The Perse School

400th Anniversary

A year of reflecting on our past, appreciating our present and looking to our future


The academic year 2015/16 marked the quatercentenary of the foundation of The Perse, which is dated to the death of our founder, Dr Stephen Perse, on 30 September 1615. The anniversary year was a special time for reflecting on our past, appreciating our present and looking to our future, and we marked it with events, pupil projects and a free community lecture series.

Given our roots in philanthropy, raising money for good causes was a major aspect of our celebrations. Our nominated anniversary charities were: East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Christel House Schools, and our own An Enduring Gift campaign. In all we raised more than £56,000, shared equally between them.

Celebrations began on 30 September 2015 with a day of activities, including a history day at the Pelican and an anniversary-themed fete at the Prep, rounded off at the Upper with a new play that told the School’s story –Around The Perse in 400 Years. Find out about all our events by clicking the link below.


  • 400th Anniversary


    The anniversary year was busy, with a plethora of events for pupils and their parents, alumni, staff, friends and the Cambridge community

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  • 400th Anniversary


    A range of memorabilia to commemorate the School’s 400th anniversary, available to purchase online

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    Voices of The Perse

    A digital miscellany of memories and musings on the School or education, work and life in general from members of the Perse community

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