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A secure, well ordered environment filled with conscientious pupils who have a clear sense of direction - greater freedom in the sixth form produces more of a bustle. Ethos which builds self esteem - 'they're good at making the pupils feel good about themselves,' said a parent. Arty or sciency pigeon-holing is minimal and all areas shine, from single sciences to languages - a goodly clutch including Greek and Latin. Fine facilities; a recently-refurbed 'designer' library where books can be ordered or computers accessed, science labs aplenty and a funky…

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What the school says...

The Stephen Perse Foundation comprises six independent, co-educational schools in and around Cambridge. Together, these schools provide a complete educational pathway for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 years. The Stephen Perse Pre-Prep at Madingley and Cambridge City (age 3-7), Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School (age 7-11), Stephen Perse Foundation Senior School (girls aged 11-16, boys joining in 2017) and the Stephen Perse 6th Form College (age 16-18). Dame Bradbury's School in Saffron Walden, a non-selective Pre-Prep and Prep for children aged 3-11 completes the Foundation.

Our Senior School will welcome boys from September 2017. This will complete our diamond model of education, which delivers single-sex learning for the 21st century. Boys and girls learn in separate classes for core subjects, but work together in the arts, sports and outside the classroom from age 9 to 16.

We prepare young people for life in an ever-changing, global and digital world. By learning to think for themselves, our pupils achieve exceptional results – but for us, education is not just about grades. It’s about strength of character, a sense of social responsibility, and learning to innovate and collaborate. We recognise potential in every student, in all its forms and opportunities to excel in sport, on the stage or in the arts are integral to learning. We inspire young people to achieve their dreams and guide them every step of the way.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE)


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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Mr David Walker, previously deputy head at Wellington College, where he has also been head of physics and housemaster. Physics and philosophy degree from Bristol; after three years teaching physics at Clifton College, he went off to Cameroon via VSO as head of science at a high school for two years. He returned as a physics teacher at Whitgift before joining Wellington in 2006.

Academic matters

How is it done? Eighty-eight per cent A*/A at GCSE in 2016 with the vast majority taking 11 and some even managing 12. And about a third play an instrument. Answer - very able pupils plus a combination of high quality teaching ('we appreciate just how bright our teachers are'), an examy environment, excellent reporting ('they really know and understand the pupils'), maximum class size of 24,...

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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
Not Applicable
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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