The Perse School

Academic overview

A place of intellectual curiosity and scholarship


As an academically selective school, it follows that Perse pupils are of above-average ability, but more important is that they are intellectually curious. Perse teachers are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to getting the very best from their pupils. They set stretching expectations and provide inspiration, encouragement and support.

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are crucial but equally important are the core skills that enable pupils to work effectively with others, interrogate data confidently, use technology effectively and communicate persuasively. We place great importance on instilling the attitudes and practices of good scholarship. This shines through in our students’ commitment to investigation, experimentation, creativity and reflection.

At The Perse it is normal for pupils to find subjects fascinating and to want to go beyond the curriculum, and our extension and research programmes equip students to do just that. Each department provides ideas for students who want to explore more than can be covered in the classroom and homework time alone. Independent research is a major feature of learning at the Upper – from Year 7 mini-investigations to Lower Sixth Extended Project Qualifications and Rouse Awards – and many academics, medics and scientists visit the School each term to share their own research with students and inspire their efforts through our 42 programme of visiting speakers.

Our 100+ clubs and societies include many academic options – fun and fascinating ways to deepen knowledge in favourite subjects.

Where we suspect a pupil has a learning support need, our Learning Support team will assess them and provide guidelines for support to the pupil’s tutor and teachers.

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    Learning philosophy

    Our learning philosophy articulates the skills, knowledge and practices we aim to instil

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    The heartbeat of the school is a broad, stimulating and challenging curriculum

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    Myriad ways for students to express their intellectual curiosity and scholarship

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