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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

  • Stephen Perse announces 'excellent' results from Independent Schools Inspection

    The report of the recent Independent Schools Inspection that took place at the Stephen Perse Foundation on 12-15 October 2021 has just been...

  • Stephen Perse celebrates partnership with North Cambridge Academy

    This week, the Stephen Perse Foundation is pleased to be supporting the Independent School Council’s (ISC) Partnership Week, by celebr...

  • The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

    The Stephen Perse Foundation will be taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge starting on #GivingTuesday, 30 November at midday and c...

  • Year 6 Outdoor learning inspired by Remembrance Day

    On Thursday 11 November, Year 6 went to Latham Road for an Outdoor Learning session inspired by Remembrance Day.

  • Year 4 Collaboration Day - Fire and Ice Olympics

    Year 4 enjoyed an active Collaboration Day at Dame Bradbury’s taking part in the Fire and Ice Olympics.

  • Dr Bronwyn Claire talks to students at Inspire and Guide event

     Students in years 10 and 11 attended a fascinating inspire and Guide talk by Dr Bronwyn Claire, Senior Programme Manager for ClimateWi...

  • SPF Netball Team crowned U19 Netball County Champions

    The SPF U19 Netball Team were crowned netball county champions after a string of excellent performances at the U19 County Schools Competitio...

  • Wandlebury Country Park Trip

    At the end of September our Year 2 pupils enjoyed a trip to Wandlebury Country Park.

  • 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.


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!