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The Perse School

The Perse School
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 Elliott
Senior Deputy Head Mr Daniel Cross
Chairman of the Governing Body Sir David Wright
Founder Dr Stephen Perse
Location Hills Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 8QF
England
DfE number 873/6010
DfE URN 110923 Tables
Staff 138 teaching, 117 support staff, 26 peripatetics[1]
Students 1061 (771 boys, 350 girls)[2]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses 8
Colours Purple and Black
Publication OP News Magazine
Alumni Old Perseans
Rival The Leys School
Website .uk.co.persewww

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

Contents

  • History 1
  • The Perse Foundation 2
  • Motto 3
  • Competitions, Olympiads and Scholarships 4
  • Sport 5
  • Music 6
  • Structure 7
  • Fees 8
  • Developments 9
  • Media Attention 10
    • Auschwitz theft 10.1
    • Headmaster's blog 10.2
    • Staff Controversies 10.3
  • Alumni 11
    • Academia 11.1
    • Art 11.2
    • Business 11.3
    • Engineering 11.4
    • Film and Theatre 11.5
    • Law 11.6
    • Media 11.7
    • Military 11.8
    • Music 11.9
    • Politics 11.10
    • Religion 11.11
    • Science 11.12
    • Sport 11.13
  • Staff 12
    • Headmasters 12.1
    • Notable staff 12.2
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

History

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. Although they have the same name, The Perse and The Stephen Perse Foundation are unrelated, and both are now mixed gender.

The Perse Foundation

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.

Motto

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.[3]

Competitions, Olympiads and Scholarships

Pupils regularly compete and score highly in academic competitions and Olympiads, in addition to winning awards including Arkwright Engineering Scholarships[4][5] and Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries).[6][7] Students have won scholarships for summer placements at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel[8][9] and research institutes in Heidelberg, Germany.[10][11]

British competition results include:

Students have also competed in international competitions including the International Mathematical Olympiad,[22] the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad,[23] the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad,[23] the International Biology Olympiad,[24][25] the International Rocketry Challenge,[26][27] the European Union Contest for Young Scientists[28] and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.[29]

Sport

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.

Music

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.

Structure

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.

Fees

An old prospectus lists the fees as £3 per term in 1890.[30]

School fees
2007 - 2008[31] 2008 - 2009[32] 2009 - 2010[33] 2010 - 2011[34] 2011 - 2012[35][36] 2012 - 2013[37] 2013 - 2014[38][39] 2014 - 2015[2][40]
Per term (£) 3,908 4,123 4,286 4,421 4,549 4,883 4,817 4,970
Per year (£) 11,724 12,369 12,858 13,263 13,647 14,649 14,451 14,910
Yearly
Increase (%)
N/A 5.50 3.95 3.15 2.90 7.34 -1.35 3.18

Developments

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

Media Attention

As a high-profile fee-paying school, the Perse has found itself in the media spotlight on a number of occasions.

Auschwitz theft

In 2015, two 17-year-old Perse students were caught attempting to steal items from Auschwitz. After spending a night in jail, the pair were fined and released on probation by the Polish authorities.[41]

Headmaster's blog

On his blog the headmaster, Ed Elliott, described his 'ten second challenge' in which he would give students who "commit occasional minor misdemeanours (such as forgetting a book) the opportunity to talk their way out of a punishment."[42] The story was quickly picked up by the mainstream media[43] who reported that pupils were "let off punishment for clever excuses".[44]

Staff Controversies

An unnamed teacher was fired for kissing two pupils, believed to be 18-year-old girls, in a Cambridge nightclub. The incident was referred to the General Teaching Council for England and Independent Safeguarding Authority.[45]

The year before beginning work at the Perse, the school's chaplain Rev Bruce Kinsey was accused of blasphemy by local clergy and Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe after using the e-mail address god[at]dow.cam.ac.uk whilst working at the University of Cambridge. In response he stated, "As a college chaplain, it's important that people are able to contact me easily. This new email address has certainly proved to be memorable to both students and staff in the college."[46]

Alumni

Academia

Art

Business

Engineering

Film and Theatre

Law

Media

Military

Music

Politics

Religion

Science

Sport

Staff

Headmasters

Notable staff

See also

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External links

  • Official website
  • School Roll of Honour for the World Wars
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