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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

  • Careers and Guidance talk by Dr Steve Carden (P.A. Consulting)

    Returning to the school for a second time, Steve Carden (a parent of a previous student and current Year 10 student) came to discuss his car...

  • Figure Drawing Workshops

    A local artist and teacher Clio led a series of figure drawing workshops which were open to all Year 10-13 GCSE and A Levels students as wel...

  • Year 11 - Eastern Region MFL Debating Competition

    On a rainy evening in November, six Stephen Perse Year 11 students took part in a keenly fought debating competition at King’s Ely

  • Cambridge is our Campus - Year 7 and Year 8 Art Trips

    It’s been great to get out and about again on some Art trips with Year 7 going to the Botanic Gardens and Year 8 on a walk around Camb...

  • Lewis Buxton Creative Poetry Workshop

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, we were lucky enough to host poet-extraordinaire Lewis Buxton who visited the Senior School, and kept our...

  • Year 10 Trip to the University of East Anglia - Productivity East

    Year 10 Design Engineering ventured out on an exploratory trip to the University of East Anglia in Norwich where they visited the Sainsbury...

  • Wellbeing and Mental Health Talk

    In October students from across Years 11-18 attended a wellbeing and mental health talk led by our guest speaker Dick Moore.

  • Sixth Form Cabaret

    This year’s Sixth Form Cabaret was coordinated by our fabulous Drama Assistant Rebecca Jones along with Sixth Form students Zo...

  • Sports Awards Winners 2021- 2022

    It was lovely to see so many of last year’s Year 11 cohort return to receive their sports awards.

  • It's our Birthday!

    Former Stephen Perse Junior School Head Katie Milne visited the Foundation to present us with our traditional basket of blue hyaci...

  • French Work Experience by Year 13 student Georgia

    As a French A Level student at the Sixth Form, we are often told that in order to really gain a true understanding of the language and the c...

  • Les Trois Mousquetaires Year 7 Workshop

    In November, our Year 7 French groups took part in a French workshop called ‘Les Trois Mousquetaires’. It was delivered in Frenc...


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!