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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

  • Boarders continue with remote learning from St Barnabas House

    The boarding house is quieter than usual this term due to lockdown but for those students still present, boarding life is continuing as clos...

    20
    Jan
  • Successful first full week of remote learning

    Our first full week of remote learning has come to an end and although remote learning is no longer a novelty for our staff and pupils it ce...

    15
    Jan
  • Hyacinth tradition marks the 140th birthday of the Foundation

    Despite the pandemic and the restrictions that this has imposed, Rosemary Tice (Geography and Biology teacher, 1965-1990) and Katie Milne (J...

    15
    Jan
  • Little Shop of Horrors - Year 13 students perform Act 2 of the show

    In the last week of the Autumn term we finally performed our Year 13 extract of the Autumn term production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors...

    05
    Jan
  • Newsletters 11 December 2020

    Follow the links below to read the school newsletters sent to parents on Friday 11 December 2020:

    11
    Dec
  • Year 8 pupil is runner up in Royal National Institute of Blind People award

    Year 8 pupil Theo has been announced as one of the runner ups in the 'Best Community Contributor' category in the Royal Na...

    08
    Dec
  • Senior School pupils secure places in elite netball programmes

    Many congratulations to five of our year 11 netball team,  and 2 of our former pupils now in year 12, who have successfully secured a p...

    08
    Dec
  • Autumn term production of Little Shop of Horrors

    In the last week of November, our Year 10, 11 and 12 casts gave truly fabulous final performances of their extracts of ‘Little Shop of...

    07
    Dec
  • Stephen Perse Foundation recognised in annual school awards Sunday Times East Anglia Independent Secondary School of the Decade

    The Stephen Perse Foundation, a family of leading independent co-educational schools in Cambridge and Saffron Walden, has been recognised in...

    26
    Nov
  • Inspire and Guide speakers continue to share their stories through virtual sessions

    An important part of our Inspire and Guide curriculum for years 10 and 11 is to hear from speakers from varying career paths to sh...

    20
    Nov
  • Sixth Form medicine, dentistry and veterinary applicants participate in mock interviews

    Students applying to medical, veterinary and dentistry schools now have to participate in multiple interviews at many universities when they...

    13
    Nov
  • The Sixth Form travels back in time to the 70s to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices!

    On Friday 23 October, the Sixth Form held a 1970s-themed dress-up day to fundraise for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (E...

    10
    Nov

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!