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Who we are

The Stephen Perse Foundation is a family of schools in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden educating boys and girls aged 1 to 18.

By recognising our pupils as individuals - with unique hopes, talents and ambitions - we unlock their true potential.

We enjoy learning for its own sake. Our teachers ignite curiosity, encourage critical thinking and creativity. By learning to think for themselves our pupils go on to achieve exceptional results. But for us, education is not just about grades. It is about strength of character, a sense of social responsibility, learning to innovate, communicate and collaborate. 

Education needs to prepare youngsters for life beyond tests, exams and certificates. Our pupils gain an exceptional skill-set, one that prepares them for life in tomorrow's world. They leave us ready to make their mark and achieve their dreams.

Headline News

  • Stephen Perse Foundation Celebrates 141st Birthday Year

    Rosemary Tice (Former Deputy Head of Senior School, Head of Geography and School Examination Officer, 1965-1990) and Katie Milne (Junior Sch...

  • My passion

    Hi everyone! Today I am going to share my passion with you!

  • Handy Cricket Tricks

    Cricket can be a very dangerous sport; with rock hard balls flying at high speeds in all directions. These tips will enhance your experience...

  • Fred the hamster

    Hello! I’m Fred the hamster.

  • Baking Blog

    Welcome to my baking blog.

  • Rugby

    I love rugby.

  • Ash, the hamster

    Hi! I’m Ash. I live in Cambridge with my family.

  • Gouache painting

    I started painting with gouache in summer 2020. My mum encouraged me to try new things out, I tried painting. As you can see, I got into pai...

  • Stephen Perse Foundation donates iPads to Cambs Youth Panel

    On Friday 11 December, Stephen Perse Principal Richard Girvan and Director of IT and Systems Development Andrew Brett donated 50 iPads, case...

  • Stephen Perse Hosts Virtual Cambridge Model United Nations

    Cambridge Model United Nations (CamMUN) update by Year 13 student Remi S.

  • Student success at International Horse Trials

    Congratulations go to Year 10 student Isabella and her horse Black Eye Pea who competed in a gruelling three day Eventing Challenge at...

  • 11-18 Newsletter 10 December 2021

    11-18 Newsletter, sent to parents on 10 December 2021.


Our approach to learning

As you may expect, we offer great facilities and one-to-one attention from brilliant teachers. What makes us different is the way we encourage young people to think: independently, analytically, logically, creatively and imaginatively – in an unusually friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Today's young learners will go on to shape tomorrow's world. We believe that is our responsibility as educators and parents to equip them with the tools they need to make their mark, whatever future they choose.

Through our forward-thinking vision for education and our broad, creative curriculum we foster a global outlook and a sense of social responsibility, valuing individuality and independent thought. We empower our pupils to succeed in tomorrow's world and the workplace of the future.

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    Outer circle

    We prepare young people to blaze a trail in whatever field they choose. They leave us equipped with a breadth of skills, ready to become responsible global citizens.

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    Learning Segment

    We group our subjects together into six curriculum areas. We teach subjects in an integrated way, because the future belongs to those who can think way beyond narrow subject boundaries.

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    Learning to think

    Education is not just about imparting knowledge. It’s about teaching young people how to think for themselves: critically, creatively and collaboratively.

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    Developing Character

    Fostering a secure bedrock of self-esteem and a sure moral compass is essential preparation for a future in a complex world.

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    Our Learners

    Our schools are small enough to ensure that each learner is known. By placing our learners at the centre of our approach, we create an education that allows individuality to flourish.

Want to find out more? Come and see us in action!