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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

  • Sixth Form Trip to the Tate Modern and the Courtauld Institute of Art

    Students Katie and Dasha share their thoughts on the trip to the Tate Modern and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

  • Sixth Form Geography Field Trip to Crandale

    Students Heart V, Adam R-B, Julia L, Beth H and Justin W share their experiences of the Geography Field Trip to Crandale.

  • Sixth Form students visit Making Modernism Exhibition at the Royal Academy

    The German Department took the Sixth Form Germanists to see the ‘Making Modernism’ Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

  • Review: La Maison Hantée performed by the Onatti company

    All pupils studying French in Year 8-Year 9 and Year 10 had the opportunity to watch an interactive comedy called, ‘La Maison Hant...

  • Careers and Guidance Talk - Áine Deane

    Year 11 student Frank OM shares his thoughts on the Careers and Guidance Talk by Aine Deane.

  • Stephen Perse Sixth Form students discuss careers with world-leading universities and employers

    Year 12 students enjoyed meeting representatives from leading universities, employers and diverse alumni successfully pursuing exciting and...

  • Dame Bradbury’s girls progress to national football final

    Dame Bradbury’s Junior School’s U11 Girls’ football team has qualified for the Independent Schools Football Association (I...

  • Year 11 and 12 Art and Design Trip to Tate Britain and the V&A

    Students Frank O, Lucy G and Rebecka M share their thoughts on the art and design trip to Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum in...

  • Alumna Kirsten Smith - History Oxbridge Talk

    Kirsten Smith, who left Stephen Perse in 2018, kindly came to talk to the Sixth Form students about studying History at the University of Ox...

  • Dame Bradbury’s Year 4 Pupil’s action packed residential trip to Grafham Water

    Grafham Water is England’s third largest reservoir and is nestled in 1500 acres of beautiful countryside and has been designated as a...

  • 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...


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!