The Perse School

A warm welcome awaits


There are three main entry points to the Upper: Year 7, Year 9 and the Lower Sixth. If you are looking for information about Sixth Form entry please visit the Sixth Form admissions section. Occasionally places become available in other year groups; it is always worth contacting us to check the current situation.

In Year 7 there are about 70 external places available and in Year 9 around 40 external places available. In Year 7 in particular we draw from a very wide range of maintained sector primary schools.

We encourage you to visit the School before applying for a place. We hold open mornings in both the Michaelmas and Summer terms, and a taster morning in October. We also hold afternoon tours most weeks during term-time so that you can get a feel for the School on a normal working day.

Once you have decided that The Perse is the right school for your son or daughter, the next step is to apply for a place before the relevant deadline. We will seek a confidential reference from your child’s current school, and invite them into school for their entrance examination.

We have a small number of academic and music scholarships available in Year 7 and Year 9 to pupils of exceptional merit. These financial awards are normally worth 5% of the annual school fees.

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

The Perse does not have any boarding accommodation and so cannot accept applications from overseas pupils under the age of 16 without a parent or legal guardian in the Cambridge area.

Any time

Book a tour. A current pupil will show you around, followed by tea with senior staff (usually the Head).


Visit the Upper on our summer Open Morning. This is held on a normal school day, so places are limited and booking is essential.

September or early October

Our main Open Morning happens on a Saturday at the end of September or early in October. There is no need to book, however, you can register in advance.

October in the year before entry

Our Taster Mornings for children currently in Year 6 or Year 8 who are thinking of applying are a fun way to sample Perse lessons.

December in the year before entry

The deadline for applying for a place falls in mid December in the year prior to entry. We will seek a reference from your child's current school and invite them to our entrance test day.


Entrance test day for children applying for places in Years 7 and 9 is in early January. Offers are usually made by February and you have until March to accept a place.

Joining us - June to September

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

Calendar Site Search