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The Perse School

Hills Road

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ISC ID: 71232


Mr Edward Elliott (Head)

Boys - age range:

Day: 3 to 18

Girls - age range:

Day: 3 to 18


1673 pupils

The Perse School case studies (44)

Microbits - Provision and Training


  • The Perse School
  • Queen Edith's Primary School, Fen Ditton Primary School, Harston & Newton Primary School, Galfrid School, Fawcett School
  • Academic
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Governance - Primary


  • The Perse School
  • Burwell Village College Primary School, The Galfrid School, Over Primary School, Morley Memorial Primary School
  • Governance
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 24 state schools involved
  • 500+ state school pupils involved
  • 900 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

History of Art Mentoring
Head teacher, King’s Hedges Educational Federation, June 2016 : 'Your pupils, under the direction of staff, were attentive and sensitive to the various needs of my pupils. The mentors engaged with their mentees in an appropriate and instructive manner. It was great to see that a larger number of male pupils had signed up for the programme as few of my pupils have limited access to good male role models. Your pupils had taken the trouble to prepare personalised poems and songs as part of the final presentations, although I understand that your pupils were in the midst of their own exams. They were an impressive group of young people led by a very committed group of teachers. The organisation of the project was, once again, seamless. I must say that I have really enjoyed the partnership with your school and I will offer any support that I can to see that the relationship continues to grow and flourish'

OFSTED July 2015: King’s Hedges
‘A link with The Perse School (a high-performing independent school) has enabled a group of pupils in Year 6 to work with sixth formers in a range of art history activities, and sixth formers have been into school to support able mathematicians…The project with The Perse School made a major impact on the achievement of the pupils concerned. One wrote, ‘In King’s College Chapel, it was almost like a dream. The detail in the fan-patterned ceilings and beautiful, colourful stained-glass windows created an atmosphere of peace and calm’

Head of Ridgefield primary school, November 2017: 'It has been a great start, the Art workshops are inspiring the children'

Head Teacher Colville Primary School, April 2015
'We met with the children today to discuss their views on the project. They were overwhelmingly positive…it has built their confidence to speak to new people….improved understanding of the importance of working hard and what you can achieve by doing so, and they enjoyed time with their mentors, the activities and new places visited'

TA Year 5, Colville Primary School, January 2017 'Some of the pupils are usually extremely quiet but through this they grow in confidence. One pupil in particular wouldn’t dream of putting his hand up in lessons but today he put his hand up and told the group about his view of abstract paintings. That is something you would never associate with him. It gives them confidence and even small things like their conversation skills with people they don’t know are opening up. They are exposed to language that they are not used to and their vocabulary is widened. They love it. If they know they are coming to these sessions, they will definitely come into school, which is not always the case on a Friday. They also get a bond with the Perse pupil and individual attention that is rare in all schools'

Science Mentoring
Year 4/5/6 Phase Leader Shirley Community Primary School, January 2018, ‘The children are loving the programme!’

Teaching Assistant in Year 5, Shirley Community Primary School, January 2018, ‘Pupils get really excited about Perse trips. Getting on the mini bus and going into the Perse is such a big deal. There is one boy who comes up to me and asks every week ‘are we going to the Perse this week?!’. They love their bags too. This is such a lovely experience for them, it is a great opportunity. They lean an awful lot. Their science language improves and then they can use this in their lessons’

Teaching Assistant, Year 5 and 6, Fen Ditton Primary school, January 2018, ‘Being able to use the equipment and working one on one with pupils from the Perse really makes this project work. One on one supervision and mentoring is so valuable - there just isn’t the scope to do that in any other setting. There is so little time in primary school and here they have a full hour to really get stuck in. Having all the equipment and the setting of a lab makes the pupils think that the experience is amazing. The booklet is also fantastic and so professional that they love it. For pupils to be able to explore and love science and to love learning is such a wonderful thing’.
Jack, Year 6 Pupil, Fen Ditton Primary School, January 2018, ‘These have been the best hours that I have ever spent in my life’.

Feedback from the students and the deputy head has been incredibly positive. Deputy Headteacher, said he has been really proud of the Colville students’ behaviour as they were so engaged and keen to learn. Colville pupils love the carousel format so much that the year 6 want to start a similar carousel lesson as helpers for the reception children, in line with their school values.
Two of the most vulnerable boys who said they enjoyed working in small groups because it was okay to make mistakes without the whole class listening – your patience and enthusiasm has been much appreciated.

Perse sixth former Alice said: 'In terms of its impact, I think enrichment has so far helped the children at Colville to bolster their general learning abilities, insofar as they seem to be improving their methods of memorising and learning vocabulary and other more conceptual things like basic syntax in sentences. They also seem to be eager to learn - many of the students are keen to contribute when asked what they think specific words mean etc when doing exercises. I would even go as far as saying that our sessions with them are something that they look forward to; the vast majority of them are energised and happy to see us when we visit them.'

The anticipated impact of this programme is pupil enjoyment and engagement with a culture which has heavily influenced their own. Pupils learn the rudiments of Latin language and build vocabulary, grammar, and reading fluency and comprehension skills in both Latin and English. Anticipated outcomes: improved levels of literacy in English.

Below is a summary of Monkfield pupils’ responses when asked about their experiences, 19th January 2018:

What’s the best thing about Latin sessions?
•‘This is more fun than lessons’ (Carlijn)
•‘I like working out what the stories mean myself’ (Kayla)
•‘Learning Latin is a privilege’ (James, Ronaldo)
•'Challenge in a good way'
•‘I enjoy saying ‘salve’!’
•‘Like the Minimus course’ (Willow)

Does leaning Latin help with any other subjects?
•History because of the books and myths

Do you enjoy Latin and why?
•‘I like learning a new language’ (Carlijn)
•‘Having students teaching instead of teachers because teachers are strict and sometimes boring’ (Carlijn)
•Like translating stories and the exclusive nature of the subject
•Enjoy learning an ancient language and trying to use words with friends in the playground
•Good mixture of learning and comedy
•Like reading the comics and the faces
•Get better grades
•Love learning and talking to family about what they’ve learnt

Breakdown showing bursary fee assistance for the 2019/20 academic year intake into Year 7, 9  and sixth form:

A total of 12 bursaries were awarded for September 2019 in the Upper school with the following breakdown between years:

Year 7: 3 (2 x 75% or higher and 1 x 5-25%)

Year 9: 3 (2 x 75% or higher and 1 x 5-25%)

Year 12: 6 (2 x 75% or higher and 4 x 50-74%)

In addition to the above, 5 current Prep bursary holders who are transferring to the Upper will continue to receive bursary support. (4 x 75% or higher and 1 x 50-74%).

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.

During the 2018/19 academic year 86 pupils in at the Upper received bursary awards.  Of these, 15 received bursaries between 25% - 49% of tuition fees, 23 received bursaries between 50% -74% of fees and 48 received bursaries of 75% of fees or higher.

Bursaries are available for new entrants to the Upper School coming in 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% of the tuition fees. In September 2019 The Perse has offered mean-tested bursaries to 14 Upper school entrants excluding 5 Prep transfer pupils.

The Perse has limited bursarial 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 detailed means-test form relating to financial circumstances to be completed and returned 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.


·         There are currently 162 pupils at the Upper receiving scholarships.

·         The Perse offers scholarships to pupils who have shown particular academic aptitude or talent.

The value of all scholarships from 2019 is a one off payment of £450. There are two categories of scholarship; School Scholarships and Sixth Form Scholarships. School Scholarships apply to Years 7-11 and can only be awarded once. Sixth Form Scholarships would apply for lower sixth and upper sixth and can only be awarded once. This means a pupil who received a School Academic Scholarship in Y7 or Y9 could also be awarded a Sixth Form Academic Scholarship in Y12.

Year 7 and 9 scholarships

·         We award a number (usually 5 at each of year 7 and year 9) of Perse School Academic Scholarships to pupils entering the school at year 7 and year 9 who demonstrate exceptional ability in their entrance tests and interview, and who we believe will contribute markedly to the life of the school. Music scholarships are also awarded in year 7&9 to external pupils following audition with the Director of Music and who have also been offered a place via the entrance tests. Current Prep and Year 8 pupils are eligible to apply for music scholarships in year 7 and 9 respectively. We usually award 4 at entry for each of year 7 and year 9. We then award further Perse School Academic Scholarships to a number of candidates following continuous assessment throughout year 7 and 9. We usually award 5 at the end of both year 7 and year 9.

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 Y11(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 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 2020 intake:

Closing date for (external) entries to year 12: 4th November 2019

Sixth form entrance tests:   16th November 2019

Closing date for entries to year 7 & 9: 1st December 2019
Year 7 & 9 entrance tests:  11th January 2020

For further information regarding pupils who have benefitted from bursaries please see our website:

For further information regarding our bursaries and scholarships please see our website:


  • 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