The Perse Preparatory School

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Perse Preparatory School
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Established 1910
Type Independent preparatory school
Headmaster James Piper[1]
Location Trumpington Road
England England Coordinates: 52°11′13″N 0°07′18″E / 52.1870°N 0.1217°E / 52.1870; 0.1217
Local authority Cambridgeshire
Gender co-educational since September 2007[2]
Ages 7–11
Houses Barbarians (Red), Corinthians (Blue) and Foresters (Green).[3]
Website Perse Preparatory School's Website

The Perse Preparatory School is a co-educational prep school located in Cambridge, England. It is the junior day school for The Perse School (known as the upper school). It is situated in its own grounds around 1½ miles from the upper school and is totally self-contained. Formerly a boys school, the Prep school became fully co-educational in September 2007.[2] The headmaster is James Piper,[1] who took over from Gareth Jones in September 2014. As of 2014, the school has approximately 280 pupils.[4] Many pupils will transfer into the Upper School at age 11.


The Perse School itself was founded in 1615 by Dr Stephen Perse, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, although the Preparatory School was not built until 1910. In 1950 it moved to its current location in Trumpington Road, Cambridge, formerly one of the old upper school boarding houses.

The building which the school uses was originally called Leighton House. It was built for Robert Sayle who owned a city centre department store (John Lewis) and who moved into the house in the late 1860s.[5]


In each year, pupils who enter at 7+ are put into to three mixed ability forms: 3A, 3Alpha or 3Aleph. Every year classes are mixed up again.


Each pupil is placed into a house when they join the school, either Barbarians, Corinthians. or Foresters. The school has a house point system which gives pupils the opportunity to win house points for positive contributions to school life and has Strikes that will lose them house points when they are behaving badly.