The Perse School

Visiting the Prep

Come and see for yourself
what a Perse education has to offer


The Head, James Piper, always welcomes the opportunity to meet parents and show them the School in action. Please complete the form to register your interest in booking a tour of the Prep. Once you have submitted this form, we will contact you to confirm the dates of available tours. Alternatively contact Elinor Schneider, the Headmaster’s PA, on 01223 403922 or

Open Morning

We hold open mornings twice a year, once in the Michaelmas term and once in the Summer term.

The next opportunity to come to an open morning will be on Friday 25 May 2018, 9.30am-12.00pm.

Booking is essential for this open morning. Click here to register.

Our autumn open morning is on Saturday 6 October 2018, 9.30am-12.00pm.

For more information about our open mornings or to be added to our database to be reminded about open mornings, please contact Elinor Schneider on 01223 403922 or

Activity mornings

Year 1 Activity Morning

We hold a Year 1 Activity Morning every summer for any family who is considering joining the Prep in Year 3. Together with their parents, children follow a route around the site and sample a full range of activities including science, PE, art, music, drama and a library session. It is a good time for children to familiarise themselves with the Prep and feel more confident here. Parents and children have the opportunity to speak with all our teaching staff who are present throughout the morning.

Our Year 1 Activity Morning will be on Saturday 16 June 2018, 9.30am-12.00pm. Click here to register.

For more information about our activity mornings or to be added to our database to be reminded about such events, please contact Elinor Schneider on 01223 403922 or

Year 2 Taster Morning

We hold a Year 2 Taster Morning every autumn specifically for children who will be in Year 2 from September 2018 and attend schools other than our Pre-Prep, the Pelican, and are thinking about joining the Prep in Year 3 the following September. The children work in groups and sample science, PE, art, music and drama activities. It is a great opportunity for them to get to know the School and our staff, and parents can chat with the Head, Director of Admissions, Deputy Head and some current parents.

Our Year 2 Taster Morning will be on Saturday 10 November, 9.30am-12.00pm. Click here to register.

For more information about our taster mornings or to be added to our database to be reminded about such events, please contact Elinor Schneider on 01223 403922 or

Pre-test Service (Year 3 entry)

We offer a pre-test service for children looking at entry into Year 3 at the Prep. The purpose of the service is to enable parents to gain an idea of their child’s current level of achievement and potential, and to be advised as to whether an application to the Perse Prep would be appropriate for them at this stage.

Parents should be aware that this pre-test service is entirely optional and voluntary. The pre-test is not part of the official admissions procedure or a requirement prior to registration, merely a source of guidance and advice.

The pre-tests are administered by Mrs Julia Halbert, Director of Admissions, in the Michaelmas Term prior to the Year 3 Entrance Tests in January. A pre-test is a non-pressurised meeting, with each child being encouraged to show what they can do. Reassurance and assistance are readily available should they find any areas difficult. The pre-test takes between 30-45 minutes and consists of:

  • Maths work, based on areas covered in the appropriate National Curriculum
  • The reading aloud of a passage from a book of an appropriate level, with some questions on factual content and some that require thinking ‘beyond the text’
  • The child writing some sentences
  • Some puzzles that require logical thinking
  • A conversation with the teacher administering the test
  • Within a few days of the pre-test, the Head will get in touch by phone to give detailed feedback.

The fee for this service is £50 and a cheque payable to ‘The Perse School’ should be brought on the day of the assessment.

To register interest for a pre-test in the Michaelmas Term, please complete the following link, which will be live from the preceding June. The Head’s Secretary will then be in touch to confirm a suitable date and time. Please note that there is a finite number of pre-tests that can be booked in the Michaelmas term.


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