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The Perse School



The Perse is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools, founded in 1615. We educate boys and girls from aged 3 - 18 on three separate sites. Children progress through three distinctive schools but benefit from being part of a larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system and access to first class facilities. The Sixth Form became co-educational in 1995 and the school's move to full co-education will be completed in September 2012.


We spark intellectual curiosity and encourage in students a love of learning. The Perse is a school where it is cool to succeed and Perse pupils regularly achieve some of the best public exam results in the country. The Perse School is ranked 25th in Britain and 1st in the East in a list of top independent schools published by The Sunday Times. The league table is based on A level and GCSE examination results in 2011. In 2011, 30 students were accepted at Oxford and Cambridge.

However, there is more to school life than examination grades and we develop children in the round. There is a strong emphasis on sport, music, drama and art and across the 3-18 range pupils benefit from a high quality and diverse programme of clubs and societies. It is through extra-curricular activity that pupils keep their academic work in perspective, develop life-long hobbies and gain teamwork and interpersonal skills.


We want children to be happy in school and to thrive in our care. We believe in high quality bespoke pastoral support which recognises each child as an individual with unique needs. Our low pupil to adult ratios mean we get to know our pupils and their families well and so are better placed to support them.


At all stages of the educational journey, pupils learn from both their teachers and their peers. At The Perse we strive to create a talented yet diverse pupil community where children thrive in each other’s company and appreciate different perspectives. Means-tested bursaries are available at The Prep and The Upper and ensure that children from all socio-economic backgrounds benefit from a Perse education.


Our three sites are located within minutes of some world leading educational resources. At all ages, we seek to maximise the value of The Perse’s Cambridge location to benefit pupils. From visits to the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic gardens, to work experience in University labs and lectures from distinguished academics, pupils benefit from our Cambridge location and our close working relationships with the University, Colleges, leading local employers and Addenbrooke’s hospital.


For more information, please visit http://www.perse.co.uk/.