Although The Perse’s Hills Road site had been in use since Lent Term 1960 (after an additional week was added to the Easter Holiday to allow works to finish in time), it wasn’t until 3 July 1961 that the buildings were officially opened by Princess Alexandra.
Almost two thousand people were in place for the Royal visit; with boys lining the driveway, forming a CCF Guard of Honour, and showing the Princess around the School. As David Jones recounts in A Vision Realised, the ceremony “could not have been a happier or prouder moment for the School and for Stanley Stubbs personally”.
57 years later, much has changed at The Perse. You can see some of the changes in the photographs below.
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