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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

  • Tracy Handford appointed as Interim Vice Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation

    Tracy Handford, currently Vice Principal 3-11, has been appointed Interim Vice Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation.  Mrs Handford...

  • Exceptional GCSE results

    The Stephen Perse Foundation (SPF), a family of schools educating girls and boys from nursery to sixth form in Saffron Walden and Cambridge...

  • Outstanding A-Level results

    In a year when the proportion of students achieving top grades at A Level is at its lowest level for a decade, the Stephen Perse Foundation...

  • Students achieve outstanding results from International Foundation Programme

    Last September, Stephen Perse Sixth Form Colleges introduced a new International Foundation Programme (IFP) to provide international student...

  • Stephen Perse Foundation announces outstanding IB Results

    Students who take the International Baccalaureate (IB) at the Stephen Perse Foundation (SPF) have achieved a remarkable average score of 40...

  • SPF student to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts

    Upper Sixth student Leo has been chosen to exhibit at the first ever Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. This ach...

  • SPF Maths teacher wins bronze medal in Touch Rugby World Cup

    Congratulations to Senior School Maths teacher, Vicki Franks, on winning a bronze medal in the 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup.

  • Combating the rise of nationalism at Cambridge Model United Nations 2019

    The Stephen Perse Foundation hosted the second edition of the Cambridge Model United Nations, in which 200 delegates took part.

  • Learning and collaborating in new strategic partnership with North Cambridge Academy

    The Stephen Perse Foundation has announced an exciting partnership with North Cambridge Academy.

  • Welcoming visitors from across the world to share expertise in innovative learning practices

    The Stephen Perse Foundation recently welcomed delegations from France, South Africa and China, to share our expertise and to coll...

  • The Tansy Beetle goes viral

    Year 10 student Lily goes viral with a hugely important video and message about declining biodiversity. 

  • 'What it truly means to be a leader': Dr Attaullah Wahidyar inspires Year 10

    Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, Dr Attaullah Wahidyar visited the Stephen Perse Foundation and spoke abo...

  • Principal's blog

    Together making every child’s future on this planet better

    Over the last few months the world has witnessed something quite extraordinary.

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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!