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No more space to expand; they’ve squeezed as much in as they can. Creative use of space though. Bright and airy with all mod cons. Bright children, friendly and entertaining and oh so polite – manners are important here (hurrah). Independent thinkers with individual approach given to each pupil. ‘They are like sponges at this age,’ said the pre-prep head, ‘and seem to absorb everything. The learner is at the centre of every decision and each child is treated as an individual.’ This was very much backed up by the parents. ‘They really…

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What the school says...

The Stephen Perse Junior School helps pupils to discover a love of learning and learn a love of discovery. We aim to develop inquiring, reflective, open-minded young people, prepared for the opportunities of the 21st century and equipped to play an active role in an increasingly international world.

We are co-educational, but use a diamond model of learning, to offer a 21st century version of single sex education. In core subjects, boys and girls are taught separately between the ages of 9 to 16, whilst still socialising and learning together in other subjects.

This profile also includes the Stephen Perse Pre-Prep School for 3 to 7 year olds which offers a choice of two locations either central Cambridge or rural Madingley, where we deliver parallel classes, full of creativity and fun.
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What the parents say...

With 2 girls and a boy at the junior school and pre-prep in the city, I can honestly say we have never regretted our decision to send them here. The children are all nurtured as little individuals. Their confidence grows constantly, and they always amaze me with what they have learned - my 5 year old tells me about artists I have never heard of, converses in Spanish when on holiday and can read books meant for 7 year olds fluently. None of my children has ever asked for a day off school, and my eldest even cried when she was sick one day (in assessment week!) and could not go in and see her friends. The heads know every child and every family, and the way that they ease the children into each change of year / step up through the school is exceptional. I cannot speak highly enough of the establishment.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of junior school

Since 2007, Katie Milne BEd (Cantab) education and geography. Originally from Dundee but with very little trace of the accent. Joined the school in 1979 and was acting head twice before appointed head in 2007. Friendly and competent, clearly stands no nonsense but not scary. Revered by all. ‘So impressive, she is very on the ball.’ And, ‘she has great foresight and experience,’ from another happy parent. Teaches RS to transition years, 3 and 6. Knows all pupils and parents. Practical with great common sense. Currently overseeing the inclusion of boys up to year 6 and the introduction of the diamond structure.

Head of the pre-prep is Sarah Holyoake.


Pre-prep is oversubscribed and there’s a waiting list, particularly now the junior school is co-ed. Each applicant is assessed informally...

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