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Who we are

We are 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

  • 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.

  • New catering and cleaning partnership with Chartwells Independent

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

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

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

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

    Wonderful successes in Junior Maths Challenge for our young mathematicians

  • Remembering Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Perse staff and students paid tribute to Stephen Hawking at his memorial service in Westminster Abbey last week - here, 6th Form stu...

  • BMX World Cup victory for Beth Shriever

    Our very own Beth Shriever wins the UCI BMX World Cup final in Belgium. She offers some advice for students interested in BMX...

  • Fundraising for the Maddi Foundation

    Sara Gustafsson discusses the importance of the Maddi Foundation and community spirit within Dame B's

  • British National Swimming Championships

    Year 10 student Zara takes on the best of Britain's swimmers this July 

  • Multiple successes for SPF students in Orienteering Leagues

    Jemima and Sophie take the orienteering world by storm

  • GDPR update from the Foundation

    How will GDPR impact us and you and what have we been doing to prepare? 

  • SPF alumna leads her Oxford team to the University Challenge Grand Final

    Leonie Woodland skilfully captained Merton College, Oxford to the 2018 University Challenge Grand Final, to battle against St John's Col...

  • Bessie the travelling teddy connects us with classrooms across the world

    Bessie is one of 17 teddies travelling the world to raise awareness of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals amongst young childre...

  • Principal's blog

    The 'untidy' education our young people desperately need

    What can we do to ensure that our young people are learners for the lives they will lead? Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, argues that it's time to think differently about education.

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Our approach to learning

Today's young learners will go on to shape tomorrow's world. We believe that is our responsibility as teachers 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 creative curriculum, we foster a global outlook, digital citizenship, individuality and independent thought - empowering our pupils to succeed in tomorrow's world and the workplace of the future.

As well as being committed to academic excellence, we understand the importance of an education which values the immeasurable as well as the measurable. Our distinctive Learning Wheel illustrates our forward-thinking approach to education, putting our learners at its core.

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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!