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 ten-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.
There is a café open to sixth formers only at lunchtime, serving baguettes, wraps and paninis as well as hot main courses. Sixth formers can also choose from a wider selection in the main hall. The main servery counters offer three main course choices each day (including a vegetarian and a gluten free option), a range of vegetables, pasta with sauce and a hot dessert. In this area, students 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 and homemade bread. The soup is also always freshly made every day, using ‘non gluten containing’ ingredients, and there are a range of toppings to add. Students can also choose a cold dessert, yoghurt, or a fresh fruit salad pot. Pieces of whole fruit are also available as a dessert choice.
The assembly hall counter offers the same options as the main servery, but without the vegetarian main course, with an additional pasta bake and jacket potato options. The pasta bake option is almost always vegetarian, and there are a variety of toppings for the jacket potatoes including gluten free baked beans and grated cheese. A salad bar, a selection of cold desserts and whole pieces of fresh fruit are also available in the assembly hall.
Please note that the School 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.