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  • The Perse Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory School
    Trumpington Road
    CB2 8EX
  • Head: Mr James Piper
  • T 01223 403920
  • F 01223 403921
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 436
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £12,516 - £14,535 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: The Perse School

What says..

Of course the school is academic, with intellectual, fast-paced, sparkling learning, but there’s also an emphasis on extracurricular activities – not just 'a school for bright nerds and geeks’. Sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits… there’s even...

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What the school says...

A happy and purposeful, fully co-educational place of learning where children achieve high academic standards within the context of a first class, all round education. The School possesses outstanding classroom and creative arts facilities, complemented by first rate sports fields, an Astro Turf and extensive play areas.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2014, James Piper BA PGCE (30s). Previously deputy head of Bilton Grange. Educated at S Anselm’s and Repton. Read classics at Durham, PGCE from Pembroke College, Cambridge, and is completing a masters in educational leadership at the University of Buckingham. Started teaching career at Aysgarth, then spent 11 years at the Dragon School (was head of classics and housemaster of year 6 boys’ full boarding house). Married, with three children. Outside interests include cricket and golf.

Head of pre-prep: Mrs Sarah Waddington, BSc MA PGCE.


By assessment: 'observed play' for nursery (32 places) and reception (about eight places); entry into prep for external applicants (another 30 places) by the school’s own entrance tests in English and maths and verbal reasoning, as well as an interview and report from the...

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Special Education Needs

The School has a Head of Learning Support with a remit to maximise opportunities for all children who need individual support and enable them to reach their full potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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