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Dr Stephen Perse was a man of vision who, back in the 17th century, believed that education should be a right rather than a privilege, accessible to those with ability rather than dependent on income. 

Dr Perse, a fellow of Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge died in 1615 and his Will included a bequest of land for the establishment of a 'Grammar Free Schoole'.

The land became The Perse School, originally reserved for boys, but in 1881 the Perse School for Girls opened as part of the 19th century movement to educate women. From the Perse School for Girls we have evolved to become the Stephen Perse Foundation. In more recent years we have grown, and we now provide a complete educational pathway for boys and girls from age 3 to 18. 

Our co-educational 6th Form College opened in 2008 and our Pre-Prep welcomed girls and boys to Madingley in 2010 and to our City site in Cambridge in 2012.

In 2013, the Sunday Times named us the IB School of the Year for the second time. We also expanded our family of schools by merging with Dame Bradbury's School in Saffron Walden.

Girls and boys in Junior SchoolOur Junior School welcomed boys for the first time in September 2014, establishing our Diamond model – unique in Cambridge – which allows us to offer the academic benefits of single-sex learning, alongside the social advantages of a co-educational environment.  

In 2014, we won the coveted title of Independent School of the Year for "reinventing the school and creating a community of learners fit for the 21st century".

With a clear vision for the future of education, we recently announced a pioneering building project for our Senior School: a five-storey building with a roof-top sports pitch, the first of its kind in Cambridge, as well as a Sport England-standard four court sports hall, activity space with viewing area, ten classrooms and an additional learning hub.

From September 2017, we look forward to welcoming boys in to our Senior School for the first time – completing our innovative Diamond model and offering boys the same access to our excellent education as girls.