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Who we are

The Stephen Perse Foundation is a family of schools in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden educating boys and girls aged 1 to 18.

By recognising our pupils as individuals - with unique hopes, talents and ambitions - we unlock their true potential.

We enjoy learning for its own sake. Our teachers ignite curiosity, encourage critical thinking and creativity. By learning to think for themselves our pupils go on to achieve exceptional results. But for us, education is not just about grades. It is about strength of character, a sense of social responsibility, learning to innovate, communicate and collaborate. 

Education needs to prepare youngsters for life beyond tests, exams and certificates. Our pupils gain an exceptional skill-set, one that prepares them for life in tomorrow's world. They leave us ready to make their mark and achieve their dreams.

Headline News

  • Taylor Swift Reading List

    Our school librarians at Stephen Perse Cambridge have swiftly prepared a specially-curated summer reading list of 15 novels for all budding...

  • Outdoor Education and DofE Update​​​​​​​

    Russell McAlinden, Head of Outdoor Educations, provides an update on outdoor education and DofE at Stephen Perse Cambridge.

  • Dame Bradbury’s aspiring Year 6 artists see work exhibited in the National Gallery

    Artwork created by our Dame Bradbury’s pupils is to be displayed at the National Gallery this summer, as part of the gallery’s T...

  • Jazz on a Summer’s Evening

    Matthew Rudd, Director of Music, tells us about the jazz on a summer's evening event.

  • Year 7 Play - The Odyssey

    Head of Drama and Theatre, Helen Barrell, tells us about the Year 7 Play The Odyssey.

  • Professor Vincent Mak Delivers Engaging Talk on Strategic Thinking

    Students Robert Y and Andre L tell us about the engaging talk on strategic thinking by Professor Vincent Mak.

  • Art Scholars visit the Curwen Print Studio

    Year 12 art scholars Frank OM and Phoebe G along with Emma F in Year 10 all had the opportunity to study at the Curwen Print Studio developi...

  • A Level Drama and Theatre Performance - an extract of Birdsong, by Rachel Wagstaff

    Year 13 A Level Drama students Tom A and Toby G gave a very moving performance of the final scene from Rachel Wagstaff´s adaptation of...

  • A Day of Discovery: Year 8 Explores Burghley House

    Year 8 students Amandine T, Adela S, and Lizzie S tell us about the trip to Burghley House

  • Brain Power: Dr. Guy Sutton Returns to Challenge and Inspire our A Level Students

    In a welcome return, neuroscientist Dr Guy Sutton delivered a talk to our A Level Biologists and Psychologists.

  • The Year 9 Play - The White Feather

    Miss Albone’s script for ‘The White Feather’ was a commemorative reflection on WW1, inspired by the folk song The Green Fi...

  • Boarding Round-Up

    The boarders have enjoyed a diverse programme of activities during the last term, here are just a few of things they have enjoyed.


Our approach to learning

As you may expect, we offer great facilities and one-to-one attention from brilliant teachers. What makes us different is the way we encourage young people to think: independently, analytically, logically, creatively and imaginatively – in an unusually friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Today's young learners will go on to shape tomorrow's world. We believe that is our responsibility as educators and parents to equip them with the tools they need to make their mark, whatever future they choose.

Through our forward-thinking vision for education and our broad, creative curriculum we foster a global outlook and a sense of social responsibility, valuing individuality and independent thought. We empower our pupils to succeed in tomorrow's world and the workplace of the future.

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    Outer circle

    We prepare young people to blaze a trail in whatever field they choose. They leave us equipped with a breadth of skills, ready to become responsible global citizens.

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    Learning Segment

    We group our subjects together into six curriculum areas. We teach subjects in an integrated way, because the future belongs to those who can think way beyond narrow subject boundaries.

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    Learning to think

    Education is not just about imparting knowledge. It’s about teaching young people how to think for themselves: critically, creatively and collaboratively.

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    Developing Character

    Fostering a secure bedrock of self-esteem and a sure moral compass is essential preparation for a future in a complex world.

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    Our Learners

    Our schools are small enough to ensure that each learner is known. By placing our learners at the centre of our approach, we create an education that allows individuality to flourish.

Want to find out more? Come and see us in action!