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The pressure is on but a lot seems to come from the pupils themselves. ‘My daughter was told to stop and relax and give herself a break,’ said one mother. ‘I was delighted.’ Every pupil has enrichment studies so compulsory time out from academic toil. Choices change every six weeks, offering chance to dip toes into different waters. Light and airy, making good use of the limited space they have with outside space for al fresco dining. Good quality coffee machines in the social spaces, ‘a must’, says the head. A good stepping-stone to university...

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What the school says...

At the Stephen Perse 6th Form we deliver outstanding results because we value individuality. By taking time to know and understand each student, we can offer exactly the right balance of support, inspiration and challenge. As the only independent College in Cambridge to offer both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) – we offer different routes to success. A modern, dynamic learning environment, exceptional academic support, plus a unique Guidance programme and plenty of time to explore the arts, music, sport and other interests ensures that students leave prepared for university and life beyond, equipped with the skills to be active global citizens. ...Read more

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Head of 6th form

Since September 2016, Simon Armitage, returning to the role he held from 2007-2013, when he helped to set up the college and was its first head. MA (Oxford, geography), MPhil (Cambridge, environment and development) and PGCE (Cambridge, geography and education). Began his career as an investment valuation surveyor before taking his PGCE and joining Colchester Royal Grammar to teach geography and economics. Has since spent his entire career within the Stephen Perse Foundation, including as director of communications and director of guidance - a role he still holds and which, we understand, is about 'next steps'.

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Offers both A levels and IB, 60:40 split, and results are impressive. IB average score was 40 in 2016, achieving the dizzy heights of 42 recently, being the equal top school in the world. At...

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