The Perse School

Clubs and societies

100+ ways to find or foster a hobby

Our vibrant programme of clubs and societies help develop pupils’ self-confidence, organisation, team working and leadership skills, as well as providing interests for life and a chance to make new friends.

There are currently more than 100 lunchtime and after school clubs and societies on offer at the Upper. Students can explore international diplomacy in the Model United Nations club, make links between the classical world and our own in Lyceum, create everything from comics and craft to robots, and even learn to bake.

We actively encourage students to form societies and we can even provide seed funding to help them get started.

The list below gives just a flavour of what is on offer.

The 42

The 42 brings in a varied range of experts at the top of their field to share their research and experiences with pupils. Students have the opportunity to attend up to 20 lectures each year on a varied range of subjects. Topics fall well outside the boundaries of the school curriculum, and frequently cross disciplinary boundaries. For more detail see the 42 society page.

Technical Theatre Company

Students have the chance to develop their technical theatre skills in areas including lighting, sound, set, props and stage management, working as part of a large team on the wide variety of drama productions and events that the School puts on.  Company members have the option to apply for technical roles in the School’s large scale productions.

Programming Society

Whether complete beginner or seasoned pro, Programming Society welcomes students to develop their skills. The club offers the opportunity for students to take part in national computing competitions and work towards certificates that recognise their burgeoning programming skills.

Science Club

There’s just not enough time in lessons to pack in all of the brilliant ideas our students have for experiments and investigations. In Science Club activities range from solving murders to exploring pond life, making slime to setting off fireworks. This weekly club for pupils in Years 7 to 9 is also a great place for our budding young scientists to pick up ideas for their very own scientific research.

Christel House Club

This weekly club is designed for those who are interested in learning about different cultures whilst improving their art and craft skills. The Perse has a close relationship with the Christel House School in Bangalore. Three projects take place each year (usually focused on producing literacy resources for the pupils), and in the past have included the creation of an illustrated alphabet to be displayed in the Christel House classroom and a storybook for kindergarten pupils.

Modern Foreign Languages

We are pleased to offer a range of extra-curricular language options to our students. Students can choose from Japanese, Mandarin and Italian GCSE. These courses usually run for two years, with students attending both lunchtime and after school sessions.

Ceramics Clubs

Ceramics Club is aimed at any student who would like to make a creative piece of 3D work using clay.  You will set your own mini project, work out what you would like to make and then research the best method and type of clay to use for your artwork.

Bodywork Dance Club

Whatever a student’s dancing ability, Bodywork Dance Club provides an opportunity to try street dance, contemporary and jazz. In the weekly lunchtime sessions pupils learn new routines, many of which are showcased in the annual Bodywork outreach show.


Golf Club has become increasingly popular at The Perse. Each year, the School enters a junior team into the Inter Schools’ Golf Challenge Competition, which is held at Cambridge Lakes. The teams also compete in the ISGA matchplay and stroke play competitions. The senior golf team for those in Years 9 to the Upper Sixth, regularly plays at the Gog Magog Golf Club, and they recently reached the national finals of the ISGA competition. Pupils can improve their skills at weekly meetings after school during the Summer term.

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