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St Faith's School

6 Trumpington Road

T: +44 (0)1223 352073

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ISC ID: 28507


Mr Nigel Helliwell (Headmaster)

Boys - age range:

Day: 4 to 13

Girls - age range:

Day: 4 to 13


570 pupils

St Faith's School case studies (4)

St Faith's Partnership


  • St Faith's School
  • Babraham CofE (VC) Primary School, Babraham, Cambridge
  • Academic
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Master Classes


  • St Faith's School
  • Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge
  • Academic
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 50 state schools involved
  • 500+ state school pupils involved
  • 55 staff hours given

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement

Last academic year, we selected 15 pupils to collaborate with pupils form Castle and Granta Special Schools on an Integrated Arts Project. Kaye Allen (Head of Drama) took charge of organising and running the event with Fiona Davies (English/Drama teacher) and Phil Graves (Teaching Assistant) working with the children. The project, now in its fourteenth year, aims to promote creativity and to foster understanding and integration between people with and without a disability. We have found that this opportunity can build bridges on many levels, not simply in terms of ability/disability but also across the state/independent sector. Our pupils work in partnership with children with behavioural, physical or learning difficulties, in a carefully supervised environment. The workshop enables shy children to shine and requires confident children to share. One of our Year 7 pupils wrote,

‘I think the best part of this project was when all of the children danced together, as then it didn’t matter if you were disabled or not because dance can be in all kinds of different forms. I think this project made me realise that we are all more similar than we are different.’

Our partnership with Milton Road Primary school is now into its third year. Children from Milton Road come to St Faith’s for ninety minute Masterclasses, designed and led by our Heads of academic Departments. The sessions covered include English, Maths, Science, Languages (modern and classical), Humanities, Engineering and Computing. For each session, a different group of Year 6 takes part, and St Faith’s provides transport as well as tuition. The sessions have been very well received and the children and accompanying staff are always very positive. Our staff have enjoyed the experience of sharing their own enthusiasm with different groups of pupils.

We launched a new partnership last year with Babraham Primary School in Cambridge, a small school with fewer than a hundred children. The partnership started with Year 3 children from Babraham, visiting St Faith’s, to see our production of Madagascar. We put on a coach to collect the children and they also stayed for lunch. It was fair to say that they were blown away by the choice and quality of food as well as the dazzling performance of our children on stage. Year 6 children then visited St Faith’s for a Science lesson and to experience learning in a fully equipped Science lab, something the children from Babraham had not encountered before. We will continue with these Science lessons once a term, next year and look to add other subjects, such as Computing and Engineering, in the future.

In February, we were delighted to host a mental health conference for teachers and nurses from Cambridge Schools in February. The speakers ranged from Consultant Dermatologists to Clinical Psychologists and Paediatric Neuropsychologists. The highlight was certainly the two students from BEAT (UK’s leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders), who gave an emotional talk and really helped to raise awareness of the mental health issues facing school children. The conference, organised by St Faith’s School Nurses, was a huge success and gave colleagues from schools in our surrounding area, more confidence when confronting these issues. Over a hundred delegates attended.


St Faith’s offer Academic Scholarships for children entering Year 3, and these are available for both internal and external candidates. There is no formal application procedure; children who perform very well in the Year 3 entry tests (external candidates) and regular assessments in their Year 2 class (internal candidates) will be invited to sit the scholarship papers. When awarding a scholarship, we will take in to account the results of these scholarships tests and the reference from the child’s current school. Scholarships are occasionally awarded to candidates who perform extremely well in the Entrance Tests for Years 4 to 8.  Academic Scholarship awards are normally between 10% and 30% of the full fees.

St Faith’s Bursaries

St Faith’s offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries to support new pupils to the School where parental means would be insufficient to meet the fees in their entirety. Bursaries, on a sliding scale, are awarded to pupils who we believe will gain most from a St Faith’s education, and who will contribute fully to the life of the school.

The provision of all financial assistance is at the sole discretion of the School and is subject to the means-testing rigour expected of independent schools by the Charity Commissioners. Both parents/guardians will be required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support (up to the value of around 40% of the fees in recent years) varies according to a range of circumstances including parental need, and also according to the amount of funding available.

Entry to Year 3 and above If you wish to apply for bursary funding for entry into other Year groups, the Bursary Application Form should be fully completed and submitted directly to the Bursar with supplementary documentation by 31 October in the calendar year prior to the year of admission. At the same time an Application Form and fee should be submitted directly to the Registrar, if one has not already been submitted. Please note that we cannot consider Bursary applications for children for whom Application Forms for a place at the School have not been received. You should also check with the Registrar whether there are still places available in your child’s proposed Year group prior to submitting an Application Form, if it is for other than a Year 3 place.

Allocation of funds will be considered by the School Bursary Committee, and decisions will be communicated at the same time that academic places are awarded in Spring Term prior to admission.

Entry to Pre Prep

Please note that financial assistance is only available for entry to the Pre Prep in very exceptional circumstances, and the deadline for Pre Prep Bursary applications is 31 March in the calendar year prior to entry.

Please send your application and accompanying documentation marked for the attention of The Bursar. The outcome of Bursary applications for Pre Prep children will be communicated during the Summer Term in the calendar year prior to admission.

Bursary applications which arrive at the School after the deadline will not be accepted, nor will those that are submitted after an offer of a place has been accepted and the Deposit paid.

Summary of Key Points:

  • Bursary Applications for Years 3-8 must be submitted with all required supporting documentation by 31 October in the year prior to admission. Decisions regarding Bursaries will be communicated at the same time as academic decisions.
  • A Bursary Application will not be accepted if an Application Form has not been submitted.
  • Bursary applications will not be accepted for new pupils where the offer of a place has already been accepted and a deposit has been paid.
  • Exceptionally, Bursary applications will be accepted for children applying for places in Pre Prep. These applications must be received by the School by 31 March in the year prior to entry and decisions will be communicated during the Summer Term in the year prior to entry.
  • Academic scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts