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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 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

  • Combating the rise of nationalism at Cambridge Model United Nations 2019

    The Stephen Perse Foundation hosted the second edition of the Cambridge Model United Nations, in which 200 delegates took part.

    15
    Mar
  • Learning and collaborating in new strategic partnership with North Cambridge Academy

    The Stephen Perse Foundation has announced an exciting partnership with North Cambridge Academy.

    14
    Feb
  • Welcoming visitors from across the world to share expertise in innovative learning practices

    The Stephen Perse Foundation recently welcomed delegations from France, South Africa and China, to share our expertise and to coll...

    08
    Feb
  • The Tansy Beetle goes viral

    Year 10 student Lily goes viral with a hugely important video and message about declining biodiversity. 

    01
    Feb
  • 'What it truly means to be a leader': Dr Attaullah Wahidyar inspires Year 10

    Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, Dr Attaullah Wahidyar visited the Stephen Perse Foundation and spoke abo...

    28
    Jan
  • Meat Free Mondays return to the Foundation

    Meat Free Monday returns to the Stephen Perse Foundation throughout the Spring Term

    10
    Jan
  • Welcome to Fat Sam's Grand Slam!

    Ms Barrell gives the inside scoop on the Stephen Perse production of Bugsy Malone.

    11
    Dec
  • Inspire Me: Ben Miller and Ed Byrne

    The Stephen Perse Foundation was lucky enough to be visited by comedians Ben Miller and Ed Byrne for a series of fascinating talks...

    29
    Nov
  • Year 5 pupils beat 20,000 other schools to win national science prize

    Three Year 5 pupils from the Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School have won the CLEAPSS Primary Science Competition, beating pupils fr...

    23
    Nov
  • Students' desk doodles to become part of global art project

    We are proud to be participating in Oscar Murillo's global art project 'Frequencies', a collaboration that maps out yo...

    12
    Nov
  • B the Change - sustainability week at Dame B's

    B The Change saw a dramatic collapse of our timetable, which was then rebuilt to reflect a medley of lessons, taking on a sustainable focus...

    19
    Oct
  • SPF Classics Dept reshapes the future of Classics Teaching

    The Stephen Perse Classics department are celebrating an exciting new approach to KS3 Latin teaching as their new textbook is published by B...

    02
    Oct
  • Principal's blog

    The power of language learning and music in a world divided

    As Brexit saturates the media, Tricia Kelleher celebrates the power of language learning and musical opportunity to do good, both within our schools and in the world beyond.

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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!