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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

  • Stephen Perse Foundation recognised in annual school awards Sunday Times East Anglia Independent Secondary School of the Decade

    The Stephen Perse Foundation, a family of leading independent co-educational schools in Cambridge and Saffron Walden, has been recognised in...

    26
    Nov
  • Inspire and Guide speakers continue to share their stories through virtual sessions

    An important part of our Inspire and Guide curriculum for years 10 and 11 is to hear from speakers from varying career paths to sh...

    20
    Nov
  • Sixth Form medicine, dentistry and veterinary applicants participate in mock interviews

    Students applying to medical, veterinary and dentistry schools now have to participate in multiple interviews at many universities when they...

    13
    Nov
  • The Sixth Form travels back in time to the 70s to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices!

    On Friday 23 October, the Sixth Form held a 1970s-themed dress-up day to fundraise for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (E...

    10
    Nov
  • Year 12 Skeeting champion tells us more about the sport

    Last month Year 12 student Maddie won the Olympic Skeet Shooting Pathway Championships in Nuthampstead. We wanted to ask her more...

    02
    Nov
  • Gold medal winning alumna talks to sporting students about her success

    With sports fixtures suspended this term due to Covid-19, the Stephen Perse Sports Department has made a special effort to continue to offer...

    29
    Oct
  • Stephen Perse Foundation announces appointment of new Chief Financial Officer

    Stephen Perse has announced Hayley Richardson as the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer. Hayley will join us in January 2021 from he...

    26
    Oct
  • Newsletters 23 October 2020

    Follow the links below to read the school newsletters sent to parents on Friday 23 October 2020:

    23
    Oct
  • What our Sixth Form drama students have been learning this term

    Year 13 A level Drama and theatre students perform their component 2 devised piece Inspired by the theories and practice of theatre compa...

    20
    Oct
  • Sew Positive - Senior School Charity of the Autumn Term

    Alumni Relations Officer Melissa Santiago-Val originally partnered with fellow creative Jane Horwood during lockdown, making vibrant communi...

    19
    Oct
  • How bad communication crashes airplanes and costs lives​​​​​​​

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Adrian Boyle to Stephen Perse, consultant emergency physician at Addenbrookes Hospital, to talk to Senior Sc...

    13
    Oct
  • Alumna ordained at St Paul's Cathedral

    Georgina Elsey attended The Perse School for Girls, in Pollock House, between 2000 and 2008. She celebrated the 125th anniversary of the sch...

    09
    Oct

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!