The Perse School

We are 400 today!

30 Sep 2015

PS-270915-003On 30 September 2015, the School celebrates its 400th anniversary, making it the oldest surviving secondary school in Cambridge. The foundation of the School is dated to the death of its namesake, Dr Stephen Perse.

We lift the curtain on a year of celebrations today, with an evening of drama, art and history, in a specially commissioned production: Around The Perse in 400 Years. Here, pupils from the Pelican, Prep and Upper helped to devise the play’s scenes, and will take to the stage to recount the School’s varied and fascinating past. Pupils at the Pelican will be enjoying a history day today, stepping back in time with educational company, Time Travellers. At the Prep, pupils are looking forward to their 400 themed fete, where there will be stalls a-plenty, and 400th anniversary themed games. Pupils will also be sporting their own clothes with a hint of the original Perse colours – red, black, white and purple.

This is the first of many events taking place throughout the anniversary year, including pupil projects, a performance of Fauré’s Requiem at King’s College Chapel and a sports showcase. The School has also organised a lecture series – supported by the Cambridge News – featuring leading academics and other experts that is open to members of the wider community.

Head Ed Elliott, 43rd Headmaster of The Perse, said: “Our 400th anniversary is a time for reflecting on our past, appreciating our present and looking to the future. Through Dr Perse’s legacies he gave Cambridge alms houses, roads, a clean water supply and The Perse School.

His vision to change lives through education lives on. The Perse has stood the test of time – surviving and thriving for over four centuries. We are proud of our heritage and we very much look forward to celebrating this milestone with students, parents, staff, alumni and the local community.”

Tickets for the lecture series are free but must be booked in advance from

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