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), latest school report and a brief outline of his/her hobbies and interests (maximum 500 words). 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. Please note that we do not test overseas.
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.
Key Dates for 2020 entry
Note – Registration has closed and entrance tests have taken place
Music scholarship auditions – week commencing 10 February 2020
Deadline for acceptance of offer – 2 March 2020
Year 7 Move-Up Day – Thursday 18 June 2020
Year 9 Move-Up Day – Tuesday 30 June 2020
Induction Day – 2 September 2020
Full term begins – 3 September 2020
- 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