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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

  • Student success in Cyclocross

    Cyclocross is a mix of athletic endeavours, combining riding and running over a mixed course which could include tarmac, mud, sand, steps an...

  • Principal's Newsletter 22 October 2021

    Click below to read issue 001 of the 11-18 Principal's Newsletter.

  • Year 5 Collaboration day

    Finally after a long two-year wait, Year 5 pupils were able to meet up again in person for a Collaboration Day.

  • Olympic Gold Medallist Beth Shriever returns to Dame Bradbury's

    Dame Bradbury’s had a very special visitor on Friday 8 October, BMX Olympic gold medallist at Tokyo 2020, Beth Shriever.

  • Year 6 Collaboration - focus on climate action

    The Year 6 collaboration started with Mr Gildea’s inspiring talk of his yachting trip around the world. He amazed the pupils with his...

  • Miss Mary Rose Bateman, Headmistress of The Perse School for Girls from January 1981 to March 1989, sadly passed away on 8 September 2021 at the age of 86

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Miss Mary Rose Bateman, Headmistress of The Perse School for Girls from Januar...

  • Year 7 Residential Trip

    Our Year 7s have had a brilliant first night on their residential trip, participating in beach games, film night and swimming. 

  • Stephen Perse Foundation announces outstanding GCSE results

    Students at the Stephen Perse Foundation have once again achieved outstanding results in this year's GCSEs. 46% of all entries were grad...

  • Year 8 take part in research projects as part of their science festival

    Last term, Year 8 students took part in the Stephen Perse Year 8 Science Festival. This year’s theme was energy and students...

  • Stephen Perse Foundation announces A Level results

    Students in the Sixth Form at the Stephen Perse Foundation have once again achieved outstanding results in this year’s A Levels with 5...

  • Stephen Perse students come joint 6th at the Yvette Baker orienteering competition

    Last month three of our students, Year 11 Jemima, Year 10 Sophie and Year 8 Eleanor, represented the West Anglian Orienteering Club (WA...

  • Congratulations to Bethany Shriever, former Stephen Perse Foundation teaching assistant, for Olympic gold medal success

    The Stephen Perse Foundation is incredibly proud of former part-time teaching assistant Beth Shriever on her gold winning performance at the...


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!