Registering for a place
Registration is the first step for parents who wish their child to be considered for a place at The Perse. This is done through the online registration form. This enables you to register your child and make a payment in one simple process through our website.
You will be asked to upload the photo page of your child’s passport (and visa, if appropriate), and a brief outline of his/her hobbies and interests (maximum 500 words), as well as a copy of their latest school report. You will also be asked to make an online card payment of the registration fee of £150.
Unfortunately, the form cannot be saved and returned to at a later date. For the optimum user experience, we recommend that you complete the form using a laptop or desktop computer. We strongly recommend you use Google Chrome and not Internet Explorer.
Parents wishing to apply for a place for their child in Year 7 or Year 9 should complete the relevant registration form by 1 December in the year prior to entry.
If you need further advice, or would prefer to pay by BACS, cheque or other means, please contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org
All pupils who have applied for a place at The Perse School are assessed in the academic year prior to entry. The entrance tests are stretching and will go beyond the primary school curriculum (for Year 7 entry) or what a pupil may have been taught in the first two years of secondary school (for Year 9 entry) but we work hard to ensure that these tests are accessible to all.
Our entrance assessments involve a combination of tests and interview. We will also take the school reference into consideration.
The exact details of the 2022 entry assessments are subject to change depending on the Covid situation in line with national and local guidance, but current plans are as follows:
All applicants for September 2022 entry will be invited to attend the entrance test day on Saturday 15 January 2022.
All applicants will have an informal interview with a Perse teacher, which allows candidates to talk about their interests and passions. Their ability to engage with the varied extra-curricular life of the school and support the Perse values are important factors in the selection process. The tests will assess maths, English and verbal reasoning skills and no prior preparation is necessary, although we recommend you familiarise your child with our sample maths and English papers.
Candidates with Special Educational Needs must discuss their application with the school prior to the entrance test. Please make sure you declare any special educational needs or disabilities to enable us to make the appropriate adjustments.
The English paper lasts 45 minutes and is a single task, taken from a choice of two tasks. The task is a creative response to a given passage, and will focus on a candidate’s understanding of the passage as well as their creativity and writing ability. Two sample papers are available for both Year 7 and Year 9 entry.
Year 7 English paper 1
Year 7 English paper 2
Year 9 English paper 1
Year 9 English paper 2
Year 7: The maths paper is a 45-minute non-calculator paper, designed to test reasoning, problem solving and comprehension as well as basic fluency. The required knowledge is based on the National Curriculum up to and including Year 5 (see the syllabus for details).
Year 7 maths paper 1
Year 7 maths paper 1 answers
Year 7 maths paper 2
Year 7 maths paper 2 answers
Year 7 maths syllabus
Year 9: The maths paper is a 45-minute non-calculator paper, designed to test reasoning, problem solving and comprehension as well as basic fluency. The required knowledge is based on the material commonly covered by the end of Year 7 (see the syllabus for details).
Year 9 maths paper 1
Year 9 maths paper 1 answers
Year 9 maths paper 2
Year 9 maths paper 2 answers
Year 9 maths syllabus
The test lasts 45 minutes, and covers verbal reasoning questions. This test does not require preparation or revision.
For Year 9 candidates only, there will also be a short humanities exercise which is intended to assess a candidate’s ability to digest and summarise information. This test does not require preparation or revision.
Procedure for September 2022 entry
Overseas testing has been put in place for 2022 entry only due to the ongoing Covid pandemic and associated travel difficulties (including quarantine requirements). It is still our preference that candidates attend testing at The Perse in person and are encouraged to do so where possible.
Testing will be permitted at a British Council office only and would need to be arranged by the candidates to be completed between 15 and 18 January 2022 for Year 7 and Year 9 entry.
If applicants are unable to attend for whatever reason, we regret we will be unable to progress their application.
Stage One: Registering
Please complete the Year 7 and Year 9 (11+ and 13+) registration form, indicating within the residency section if you would like to test overseas.
Overseas registrations will close at 12 noon on Monday 1 November 2021 for Year 7 and Year 9 entry. Any registrations received after this deadline will be expected to travel to attend testing in person.
Stage Two: Confirmation
After the admissions office have received your registration form, they will forward our overseas testing form for completion and request payment of the overseas testing fee of £600 (to cover the additional cost of testing and interviewing securely overseas).
Stage Three: Assessments
Entrance test papers will be released to the appropriate British Council office. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom with Perse staff for Year 7 and Year 9 entry by 21 January 2022. We will confirm appointment times.
The Perse does not have any boarding accommodation and so cannot accept applications from international pupils unless they will be living with a parent or legal guardian in the Cambridge area. The school does not sponsor pupils under the Child Student Visa scheme (previously Tier 4) for entry to the Upper. Year 7 and 9 candidates who are not British or Irish citizens would need to demonstrate they are dependents of someone legally entitled to live in the UK at point of entry.