fail to make me laugh. He was my biggest inspiration to studying politics and always would encourage me to go the extra mile. I do not have a bad word to say about Darren and I have so many funny memories I can look back on and these are what I will remember him by. I never thought I’d have to say goodbye to the greatest teacher and most amazing man who fought so hard. He was taken too soon and my thoughts are with his wife Miriam and two beautiful children.

When I sit my politics exam in June, I will be thinking of him and I will do him proud and get the grades he believed I could achieve - Emily Dutton, Year 13

Mr Solomons was what every educator should aspire to be, and then some. As a teacher, his enthusiasm was infectious- the fact that so many of his students went on to study Politics at university is no coincidence.

When I think of Mr Solomons I remember lively debates in class, school trips to New York and the Netherlands, and generally a lot of laughing.

Above all, he taught me to stand up for what I believe in whilst listening to those who disagree with me and treating them with respect. In a world where people are quick to voice their own opinion but have no time to listen to others, we need more intelligent, compassionate people like Darren Solomons.

Mr Solomons was a teacher, mentor and friend to me and many others. Sadly, the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long - Will Vince

Darren was certainly one of the most well liked teachers within the school, always on hand to lend support in whatever form to anyone. His enthusiasm and chipper nature was infectious; his level of commitment to teaching and his students was second to none.

I am sure many other students will have incredibly fond memories of trips ‘led’ by Darren to the Netherlands, New York and to conferences in London. No matter where in the world, these excursions were always planned and conducted with considerable aplomb.

It is a testament to his character that news of his death has been so widespread and met with such sadness; a true gentleman whose contribution to the school will be hard to replace.

My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his wife, as well as his two daughters who have been robbed of growing up with their loving dad -  Louis Lyons - ex pupil, 2006-2013

Mr Solomons with 6th Form candidates for TBSHS Mock General Election 2015

Darren's funeral was held on the 24th November 2017. The School was represented at the funeral.

29th November 2017


Obituary : Peter Cook: TBSHS 1970-2014

It is with great sadness that the school heard this week of the death of former colleague Peter Cook.

Peter was an inspiring teacher, in the English Department at The Bishop’s Stortford High School between 1970 - 2009. After retirement in 2009, Peter came back as a part-time employee taking One-2-One sessions, small groups and individual English or literacy lessons until 2014.              

He started work as an English classroom teacher in 1970 under then Headmaster Ron Davies (1964-1980). In total he worked under three Head teachers.  Along the way he took several roles including Second in Department and fulfilled the role of Head of Sixth Form at a time when the sixth form had only 32 pupils, helping that section of the school to grow to the 300+ strong unit it is today.  For many years, Peter organised Christmas trips for the Sixth Form to a London show, which were very popular with students and staff alike.

Under Headmaster Ian Shaw (1980-1998), he managed the First IX Cricket which in turn led to his deep commitment to the Jobbers Wood project. Following his interest, under Headteacher Andrew Goulding (1999-2013), he was a vital force in helping develop our amazing sports facility at Jobbers Wood, from a field, into a sports ground.

He was a very good cricketer and a very good footballer.

In the mid-1980s he took a sabbatical for a year and went to Cambridge to take a degree.

He regularly told his pupils about how he was evacuated at the age of three during the war (WW2), and had the most wonderful mellifluous voice when reading stories, text or verse which held classes captivated.

Current Subject Leader for English Nick Patterson, remembers Peter as being outspoken, a valuable, ‘critical friend’ and sounding board for the benefit of the school but an excellent English teacher, who taught Nick a lot; “He was always on the side of the pupils, and during the holidays would put himself out to ensure they got the right grade. He wouldn’t allow them to under-achieve and would chase them up during the holidays to make sure they did the work required. He cared a great deal and those kinds of things are important.”

Everyone who knew Peter remembers him doing his newspaper crossword every morning in the staffroom.

Students and colleagues alike remember him as someone to learn from and respect.

Subject Leader for Business, Frank Beran remembers Peter fondly; "I have lots of fond memories of Pete in school and out. He was a very good friend of Jackie Farrell-Shaw. He hosted the best parties. He was very proud of his son. I think he had a variety of jobs before teaching, one of which included selling encyclopaedias something he found challenging when he recognised the cost to his customers!

He had a wonderful personality which gave him the confidence and assertiveness teachers need, but he also knew how to get the most out of the least and most able students.

The image I have of him in the classroom and the staffroom is with his newspaper at hand for those moments when the students were working and he needed to escape. Not Ofsted approved, but I think a lot of his students really appreciated his honesty and integrity and no nonsense attitude.  He was always willing to listen and help out especially if managers were being particularly difficult or unhelpful. Old school, real gentleman.”

Former pupil and now Radio 1 DJ, Greg James heard the news on Friday and got in touch immediately, "What a wonderful man.  Mr Cook made me realise how brilliant it was to read and write.  Mr Cook taught great storytelling and was the teacher we wanted to impress"

School Librarian, Helen Fletcher says, “Peter used to go about the school, pom-pomming classical music as he went, on his daily quest for the library copy of the Times (mainly for the crossword). Woe betide anyone who got to it first!

He loved bringing classes of students to the library in their private reading lessons, where his love for books was infectious. He would put his feet up & read himself, once he’d got them all settled with a book, and you wouldn’t hear a peep out of any of them. Sometimes he would teach a lesson in the library, regardless of the silence rule, and if he read aloud, everyone would be spellbound, even if they weren’t part of his class!”

Assistant Head Jonathan Griffiths remembers walking quickly past Peter in the Tee Corridor. “He reminded me that life wasn’t a sprint; it was a marathon. A nice moment that I will never forget.”

Nick Patterson, has many memories of Peter. He says “Back in the days when English coursework was all-important in exam grades, when we were moderating coursework, the whole English department went to Peter’s house. It was an oasis of civilization – he knew how to host.”

His funeral was held on Monday 20th February at 4:45pm at Harlow Crematorium.

7th February 2017


Obituary : Mrs Jill Kemp : TBSHS 2008-2016  

It is with great sadness that the school heard yesterday of the death of Jill Kemp. 

Jill came to TBSHS in 2008, after living in Dubai for several years.

She took over from Ian Wickens as Examinations Officer and also arranged cover for teaching staff.

Many colleagues remember her as being detailed and thorough in the Examinations role,  and fun and lively in private. Many students will remember her with great appreciation, as she was always willing to help students with their examination entries and re-sit paperwork.

Mrs Kemp leaves three daughters and one grandchild.

She will be sorely missed.

"Very sadly we lost a dear member of our school community yesterday. Mrs Jill Kemp, who had been the exams officer at TBSHS since June 2008, lost her long battle with cancer and passed away peacefully, with her family around her. She has not been in school since last summer, when her health first began to deteriorate, but throughout her time here she made a very significant contribution, mostly behind the scenes, to the effective running of our school. She was a quiet, gentle, hard-working person and will be very sorely missed by her many friends and colleagues at the school. On behalf of the whole school community, I have passed our deepest sympathies to her family at this most difficult of times."  - Mr Reeve, Headteacher

Her funeral was held at Parndon Wood Crematorium on Tuesday 10th May 2016

22 April 2016

Obituary : Jackie Farrell-Shaw: TBSHS 1982-2004  

It is with great sadness that the school heard this week of the death of former colleague Jackie Farrell-Shaw.

Jackie was born in St Helens in Merseyside. She moved south when she was very young and trained as an English teacher. Jackie worked for some time in the City in stock broking and then started her first job as an English teacher in Harlow in the early 1970’s.  Jackie was an inspiring teacher, working her way up to Deputy Headteacher at The Bishop’s Stortford High School between 1982 - 2004.

She started work as an English classroom teacher and picked up the role of vocational business teacher early on. She became the lead teacher training mentor. She became Deputy Head under Headmaster Mr Ian Shaw and worked tirelessly to promote discipline and move the school from a rather bleak secondary modern school into something rather inspiring. She was a vital force in helping develop our amazing sports facility at Jobbers Wood with the support of her husband Mr Michael Shaw.

Many students and colleagues remember her as someone to learn from and respect. She was the person to search for to help in any crisis. Former pupil Dr Martyn Fisher, who now teaches at the school, remembers a magic moment when Jackie taught him in a Year 7 geography class in 1985: “Jackie had a wonderful sense of humour and used to regularly complete her exercises up (She was in high heels) and down the classroom whilst we completed our work in Geography and History. She would swing her arms about and stretch, to our great amusement. I can also remember that she convinced me her real name was Esmerelda Jackerina Levers.”

Languages teacher Dr Frances Horgan remembers Jackie too: “Jackie was a wonderfully supportive colleague, and could always be relied upon to help out when younger and more inexperienced teachers were having difficulty with problematic classes.  She was a role model and an inspiration to me.”

Mr Andrew Hood, Business Studies colleague, remembers her social grace and laughter. Her famous “curry night” at a beautiful cottage in the middle of the countryside was a joy.

Friend and colleague Subject Leader for Business, Frank Beran said “Jackie was a good and loyal colleague with a great sense of fun. There are hundreds of families and young men in Bishop’s Stortford and around the world, who Jackie helped during their time at the school. The school will remember Jackie with great affection.”

Her funeral was held at Parndon Wood Crematorium on Wednesday 4th February 2015.

23 January 2015

Another Alumni Event was the Past Pupil Concert on the 17th June 2014 - http://www.tbshs.org/NewsArticle.aspx?NewsID=302


If you would like to attend, or further information,  please contact the school reception by calling Linda Brierley on (01279 868686) or emailing office@tbshs.org.