The Perse is open to students from 7.45am to 5.45pm (Monday to Friday). Students may be on site out of hours if they are attending a sports fixture, concert or rehearsal run by a member of staff. Each day begins with registration in tutor groups at 8.35am. The library is open from 7.45pm until 5.45pm.
In order to gain maximum curriculum flexibility, we function within a ten-day timetable. The two weeks within the 10-day cycle are called Week A and Week B. Each week is clearly labelled in the calendar. Timings of the day and lessons can be found here.
Lunchtime activities take place between 1.15 and 2pm and there is a wide range of lunchtime and after-school clubs for students to get involved in. Many of the clubs and societies on offer are aimed at year groups across the school, but some are just for Sixth Formers, including some started by Sixth Formers themselves. There are many extension clubs where students have the opportunity to stretch themselves beyond the curriculum in preparation for university study. Please visit our ‘beyond the classroom’ section for more information on our diverse extra-curricular offering.
Lunch is provided at The Perse by a team of trained chefs from Holroyd Howe. We seek to promote a healthy and balanced diet and provide students with new and interesting things to try, using fresh ingredients. Holroyd Howe source the best British produce including free range eggs, high quality fruit, vegetables and meat from local farmers, producers and artisan food suppliers, all of whom are selected on the basis of the fantastic quality of their produce. The importance of good nutrition throughout school is essential, and our caterers, Holroyd Howe, working with their in-house nutritional team, have developed nutritional guidelines which are applied throughout our menus.
There is a Sixth Form café open only to Sixth Formers at lunchtime – serving baguettes, wraps and paninis from the fill-your-own deli bar, as well as hot main courses served from our street food market stall. Sixth Formers can also choose from a wider selection in the main hall where three main course choices are available including a vegetarian option and a Pure Perse dish. Pure Perse dishes are made without the fourteen most common allergenic ingredients (including gluten, milk and nuts) covered under government labelling legislation. A range of vegetables, pasta with sauce and a hot dessert are also available. There is an additional jacket potato option, offering a variety of toppings including gluten free baked beans and grated cheese.
Pupils can also choose from a range of sandwiches, soup and salads. The sandwiches are made fresh, every day, and the salad bar holds a selection of salads which always contain vegetarian sources of protein such as lentils, beans, cheese and quinoa. Baskets of homemade bread are available throughout the serveries’. The soup is also always freshly made every day, using ‘non gluten containing’ ingredients, and there are a range of toppings to add. Pupils can also choose a cold dessert, yoghurt, or a fresh fruit salad pot. Our Simply Perse dessert range contain recipes with half the added sugar content. The sweetness from sugar is replaced with the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables. Pieces of whole fruit are also available.
Good hydration is essential to staying healthy and active. Jugs of water are placed on all the lunch tables, and a large hydration station with flavoured waters is located in the centre of the dining hall.
Please note that the Upper is not a nut-free zone but the catering department is. No food we produce contains nuts, however some ingredients may have been produced in an environment where traces of nuts can be found prior to arriving at The Perse.