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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 uses origami, 3D models and more to develop their spatial learning skills

    Last week lessons across Dame Bradbury's Junior School focused on spatial learning, the ability to perceive, analyse, and unde...

    05
    May
  • Parents invited to sign up for socially-distanced open day tours this autumn

    As lockdown eases and restrictions lessen, Stephen Perse has announced the dates of the open day tours at each school in the Foundation...

    26
    Apr
  • Year 10 use career-matching tool to help choose their Sixth Form options

    As part of the Stephen Perse Guidance and Support programme, Year 10 have been taking the Morrisby Careers Profile Assessment.

    26
    Apr
  • Biased or balanced?

    If a newspaper or magazine article is biased, it means that it takes sides and does not give a fair representation of both sides of an argum...

    19
    Apr
  • In Memory of HRH Prince Philip

    A personal note from Dr Woodward, Award Manager at Stephen Perse for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

    12
    Apr
  • Stephen Perse shortlisted for Tes Independent School Technology Award

    Stephen Perse has been shortlisted for the Best use of technology award category in the 2021 Tes Independent School Awards. The award recogn...

    26
    Mar
  • Year 9 drama student speaks to the BBC about the £400m pledged to the arts sector

    Recently Year 9 Alison alongside other members of the Young Actors Company, a collection of acting groups for up to 18 year olds...

    26
    Mar
  • Year 12 talk to universities, alumni and professionals at our careers and guidance fair

    Following in the tradition of the last two years we were delighted to be able to host our Annual Careers and Guidance day on Wednesday 17...

    18
    Mar
  • Year 12 speak to four world-renowned London colleges for university application advice

    On Monday we were delighted to welcome four London Colleges; London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Kings Co...

    18
    Mar
  • Year 12 take part in a virtual work experience workshop

    As part of our Sixth Form Guidance Programme, Year 12 students recently attended an annual work experience workshop...

    02
    Mar
  • Boarding students make their own pasta as part of an Italian cookery class

    Boarding students at St Barnabas House have recently taken part in an Italian cookery class given by the Head Chef. It was a chance to learn...

    26
    Feb
  • Year 12 art students visit the Curwen Print Study Centre to expand their knowledge of printing techniques

    Year 12 art students Sarah M and Lily R visited the Curwen Print Study Centre in Cambridge to gain a deeper understanding of a variety...

    15
    Feb

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!