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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

  • Jazz on a Summer’s Evening

    Matthew Rudd, Director of Music, tells us about ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Evening’.

  • Year 8 Production ‘The Wardrobe’

    Helene Barrell, Head of Drama, tells us about the Year 8 Production ‘The Wardrobe’.

  • Year 10 IGCSE Drama Trip to London

    Helene Barrell, Head of Drama, tells us about the Year 10 IGCSE Drama trip to London.

  • Year 10 GCSE RS Trip to Walsingham

    Year 10 students Amalia SV and Elanaz M tell us about the Year 10 GCSE RS trip to Walsingham.

  • Art and Design Summer Exhibition 2023

    Rachel Bloomfield-Proud, Head of Visual Arts, tells us about the Art and Design Summer Exhibition.

  • The World of Work - Careers and Guidance Activity

    Year 10 students have been engaged with the continuation of our careers guidance thread which started with their introduction to work experi...

  • Outdoor Education and DofE Update

    Russell McAlinden, Head of Outdoor Education, updates us on the latest Outdoor Education and DofE news.

  • Stephen Perse Senior School Students Celebrate Impressive GCSE Results

    Stephen Perse Senior School students are celebrating impressive GCSE results, with 71% of GCSEs graded 7, 8 or 9.

  • Teen Tech Awards Finalists

    The Teen Tech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) and 16-19 (Years 12 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at pr...

  • Sixth Form Students Celebrate Impressive A Level Results

    Students at Stephen Perse Foundation are celebrating an excellent set of A Level results, 58% of grades were A* - A (or IB equivalent...

  • Year 13 student Catherine secures Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald

    Allison Curry, Head of Guidance, tells us about Catherine’s success in securing a Level 6 degree apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald...

  • Dame Bradbury’s pupils put on their Greatest Show!

    Year 6 pupils from Junior School Dame Bradbury’s gave a showstopping performance of the hit musical 'The Greatest Show'...


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!