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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

  • Stephen Perse Sixth Form Curriculum Choices

    Please click this link for The Sixth Form Curriculum Choices brochure which sets out for students and parents the options available for sixt...

    10
    Aug
  • Year 8 Play - Oliver Twist

    Our final production of the academic year was a dramatic retelling of Charles Dickens’ epic tale ‘Oliver Twist’, adapted b...

    08
    Aug
  • Year 9 Peak District Residential

    With no residential trip since September 2019, the Year 9 Edale trip was eagerly anticipated. In the run up to the trip all students had eng...

    03
    Aug
  • U13 Girls Football Team’s third place at the ISFA 7-a-side National Finals

    Our Under 13 girls team headed to the home of English football, St. George’s Park in mid-June as ISFA Regional Champions following an...

    26
    Jul
  • Summer Art and Design Exhibition

    Summer Art and Design Exhibition review by Mrs Bloomfield-Proud with contributions from Year 12 students, Jemima and Daria.

    25
    Jul
  • In Memoriam: Margaret Pumfrey - 12 August 1932 - 19 June 2022

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Margaret Pumfrey. Margaret was a pupil of The Perse School for Girls from 1943...

    22
    Jul
  • Junior School Cricket Team - Finalists in the Eastern Region Dynamo Cricket Competition

    Representing the whole of Cambridgeshire, Stephen Perse Junior School Cricket Team played incredibly well to make it to the final of the Eas...

    22
    Jul
  • Year 8 residential to Bournemouth

    Our Year 8's travelled to Bournemouth during the first week of last half term, and took part in an Outdoor Education week, organised by...

    21
    Jul
  • Year 12 Geography Trip to Yorkshire

    The Year 12 Geographers visited Yorkshire for three days in order to complete a range of fieldwork activities

    21
    Jul
  • Year 7 student Charlotte reflects on her first year at Senior School

    Finishing Year 6 and transitioning into Year 7 was definitely scary and I didn’t know what I was expecting, but I realise now that eve...

    21
    Jul
  • Jazz on a summer's evening

    It is traditional for the school musical year to end with Jazz on a Summer’s Evening, a lively celebration of music in a wide variety...

    21
    Jul
  • Gold Medallist Beth Shriever's Inspire and Guide Talk

    Relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions has meant the return of many activities including the relaunch of our ‘Inspire Me’ programme...

    21
    Jul

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!