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). There is an opportunity on the form to give details if your child’s education was adversely affected by school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we require 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 email@example.com
All pupils who have applied for a place at The Perse School are assessed in the academic year prior to entry. The written 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.
The entrance test consists of papers in maths, English and verbal reasoning. All candidates will also have a short informal interview with a Perse teacher. Candidates for Year 9 entry will also be given a short humanities exercise, which is purely skills-based and does not require any specific preparation. A confidential reference will be sought from the child’s current school.
Pupils 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.
Entrance tests for entry in September 2021 will take place at The Perse on Saturday 16 January 2021.
Offers are usually made at the beginning of February, and the acceptance deadline is during March.
For FAQs about Year 7 and Year 9 entrance testing, please click here.
The Perse does not have any boarding accommodation and so cannot accept applications from international pupils unless living with a parent or legal guardian in the Cambridge area.
Procedure for September 2021 entry
Overseas testing has been put in place for 2021 entry due to the current travel restrictions in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 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 between 16 and 19 January 2021 for Year 7 and Year 9 entry.
If applicants are unable to attend for whatever reason, we regret we are unable to progress their application. For Sixth Form candidates, registration for overseas testing has now closed.
Stage One: Registering
Please complete the relevant registration form for Year 7 and Year 9 entry and indicate within the residency section if you would like to test overseas.
Registration will close at 12 noon on Sunday 1 November (for Year 7 and Year 9 entry).
Stage Two: Confirmation
After the admissions office has received your registration form, they will forward our overseas testing form for completion and request payment of the overseas testing fee (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 for Lower Sixth entry by 27 November 2020 and for Year 7 and Year 9 entry by 22 January 2021.
- Year 7 entrance test specimen papers
Year 7 English Specimen Paper 1
Year 7 Multiple Choice Rationale – Paper 1
Year 7 English Specimen Paper 2
Year 7 Multiple Choice Rationale – Paper 2
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 1
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 1 Answers
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 2
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 2 Answers
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 3
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 3 – Answers
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 4
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 4 -Answers
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 5
Year 7 Maths Specimen Paper 5 – Answers
Y7 Additional Specimen Questions
Year 7 Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions
Please note: the School cannot enter into any correspondence regarding these example answers or clarify questions/acceptable solutions further. It is important that full working is shown with solutions because many marks are awarded for that working and in some cases more than one answer will be accepted for some problems.
- Year 9 entrance test specimen papers
Year 9 English Specimen Paper 1
Year 9 Multiple Choice Rationale – Paper 1
Year 9 English Specimen Paper 2
Year 9 Multiple Choice Rationale – Paper 2
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 1
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 1 Answers
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 2
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 2 – Answers
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 3
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 3 – Answers
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 4
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 4 – Answers
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 5
Year 9 Maths Specimen Paper 5 – Answers
Y9 Additional Specimen questions
Year 9 Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions