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Cambridge is a wonderful mix of old and new, from its 800 year old university to the state of the art facilities of its science and technology parks.

The city is one of the world’s fastest growing business clusters. With a population of only 120,000, it has more billion dollar companies than much larger UK cities, near full-employment and productivity levels 30% above London. It is rapidly becoming the most exciting technology cluster in Europe, with companies such as Microsoft and Apple alongside exciting start-up companies, and has one of the highest concentrations of Nobel prize-winners in the world.

Cambridge offers a high quality of life to people looking for all the facilities of a cosmopolitan city, which attracts people from all over the world to work, study or visit, combined with a small-town feel. It has a fine array of high street stores and independent boutiques on cobbled lanes; markets; Michelin-starred restaurants, pop-up eateries, traditional pubs and back street cafes; museums and institutes; and cinemas, concert halls and theatres. Yet it retains acres of green space, a beautiful botanic garden, riverside parkland, a 1920s lido, the famous Grantchester meadows and city centre common land where cows still graze.

It is a vibrant city known for its architecture and heritage. The housing market is strong and stock is varied, offering anything from city centre bay-fronted Victorian terraces to modern urban apartments within cycling distance of the school. Many choose to live in the surrounding villages to take advantage of large gardens and cottage-style properties.

Living in Cambridge opens up to a world of new social and intellectual opportunities, from the internationally-renowned independent film festival, to the Festival of Ideas and the Cambridge Science Festival – annual events organised by Cambridge University and open to the whole community.

The Perse benefits from the world-class academic resources on its doorstep, surrounded as we are by the colleges of the University, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Science Park, and research institutions such as the Babraham Institute and the Sanger Centre for genome research. Eminent experts often come to the School to inspire students, or invite them to their premises to see their work in action.

Just minutes away from school is Addenbrooke’s hospital, which is undergoing major expansion as the new Cambridge Biomedical Campus is built. This will be a world-class centre of excellence in biomedical related research, patient care and education, with pharmaceutical giants such as GSK and AstraZeneca building new headquarters nearby. By 2020, it will be one of the leading biomedical centres in the world. The expansion has also led to major housing developments in the area as Cambridge becomes an increasingly dynamic and desirable place to live and work.

Cambridge is just 50 minutes by train from London, giving easy access to the capital, is well served by road and rail links, has its own international airport and is within easy distance of the major London airports.

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