The Perse School

Joining Us

Easing inevitable first day nerves

Starting at the Pelican

Joining a new school can be very daunting but we make every effort to ensure that new pupils and their parents feel part of the school community before the first day of term.


Induction at The Perse Pelican begins in the term before your child starts at the School when the whole family is warmly encourage to come to our Summer Fete.  Following this all new children are invited to attend Move Up Morning with their new class teacher in their new classroom.  We also hold an evening for new parents where you will have the opportunity to meet parents of other children in your child’s class, ask questions and receive helpful information to smooth your child’s start at the School.


Our aim in the first term is to provide a smooth transition into our Nursery for the whole family. Children are settled into school life gradually. During the first week of term the children visit the Nursery in small groups to have a two hour introductory session. Parents are encouraged to stay for the first session, but once their child is happy and settled, parents are welcome to leave. During this time the children will begin to find out about each other, explore their new environment, become comfortable with our typical routines and, most importantly, begin to make new friends.


For those children who join us in Reception much of the induction process is similar to those joining Nursery, although as our new children have usually been accustomed to attending a nursery previously, our timetable stays the same throughout the term.



All our uniform is on the John Lewis website. Sample sizes will be available for your child to try on in store to ensure you achieve the best fit and you will be able to purchase items at your convenience at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A ‘Click & Collect’ service enables you to place an online order before 7pm and collect your purchase from any John Lewis store. Parents have found John Lewis’ Cambridge Trumpington collection point, next to Trumpington Road Park and Ride very useful in the past.

Alternatively, your order can be dispatched to your address within 3 to 5 working days. Orders of £50 or more are delivered free of charge. For orders under £50 or for a named day delivery, there is a charge. In the event that you need to return any item, returns are processed free of charge through any John Lewis store or through via Royal Mail.

  • Purple sweatshirt with school logo
  • White polo shirt with school logo
  • Winter option – white polo neck (all years) or white cotton mix long sleeved shirt with collar (Years 1 and 2 only)
  • Grey shorts
  • Grey long trousers may be worn for winter uniform
  • Grey socks
  • Black shoes (no boots, velcro fastenings preferred)
  • Black or brown sandals (no open toes) may be worn during the summer months

For summer months (usually all of summer term and optional for September):

  • Pelican School summer dress
  • Purple sweatshirt with school logo
  • Long or short white socks
  • Black shoes (no boots, velcro fastenings preferred) or black, dark blue or brown sandals (no open toes or heels or patent leather)

For the rest of the year (Michaelmas & Lent terms):

  • White polo shirt with school logo
  • Winter option – white polo neck (all years) or white cotton mix long sleeved shirt with collar (Years 1 and 2 only)
  • Purple sweatshirt with school logo
  • Grey box pleat bib style tunic
  • White socks or grey tights
  • Black shoes (no boots, velcro fastenings preferred, no heels or patent leather)

Mid length or long hair must be tied back with purple gingham hair scrunchies or head bands, which are also available from John Lewis.

PE kit and additional items (boys and girls)
  • Navy PE sweatshirt with school logo and navy track suit bottoms
  • White trainers (non-marking soles essential and velcro fastenings preferred)
  • White elasticated waist cotton shorts
  • White round necked T-shirt
  • White ankle length socks
  • Drawstring PE kit bag

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils should bring their sports clothing to school on the first day of each term and it should then be kept in school all the time.

During the Michaelmas term Nursery need just their PE shoes in school. From the Lent term tracksuit bottoms are required and after Easter full PE kit is required.

Additional items:

  • Pelican navy coat
  • Navy waterproof mac (optional)
  • Pelican winter hat
  • Navy gloves or mittens
  • Pelican sun hat
  • Navy scarf (optional)
  • Pelican book bag

Wristwatches may be worn when appropriate. They must be clearly named and remain the responsibility of the child.

For health and safety reasons no jewellery is allowed in school. Nail varnish should not be worn.

Mobile phones are not allowed in school.

Second hand uniform

Once your child/children have outgrown their school uniform the Association of Perse Parents (APP) gratefully receives items which are in a good state of repair to sell. Proceeds from uniform sales are used by the APP to support the School. Please note that tights and socks are not accepted for sale.

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