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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

  • Dame Bradbury’s Annual Charity Day raises funds for the Paediatric Day Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital

    On Friday 20 May, Sutherland House hosted their annual Charity Day.

  • Year 5 Peak District Residential

    In early May, the Year 5 students from Junior School Dame Bradbury's and Junior School Fitzwilliam Building embarked on an exciting resi...

  • Stephen Perse football students visit Real Madrid

    60 Stephen Perse students went on a once-in-a-lifetime football tour at Real Madrid football club in Spain.

  • Meriol Penn 1928-2023

    We were very sorry to hear of the death of Meriol Penn, who was a pupil at the Perse Girls School in Cambridge during the Second World...

  • British Museum Trip Review by Ilaria Year 11

    British Museum Trip Review by Ilaria Year 11.

  • Children's Mental Health Week theme 'Let's Connect'

    Following an idea put forward by Hannah S in a friendship group in Year 7, Year 8 decided to express their inter-connectedness by joining to...

  • Boarding students attend Ely Cathedral’s live screening of King’s Coronation

    A group of our Sixth Form boarding students visited Ely Cathedral on the morning of the 6 May, accompanied by one of our graduate assis...

  • Junior School Dame Bradbury's Celebrate the Coronation

    Year 1 pupils at Junior School Dame Bradbury’s have created posters to celebrate the King’s Coronation on Saturday 6 May...

  • The Sixth Form Enrichment Play - Not Half Bard

    A retelling of the greatest works of Shakespeare (abridged). Written by Ms Kim Albone (with a little help from Mr Will Shakespeare himself...

  • Lunchtime Talk - Paul Holland

    Paul Holland who is currently Director of Communications at Trinity Hall Cambridge came to the Sixth Form to give an inspiring talk.

  • Humanities Lunchtime Lecture

    Earlier this term, the Humanities Faculty launched a new ‘Lunchtime Lectures’ series, which will give students the opportunity t...

  • Year 8 visit the Principal's office to see their artwork on display

    Selected paintings by Year 8 are currently being exhibited in the Principal’s office.


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!