The Perse School

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The Perse School
Perse school crest.svg
The school crest
Motto Latin: Qui facit per alium facit per se

He who does things for others does them for himself
Established 1615 (1615)
Type Independent day school
Religion Nondenominational Christian
Head Mr Edward Eliott
Senior Deputy Head Mr Daniel Cross
Chairman of the Governing Body Sir David Wright
Founder Dr Stephen Perse
Location Hills Road
England England Coordinates: 52°10′51″N 0°08′19″E / 52.180833°N 00.138611°E / 52.180833; 00.138611
DfE number 873/6010
DfE URN 110923 Tables
Staff 138 teaching, 117 support staff, 26 peripatetics
Students 1061
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses 8
Colours Purple and Black
Publication OP News Magazine
Alumni Old Perseans
Rival The Leys School

The Perse Upper School is an independent secondary co-educational day school in Cambridge, England.


The school was founded in 1615 by Stephen Perse, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and has been housed on several different sites in the city before its present site on Hills Road. In 1881 a girls' school (Perse Girls) was founded and this is now part of the Stephen Perse Foundation.

The Perse Foundation[edit]

There are also preparatory and pre-preparatory schools related to The Perse School. Boys and girls aged 3 to 7 attend 'The Pelican' pre-preparatory school, located on Glebe Road, Cambridge. The Perse Preparatory School is located on Trumpington Road, Cambridge, and is for boys and girls aged 7 – 11.


The school motto is Qui facit per alium facit per se, usually taken to mean "He who does things for others does them for himself". This is an example of a rebus motto, the Latin sentence ending in a word play on the founder's name "per se" and his benefaction. A blue plaque dedicated to the school's founder, Dr Stephen Perse, can be found in Free School Lane, Cambridge.[1]


In 2005, the Perse under-14 hockey team became National Champions, beating Millfield. In 2006 the Perse under-16 indoor hockey team reached the National Indoor Finals, and the following year the same age group won the competition.

The Perse school U16s then won the National Indoor hockey competition again the year after that, making the U16s back to back National Indoor Champions. Two members of that Hockey Team, Adam Miller and Michael Franklin, then went on to achieve national selection and subsequently represented England in several tournaments across Europe.

In the Michaelmas Term 2005 the rugby First XV became the most successful team in 14 years after their win against The Leys School, again one member of this team achieved notable individual sporting success - Owen Giles now has a professional contract with Northampton Saints RUFC[citation needed].


The Perse has a senior orchestra, string orchestra, full choir, chorale group, 3 wind bands, swing band and jazz band. There are also about 35 smaller groups meeting weekly for rehearsal. In 2006, the String Orchestra toured to Paris and the Senior Wind Band toured to Iceland. Each year concerts take place at the West Road Concert Hall, Emmanuel United Reformed Church and Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church.


The school is divided into three sections: the Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form. The Lower School contains the Year 7 and Year 8 pupils (ages 11–13), the Middle School consists of the Year 9 to Year 11 students (ages 13–16) and focuses principally on IGCSEs taken at the end of Year 11. Most IGCSE courses begin officially in Year 10, although some longer courses (such as Biology and Geography) are started in Year 9. Pupils in the top two sets for Mathematics, have the option to take this IGCSE at the end of Year 10, and then use Year 11 to take an Additional Mathematics stand-alone qualification. In years 12 and 13 pupils study for A Levels. There are plans to expand to over 1000 pupils over the next ten years.

There are 8 houses: Northwold Yales, Pendeen Dragons, Gonville Griffins, Mecklenburgh Unicorns, Lithburn Eagles, Bateman Bulls, Glebe Falcons and Langdale Lions.

The classrooms at the Perse are named numerically, e.g. 1, 2, 3, with specialist classrooms such as science labs and music rooms being denoted by a prefix to their number; for example: P1 for Physics or A2 for Art.


The Perse School began accepting girls at 11+ and 13+ in September 2010 and became fully co-educational in September 2012.



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  1. ^ "Stephen Perse blue plaque in Cambridge". Open Plaques. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal (2013) "Bloch, Maurice". Reece Jon McGee and Richard L. Warms (eds), Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 77-88.
  3. ^ "William Reeve - entrepreneur, investor - personal homepage". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Eliott, Edward (11 February 2015). "Enterprising careers advice". The Perse School. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Thrilled to see Old Persean Ivo Dawkins in the Cambridge squad". 10 March 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Ingle, Sean (4 April 2014). "Boat Race 2014: Ivo Dawkins aims to avoid dad's sinking feeling". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Governing Body". Magdalen College School. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Governors & Council". Haileybury. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Thring of Uppingham: Victorian Educator". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Thring of Uppingham: Victorian Educator". The University of Buckingham Press. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jon Peckett keen to nurture talent at The Perse School". Cambridge News. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 

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