The Perse School

Sixth Form life

Bridging the gap between school and university


We seek to cultivate a friendly, mutually supportive and purposeful working atmosphere in The Perse Sixth Form. We know and value our students as individuals and regard them as leaders and role models in the wider school community.

Sixth form can be a busy time as public examinations, coursework and university applications loom on the horizon. The sixth form management team has an ‘open door’ policy, giving all our sixth formers access to immediate advice and pastoral care when necessary. Students meet with their tutors each morning at registration in an informal, friendly environment – either taking the time to chat or taking part in a tutorial session on a topic useful for sixth form or university life.

Naturally, the academic timetable is demanding but it is also flexible, allowing time for sport, drama, music, outdoor pursuits, enrichment and socialising. Sixth formers do not have to stay on site during their free periods, but most choose to do so to take advantage of our study resources and social areas.

We offer excellent sporting opportunities for all students. Each week involves timetabled games lessons: this could include major sports like rugby, netball, hockey, cricket or tennis, or one of a range of options organised for smaller groups. There are a large number of competitive fixtures for both girls and boys and Perse teams enjoy regional and national success.

Sixth formers also participate in our enrichment programme which takes place on Friday afternoons, once a fortnight. This provides something different to the experience of normal classroom lessons, giving students chance to develop new interests and skills, and to have leadership and community service opportunities. They might find themselves teaching maths to primary school pupils, helping a pensioner learn how to Skype, or taking up photography.

Standards of music and drama are very high, and both the Perse Players drama group and our musicians perform in prestigious venues in Cambridge, London and further afield.

The Sixth Form Centre

The Sixth Form Centre is a friendly and welcoming place just for sixth formers. It houses:

  • A large common room with soft seating, music, table football and a hot drinks machine
  • A large work room with computers, intended for quiet independent study
  • A second work room with computers, off the common room, intended for more collaborative study
  • Teaching rooms and offices
  • Wireless internet and network access throughout

The Student Council helps the Head of Sixth Form in the management of the Sixth Form Centre and provides a forum for students to make suggestions for the ongoing development of the facility.

The common room is the focal point for social activity. The atmosphere is good-humoured and dynamic. It is an ideal space for students to relax, read or play music. For more energetic souls, the proximity of the common room to our fitness centre provides a great opportunity to keep fit and socialise during the school day.

The sixth form office is home to a team of staff who help with all aspects of university applications, exams and gap years.

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