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



Alumni News


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

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.