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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

  • Sixth Form Success at Young Enterprise Company Scheme

    Young Enterprise (YE) is the leading charity empowering young people to develop personal and business skills.

  • Year 6 Visit Bletchley Park

    On Tuesday 26 April, Year 6 pupils from the Junior Schools, Dame Bradbury’s and Fitzwilliam Building, journeyed back in time to 1941 a...

  • Year 5 Peak District Trip

    In the last week of April, Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic week in the Peak District.

  • MFL Eastern Region Debating Competition

    We are extremely proud of our French and Spanish Year 12 students' performance at The Perse Upper School's Eastern Region Debat...

  • Music for Youth Regional Festival

    Dame Bradbury's and Fitzwilliam Building Junior Schools, along with other schools in Cambridgeshire, travelled to the Senior School...

  • A note from our new Head of Outdoor Education, Russell McAlinden

    I have a zest for adventure and a passion for being outdoors.

  • Dame Bradbury's 500 Year Anniversary Concert at Saffron Hall

    On Friday 25 March, pupils and alumni flooded the stage of Saffron Hall for a historic evening of music, exploring the evolution of music th...

  • Year 8 Visit Hampton Court Palace

    Year 8 student Isabeau H tells us all about the Hampton Court Palace Trip. 

  • Junior School Fitzwilliam Building - Year 5 Trip to IWM Duxford

    On Thursday 17 March Junior School Fitzwilliam Building Year 5 visited The Imperial War Museum Duxford as part of their topic ‘Are we...

  • Year 9 Production 'The Ratz' by Simon Adorian, Directed by Miss Kim Albone

    Based on the traditional story ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, our Year 9 production is a cautionary tale that feels quite relevant...

  • Classics Department Update - Trips

    Studying 'off the page' is central to bringing the ancient world to life, and we've been delighted to be able to return to a vib...

  • Sixth Form History Society Talk by Professor Widdis

    The Sixth Form History Society invited Professor Widdis from Cambridge University to share her knowledge and passion for Soviet era culture...


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!