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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

  • Imogen Grant selected for the GB Rowing Team for Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

    We are delighted to see that alumna Imogen Grant, who left Stephen Perse in 2012, has been selected for the GB Rowing Team for this sum...

  • Year 10 geography pupils explore the environmental quality of the local area

    Our Year 10 geographers recently used the nearby CB1 redevelopment to investigate whether regeneration had improved the...

  • Sixth Form Student President Team introduces student passes to Cambridge Botanic Garden

    We spoke to Year 12 Nadia, Co-chair of Charities for the Sixth Form Student President Team, about successfully introducing free passes to th...

  • Theatre enrichment students devise and perform 'A Play About Many Things'

    Through our theatre enrichment programme, Year 12 students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of different options and t...

  • Year 8 perform production of Beauty and the Beast

    Our 2021 Year 8 production of Beauty and the Beast feels like a particularly special achievement this year. It has taken a full 18 months to...

  • Drama students solve murder mystery at live theatre experience

    As theatres begin to reopen across the country, we are looking forward to arranging live theatre visits for our drama students and scho...

  • Year 12 students learn from recent alumni about renowned university courses and destinations

    The opportunity for Year 12s to ask questions on an informal basis from those Stephen Perse graduates who are currently studying at renowned...

  • "It's so good to get out there again!" - local trips resume at Stephen Perse as Year 12 visit Southwold

    As Covid restrictions slowly ease, local trips at Stephen Perse are beginning to take place again. Recently our A Level geography stude...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...


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!