The Perse School


A warm welcome awaits


Year 3 is the main entry point for the Prep, when up to 30 external applicants join pupils progressing from the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep.

Usually up to three planned places are available in each of Years 4, 5 and 6 every September. Occasionally further places become available if current pupils give notice to leave during the course of the academic year. We hold entrance testing for these year groups in the January prior to entry.

We offer means-tested financial assistance with fees to those families who could not otherwise afford a Perse education. The level of assistance may vary in value from 5% to 100% of annual fees, and is dependent on the financial circumstances of the parents.

Below is an overview of the process with links to more information. We encourage you to take full advantage of tours, taster sessions and open days to find out as much as you can about whether the Prep is right for you.

Any time

The Head is very happy to show you around during term-time, so that you can get a feel for the School on a normal working day. Contact us to book a tour.


Visit the Prep on our summer Open Morning - a normal school day.


Our Activity Morning is for children who are in Year 1 to have fun at the Prep, with activities such as art, music, cookery, PE games and drama.


Our main Open Morning happens on a Saturday early in October. Booking is essential for this Open Morning.

November in the year before entry

We hold a Taster Morning for children in Year 2. It's a great opportunity for them to get to know the Prep, and they work in groups to sample science, PE, art, music and drama. Parents can chat to staff.

December in the year before entry

The deadline for applying for a place falls early in December in the year prior to entry. We will seek a reference from your child's current school and invite them to our assessments, held in January.


Assessment takes place in January, and we usually let you know the same month whether we can offer your child a place.

Joining us

There is a full familiarisation and induction programme for children joining us, and their parents.

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