About us



The Perse is one of the UK’s leading independent schools and at whatever stage children join us you will find that we are committed to our core values of:

Academic excellence

We set high academic standards and support pupils in realising their potential. 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.

Extra-curricular opportunity

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.

Pastoral care

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.

High-quality staff

Excellent teachers are an essential ingredient for an outstanding school. The Perse is fortunate to have the resources to recruit and retain first class teachers who can bring the best out of each and every child. The school invests heavily in the development of its staff and sets high professional expectations.


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 Addenbrookes hospital.