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After 126 years as Perse Girls, the school underwent a transformation and emerged in 2007 as the Stephen Perse Foundation with a fresh approach to the education of both girls and boys in Cambridge. Though not flashy in the least, no expense has been spared on educational resources, with interactive whiteboards in every room, write-on walls in many and an iPad issued to every student, free of charge. The whole school screams collaboration, from the classroom walls covered in ‘surprisingly expensive’ write-on paint...

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Our school buzzes with activity from dawn ‘til dusk – as students pursue their ambitions in the classroom and beyond.

In our close community each individual student shines – supported and encouraged by committed, brilliant teachers. We feed curiosity, encouraging our students to pursue their interests, and crucially, we teach young people to think for themselves.

Our approach to learning has both breadth and depth. Pupils excel academically, but that’s not the whole picture. From sporting victories and dazzling stage performances, to the creative arts, clubs and societies – there’s plenty of time dedicated to igniting new interests and exploring talents, through enriched learning.

From our Visual Arts Centre to our rooftop sports pitch and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provision – our students learn in a dynamic setting, whilst also receiving a high level of academic support and pastoral care.

I warmly invite you to come and see us in action.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since September 2019, Dr Andrew Kemp, previously head of senior school at Wells Cathedral School. He has an MSc and an EdD in maths education from Warwick and an MBA from UCL. He taught maths and ICT at Warwick School before moving to Taunton School as head of maths, then Wells Cathedral as director of studies, becoming deputy head and then head of senior school. He's also trained teachers round the world in using technology to teach maths - a particular interest of his. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading and engaging with the arts.

Principal is Tricia Kelleher, previously head of Perse School for Girls, now ‘effectively chief executive’ of the Stephen Perse Foundation of seven schools which is largely her brainchild. Today SPF offers a seamless learning...

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Special Education Needs

Dyslexia At the Stephen Perse Foundation there are a number of pupils who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. All staff have received inset training in strategies for teaching pupils with dyslexia. Extra time is provided in tests and examinations as required. English A number of the pupils have extra support lessons to help them with English and for some pupils, English is a second language. Nut allergies and epilepsy All staff have training in administering an Epipen as there are a number of pupils with nut allergies. Staff have also received advice on teaching pupils with epilepsy. School nurse A full time school nurse advises staff on pupils with special medical needs, eg asthma or diabetes, and the school liaises with local specialist diabetes and asthma nurses. Parents of pupils with special medical needs are encouraged to speak to the school nurse.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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