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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

  • Year 5 Pupils Get a Taste of Senior School Life at Transition Day

    Year 5 pupils from both Cambridge Junior School and Dame Bradbury's got a taste of Senior School life at the recent transition day.

  • From Animation to Stage: Theatre Trip - My Neighbour Totoro

    A group of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students accompanied by Frau Freeman and Ms Barrell went to see the play My Neighbour Totoro at Lond...

  • Year 12 & 13 Students Get Inspired by STEM on San Francisco Trip

    A group of Year 12 and Year 13 students had the opportunity to be inspired and learn how technology is transforming the modern world through...

  • On the Slopes: Year 11 - 13 take to the Italian Alps

    As the holiday season approached, we embarked on our annual ski trip to the enchanting Italian Alps. Our destination? The competitive ski...

  • National Theatre Trip to see La Casa de Bernarda Alba

    A group of Spanish and Drama students went to the National Theatre to see Alice Birch’s modern take on the 1930s Spanish play La Casa...

  • Are We Nearly There Yet? Year 5 Explores Transport History at IWM Duxford

    On Tuesday 12 March, Year 5 embarked on their excursion to The Imperial War Museum Duxford, as part of the topic ‘Are We Nearly There...

  • Dame Bradbury’s pupils analyse town’s air quality in Clean Air Project

    Pupils at Dame Bradbury’s Junior School have been practicing their environmental science investigation skills, recording and analysing...

  • Identity and Inclusion: Dr Maggie Semple's message to our Sixth Form Students

    Our Stephen Perse Cambridge Sixth Form students enjoyed a guest talk by renowned entrepreneur and thought-leader, Dr Maggie Semple OBE, who...

  • Early Years Forest School - spring is on its way

    Spring is on its way, and the children at Early Years Forest School have been busy exploring the signs of the changing season.

  • Dame Bradbury’s pupils run and jump to Essex athletics final

    Dame Bradbury’s Junior School U9 indoor athletics team has been named joint winners of Uttlesford District Indoor Athletics Championsh...

  • Japanese Scholarship Exchange 2024 - a special international connection continues

    For over 15 years we have been fortunate to have a close relationship with the highly prestigious Keio Shonan Fujisawa Senior High School in...

  • History in the Making: Year 7 Students Build Epic Castles

    The History department was besieged by brilliance last term as Year 7 students battled it out in our epic House Model Castle Building Compet...


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!