The Perse School

The Perse is a co-educational 3-18 institution with three constituent schools each on its own site. The Pelican educates children from 3-7, the Prep from 7-11 and the Upper from 11-18. The Perse is an academically selective day school drawing pupils from within a thirty-mile radius of Cambridge. It enjoys strong links with the University and aims to maximise the benefits of its Cambridge location.

Hills Road

+44 (0)1223 403800

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ISC associations: HMC, IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Church of England/Interdenominational

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 1705

The Perse School fees:

Day fees per term:
£3,718 to £7,061

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
873 / 6010

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 18 (899)

Sixth Form: (211)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 18 (806)

Sixth Form: (163)

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Additional Information

Classroom differentiation is the first line of support for pupils. Individualised strategies to support learning (based on pupils’ special educational needs and disabilities) are provided to the relevant teaching staff via the learning support department. Learning support staff check that these strategies are in place. Further small group or one-to-one support with a learning support assistant is provided to those SEND pupils that require additional input. These sessions are used to work on specific targets based on individual profiles.

Breakdown showing bursary fee assistance for the 2022/23 academic year intake into Year 7, 9 and Sixth Form:

A total of 11 bursaries were awarded for September 2022 in the Upper school with the following breakdown between years:

Year 7: 8 (2 x 75% or higher and 6 x 50-74%)

Year 9: 3 (1 x 75% or higher and 2 x 5-24%)

Bursary support with school fees
The Perse is committed to broadening access by offering eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with school fees. The Perse Upper School offers a number of bursaries which are means-tested. No bursaries are available for entry into the Pre-Prep or Prep Schools. 

Bursary holders receive a percentage reduction against tuition fees, school lunch charges and middle school device scheme charges.  The securing and induction fee payable on acceptance of a place is also reduced by the same percentage.  For children awarded higher levels of bursary support, additional funding may also be offered to assist with the cost of certain extras.

During the 2022/23 academic year 67 pupils at the Upper School are receiving bursary awards.  Of these, 2 receive bursaries between 5% - 24%, 9 receive bursaries between 25% - 49%, 22 receive bursaries between 50% -74% and 34 receive bursaries of 75% or higher with 14 of those receiving full bursary support.

Bursaries are available for new entrants to the Upper School joining at different entrance points and are awarded at entry into Year 7, Year 9 and the sixth form. These awards vary from 5% to 100%.

The Perse has limited bursary funds to provide emergency assistance to parents of Prep and Upper School pupils where there has been an unforeseen change in financial circumstances. Such awards are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. (For information on this for existing pupils please contact the Deputy Bursar.)

To apply for a bursary, parents must first complete the registration form and pay the registration fee before the deadline published on the School’s website. The box on the registration form applying for ‘means-tested assistance with school fees’ must be ticked. The Bursary will then send the parents a link to the School’s online bursary portal where they can provide the required financial information and supporting documentation which must be submitted before the entrance test date. 

The School’s bursary assessments are undertaken by an independent company acting on its behalf.  All bursaries are assessed on a means-tested basis and include a visit to the family home of applicants who have been offered a place at the School to help gain an understanding of the family situation and calculate the financial need of the family on an individual basis. Assessments take into account the family’s situation, including the financial circumstances of both parents and of any current partner of one or both parents, along with social security benefits and other financial details. These will include both capital and current income.

The School will advise parents in writing of the amount of financial support they will receive before they need to take a decision on any offer of a place.

All bursary applications are subject to annual means-testing and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances and financial information provided on review. A child can be awarded a bursary and scholarship at the same time.

In Years 7 and 9, we award music scholarships.

Perse pupils in Year 7 and Year 9 will receive an invitation to audition for a music scholarship at the end of the academic year’.

Scholarship awards are not means-tested and are one off payments of £500.

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Sixth form scholarships
·         Sixth form academic scholarships are available to both current pupils and external applicants. Current Year 11 pupils are continually assessed during Years 10 and 11 and scholarships are awarded to the top performing students, usually approximately 15 pupils.

·         Perse Sixth Form Scholarships are also open to existing Year 11(who have not been awarded one by continuous assessment) and external applicants (who have reached a satisfactory standard in the entrance tests) and would be awarded as follows:

a)    Perse Sixth Form Academic Scholarships via exemplary performance on the Sixth Form entrance tests (usually a maximum of 10 scholarships).

b)    Perse Sixth Form Music Scholarships via music auditions (usually a maximum of 4 scholarships).

c)    Perse Sixth Form Sports Scholarships via sporting assessments / interviews (usually a maximum of 4 scholarships).

d)    Perse Sixth Form Art Scholarships via art portfolio / interview (usually a maximum of 2 scholarships).

e)    Perse Sixth Form Drama Scholarship via drama audition (usually a maximum of 2 scholarships).

f)     Dr Perse Scholarships for school service. Dr Perse Scholarships will be awarded (via application) to students who either at The Perse or in their current school have made a major contribution to the extracurricular (breadth and balance) and pastoral (valuing one another and the environment) life of the / their school (usually a maximum of 10 scholarships).

Assessment dates for 2023 intake:

Closing date for (external) entries to Year 12: 1st November 2022

Sixth Form entrance tests: 26th November 2022

Closing date for entries to Year 7 and 9: 1st December 2022
Year 7 and 9 entrance tests: 14th January 2023

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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