The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, growing from the nucleus of the Perse School for Girls, is one of the most highly-regarded educational establishments in the country. Its 6th Form college was named Sunday Times IB School of the Year 2013.
The Foundation comprises Stephen Perse Junior and Senior Schools, two Pre-prep schools on two sites – City and Madingley – and its mixed 6th Form college. Dame B’s is now fully merged with the Foundation.
Recognising that pupils flourish best in smaller school units where they are known to, and know, every member of staff, the Foundation’s long-term strategy is to expand by developing a family of schools – an educational structure for girls and boys aged 3-18 with a range of choices for pupils at various stages of their educational journey.
An exceptional education
The Foundation schools provide an exceptional education to more than 1,000 students and share a common aim: to foster a love of learning, developing inquiring, reflective open-minded young people, prepared for the opportunities of the 21st century and equipped to play an active role in an increasingly international world.
Pupils perform outstandingly well not only in academic exams but also in all their extra-curricular activities. (Please note that the Foundation has withdrawn from all league tables possible, along with many other top performing schools.)
The diamond formation
From September 2014, the Stephen Perse Foundation will educate boys at its previously girls-only Junior school. The Senior school will follow suit in 2018.
Both schools will remain true to their heritage of single sex teaching and adopt a diamond formation, with co-education in the Pre-preps and 6th Form college and parallel classes in core subjects for boys and girls between the ages of nine and 16.
Throughout, boys and girls will be together for the creative arts and many sports. They will also share facilities such as libraries and will eat and socialise together. More information can be found on the Foundation‘s webpage