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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

  • Ex-Chelsea player coaches Stephen Perse girls football team to success

    The Students at Stephen Perse Foundation senior school celebrated its U13 girls football team’s greatest achievement, as the squad sco...

  • Year 8 Student Yush Volunteers at the Rama Foundation

    In July 2022, Year 8 student, Yush D, joined his parents as a volunteer on a three week charity trip to India for Rama Foundation, a UK regi...

  • First year at Cambridge University - Reflections of a Stephen Perse alumna Elizabeth Eaton-Banks

    Back in August of 2021 I picked up my results from school and then headed down the road to buy my Fitzwilliam College gown.

  • Meet the Music Department

    Between us, the members of the music department - Matthew Rudd, Cherry Blanchard, Kiran Roberts and Christopher Dexter-Mills - have taught a...

  • Success in the Oxford Choral Scholarship Trials

    We are delighted to announce that Georgia (Oriel College) and Nadia (Pembroke College) have been successful in the recent Oxford choral scho...

  • Drama Trip to London

    Our Year 11-13 Drama students spent a day at The National Theatre on the Southbank in London.

  • History enrichment ‘Cambridge is our Campus’

    We have had a great start to the History enrichment 'Cambridge is our Campus' this term, enjoying the amazing experiences on our doo...

  • WW1 Year 9 History event

    The term began for Year 9 in martial fashion with a presentation from Corporal Knight, AKA Dickie Knight of Anglia Tours.

  • Art scholars photo workshop/talk with East Anglian young photographer

    To continue to develop the provision for the Art scholars at Stephen Perse, the Art Scholars Programme aims to provide a variety of experien...

  • Protein Data Bank Art Project 2021-22

    Year 12 Art A Level and enrichment group students have been learning about the relationships between Art and Science as part of the PDB Art...

  • Co-curricular Activities Update

    Outdoor Education has gone from strength to strength, with students being able to access indoor climbing, paddlesports, sailing, bushcraft a...

  • Sport Update 11-18

    It is always good to welcome so many students back to sports clubs and to see lots of new faces attending. This bodes well for our teams and...


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!