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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 3 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

  • Inspire Me: Ben Miller and Ed Byrne

    The Stephen Perse Foundation was lucky enough to be visited by comedians Ben Miller and Ed Byrne for a series of fascinating talks...

    29
    Nov
  • Year 5 pupils beat 20,000 other schools to win national science prize

    Three Year 5 pupils from the Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School have won the CLEAPSS Primary Science Competition, beating pupils fr...

    23
    Nov
  • Students' desk doodles to become part of global art project

    We are proud to be participating in Oscar Murillo's global art project 'Frequencies', a collaboration that maps out yo...

    12
    Nov
  • B the Change - sustainability week at Dame B's

    B The Change saw a dramatic collapse of our timetable, which was then rebuilt to reflect a medley of lessons, taking on a sustainable focus...

    19
    Oct
  • SPF Classics Dept reshapes the future of Classics Teaching

    The Stephen Perse Classics department are celebrating an exciting new approach to KS3 Latin teaching as their new textbook is published by B...

    02
    Oct
  • CCSS joins the Stephen Perse Foundation’s award-winning family of schools

    We are pleased to announce that Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies (CCSS) has joined our highly acclaimed and award-winning family of s...

    03
    Sep
  • Stephen Perse students celebrate fantastic GCSE results

    It's another successful GCSE year at the Stephen Perse Foundation, with 81% of entries graded A* or A (or 9/8/7 in the new gra...

    22
    Aug
  • Impressive A Level results for Stephen Perse students

    Students at the Stephen Perse 6th Form College are once again celebrating stellar A Level results, with 37% of students achie...

    15
    Aug
  • Call to action on climate change at Speech Day 2018

    We were thrilled to welcome renowned climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE to our Senior School and 6th Form Speech Day 2018.

    11
    Jul
  • New catering and cleaning partnership with Chartwells Independent

    New dining experiences are on the horizon for Stephen Perse schools next term.

    06
    Jul
  • Isaac becomes 1500m National Champion in a record-breaking time!

    Isaac in Year 7 becomes National Champion in U13 1500m!

    03
    Jul
  • Year 7 & 8 Maths Challenge success in Junior Maths Challenge

    Wonderful successes in Junior Maths Challenge for our young mathematicians

    28
    Jun
  • Principal's blog

    Doing the right thing when truth is hard to find

    We must ensure our young learners understand how important it is to do the right thing, however hard that may be, explains Tricia Kelleher. 

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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!