The Perse School

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A happy house - inside and out


Each child’s well-being is paramount at the Pelican: staff know all children well and discuss their progress and needs at each weekly staff meeting.

Successful learning results from a partnership between staff and parents. Teachers and teaching assistants liaise regularly with parents using a whole range of methods: directly, at the start or end of the day; by email; with a written note in the daily communication book; through termly parent communications; and in written reports.

We aim to develop our children’s self-esteem and confidence, giving them opportunities to become increasingly independent as they grow up. Pelican children love challenge in all areas, and this helps them develop resilience – an important skill for their emotional health and well-being not only at the Pelican, but as they progress through the School and into adulthood.

A wonderful environment

Our buildings began life in 1911 as a boarding house for the Upper. Much has changed since then but we benefit from the beautiful trees planted long ago. Our mature, leafy environment is complete with gardens teeming with wildlife, from squirrels to woodpeckers, and a pond that single-handedly keeps the frog population of Cambridge in a healthy state! Our building has been sympathetically extended over the years so that it retains the feel of a family home whilst providing children with exceptional space and up-to-date facilities, both inside and out.

Our facilities provide all that is required and more to give our children every opportunity for a fulfilling start to their education. Spacious classrooms have play areas, generous wet areas and expansive outdoor areas in the Early Years. We ensure that the transition to Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) is a smooth one; our philosophy of education remains the same as children begin more formal learning but still have space and time to play.

Our child-friendly library has usurped the old housemaster’s drawing room and the beautiful bay windows flood the room with light. Children in the School take several books home each week to enjoy.

Our extensive outdoor space for Nursery and Reception means that learning is extended to the outdoor classroom. Areas provide scope for physical and mental challenge as well as places to develop social skills and conversation.

Parents would expect us to have exceptional IT facilities and we do. In addition to computers and Smart Boards in every classroom we also have a dedicated IT suite. Children create their own videos, take their own photographs, record themselves speaking using iPads and use programmable toys.

Everyone at school is provided with a freshly cooked lunch and there is always a vegetarian option and salad. We also cater for different dietary requirements.

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