Academic: Pastoral Teams
Updated: Mon 30 Jan 2017
Head of Year 7 : Mr Robert Stark
At the Bishop's Stortford High School the tutor team works hard to ensure that your son settles happily into life at TBSHS. We recognise that this can be a stressful time for students, as they make the transition from primary to secondary school, and we do all that we can to support every child through this process.
TBSHS offers a wealth of academic and extra-curricular activities to all students. We encourage each and every child to take a full part in the life of the school. If you have any concerns about your child's progress or how they are settling into life at TBSHS do not hesitate to contact either myself, or your son's form tutor, and we will be happy to help.
Head of Year 8 : Mr Ross Wheatley
In Year 8 students are encouraged to build upon the flying start that they made to their time at TBSHS last year. Having settled into The Bishop's Stortford High School, we expect all our boys to be participating fully in the academic and extra-curricular life of the school, as well as assisting the Year 7 students to settle in.
There is no time to ease up at TBSHS! The tutor team will be continually encouraging your son to push himself as hard as he can in his studies. Inter-house credit competition motivates students to contribute towards a collective goal (prizes are awarded to the winning house) through both academic and extra-curricular endeavour and achievement. We enable your son to become a reflective learner by setting himself weekly targets that build over a term and culminate at Academic Review Day- an opportunity for Tutor, parent and pupil to discuss progress across the curriculum and set goals. Hard work now will pay dividends in years to come.
Away from their work the school continues to offer a plethora of activities to suit all students. Sporting, musical, dramatic, academic, and environmental (to name but a few) interests are all catered for. We encourage all our students to be as fully involved as possible, and to grow into well-rounded citizens through a 'truly all-round education'.
Head of Year 9: Dr Martyn Fisher
Year 9 is a particularly important year as well as an exciting time for boys at TBSHS. All boys entering Year 9 enter a new stage of their school career, having chosen their options at the end of Year 8. A heavy emphasis is placed on students making academic progress in this Foundation Year as they prepare for their GCSE courses.
This is a very demanding year and students will be expected to achieve high standards in and outside the classroom. Students will be responsible learners, be organised for all their lessons and learn to take full responsibility for their own actions. In addition to this, boys are also increasingly aware of their role as ambassadors for the school, as well as our own collective as a year group and all who support them, at home and at school.
An exceptional team of tutors are dedicated to overseeing all progress in the pastoral as well as academic sense, with their wealth of experience, and ability to give the best advice to students being invaluable in helping to ensure that all students realise their full potential. The role of the tutor is essential at this stage as they will be on hand to help students make “Good choices” about their studies, careers and achievements. Boys’ achievements are frequently celebrated through regular assemblies, delivered by senior leaders in the school as well as tutors.
All boys in Year 9 are expected to take an active role in engaging with extracurricular activities in their chosen fields, whether it is in sport, music, drama, debating or any of the many other options that the school has to offer. The extracurricular offering for Year 9 is complimented by the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and trips.
Boys also have ample opportunity to additionally contribute to school life as well as gain valuable leadership experience through the Form Captains’ system.
By reaching and maintaining high standards, the boys will have ample opportunity for success at TBSHS. Whether it be improving public speaking, taking part in the school show, scoring tries, to learning a musical instrument, Year 9 is a time of rich development that starts to lay the firm foundations needed for successful progress into Sixth Form and beyond.
Head of Year 10: Ms Emma Torry
Year 10 is an exciting and challenging year for students. A heavy emphasis is placed on students rising to the demands of new courses, building on prior knowledge from Key Stage 3 and becoming academic scholars.
Students are expected to be responsible learners and maintain high standards in and outside of the classroom. A dedicated team of tutors support students pastorally, monitoring progress and providing essential one-to-one mentoring where appropriate. The role of the tutor is essential as they are on hand to help students make “good choices” towards their studies and recognise achievements. Boys’ achievements are frequently celebrated through regular assemblies, commendation teas and form time.
Year 10 students are expected to take an active role in school life and they have ample opportunities to engage with extra-curricular activities. The school House system also provides students to take on leadership responsibilities and work as a team. The academic demands of Year 10 are further supported by voluntary subject support clinics.
Hard work and commitment is vital to success in Year 10, preparing students for the increasing demands of the new GCSE courses.
Head of Year 11: Mr David Sadler
As students enter Year 11 their focus is upon their final examinations in the summer term, as well as their post 16 aspirations. Throughout the year, form tutors and members of the extended leadership team will counsel, mentor and coach students. Support is offered through small focus groups along with whole school programmes. Students are tracked using the TIG system and regular reviews of data. All this information is available to encourage students to reflect upon their results and accept the responsibity for their own learning and progress.
All students are offered a 1:1 interview with our School Careers Advisor, when they can discuss their future, option paths and interests and with assistance can formulate a strategic direction for next year.
Mock examinations take place in December. In preparation for the exams students should be experimenting with their revision strategies and practising their exam technique. To enable the experience to be similar to that of the summer exams there will be a mock results day in the January.
This is a challenging year for Year 11 students but they are supported by a dedicated team of tutors overseeing all progress and offering constant support and encouragement.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities that TBSHS has to offer and to make positive contributions towards the community of the school.
Sixth Form (Year 12 and 13)
Head of Sixth Form: Mr Mark Brunker
The Sixth Form at The Bishop’s Stortford High School is about all of our students fulfilling their potential. We offer challenging teaching that stimulates and engages alongside superb provision for taking you to the next stage in your lives beyond the age of 18. Over the last four years, 23 of our students have been successful at gaining an Oxbridge place or in studying Medicine. This Year both our Head Boy and Head Girl have offers from Cambridge to study Medicine and Psychological Behavioural Sciences respectively. We also have a greater number of students gaining places on Higher Level Apprenticeship Schemes, most recently for Lloyds of London and Deloitte. Our student body is strong, vibrant, creative and committed to achieving highly and we can guarantee you personalised support whatever your chosen pathway.
Almost 50 students in Year 13 have taken on responsibility as part of our Senior Student Teams. They are developing leadership skills, demonstrating commitment, and making a real difference within their school community. All of these students maintain an unwavering dedication to their academic studies, as all of our courses demand this. We have a rigorous programme of academic monitoring and support, but equally expect our students to be motivated, hard-working and committed to independent study. This responsibility to fulfil your own potential is the biggest and most important, which applicants to our Sixth Form should not take lightly.
Not only do we want our students fulfilling their potential on the most appropriate courses, but we expect them to take advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities our Sixth Form has to offer. Our students perform in superb musical and dramatic productions, get involved in discussion and debate through Model United Nations, Amnesty International, and the Debating Society, take part in a variety of different sports, visit some of the world’s most fascinating places and engage with external speakers of the calibre of Huw Edwards and Lord Rowan Williams.
The sense of achievement and personal fulfilment that our students enjoy from being part of a thriving learning community, whilst also expanding their horizons by engaging in such a broad range of extra-curricular activities, comes across in every motivated, articulate and confident young person you meet here. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our school so that we can help you truly fulfil your potential.