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Now a fully co-ed academic school and a ‘cosmopolitan meritocracy’ which prepares students well for the real world, not just intellectually but also emotionally. Sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits… there’s even rocketry at the prep to prepare pupils for the award-winning rocketry society at the Upper. Although common sense prevails in all corners of the school and its operation, there is room here too for eccentrics. Competition for places at The Perse is not as fierce as rumour would have it and pales into insignificance next to London’s bunfight ...

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

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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.





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Since 2008, Edward Elliott (40s), who has been at the school since 1997. Educated at The Royal Grammar School, Worcester, then St Anne's College, Oxford, where he got a first in geography. Tried commerce (a graduate trainee at De La Rue) but quickly moved to teaching at the Whitgift School in Surrey. Married to Sue, a paediatrician, with two young daughters and a son. Certainly a finger very firmly on the pulse at The Perse as well as in the wider education community, though ‘not swayed by current trends in education to make knee-jerk reactions,’ surmised a parent.

Head of prep since 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...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The School normally screens all pupils in their first term at the school. If extra learning support is thought to be necessary it is arranged and paid for by parents. Learning support tuition mostly takes place outside school hours, and pupils are not normally withdrawn from timetabled lessons for this purpose. If the school considers that further assessment is needed, a referral may be made to an outside agency, such as an educational psychologist. The costs of any such assessment are paid by the parents. A member of staff has the role of Head of Learning Support, organises the screening process and liaises with the Heads of Section and teachers. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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