The Stephen Perse Foundation - Junior School
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
About The Stephen Perse Foundation - Junior School
We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day
The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, both students and staff, achieves and makes a contribution every day.
For us, our examination results, brilliant as they are, are not an end in themselves. Instead, they are a small part of a much broader process and experience. That process is all about added value, something we offer and look for in staff as much as in students. It is something in which every journey both begins with and is built around the individual.
A global outlook, a focus on pedagogy, a ground-breaking commitment to digital learning and an emphasis on inspirational learning environments make us different. More than that, our policy of 'looking beyond' underpins education here. Co-curricular learning is integral to what we do, where opportunity and excellence are valued and encouraged.
Our community, led by the Principal, Miss Tricia Kelleher, is made up of a family of six different schools, each with its own Head, comprising 1,100 boys and girls aged 3 to 18, around 150 teaching staff and 145 support staff.
With an Exceptional ISI Inspection report in 2014 and Independent School of the Year 2014/5, we have much to be proud about.
However, we know that education in the twenty-first century is as much about looking forward as looking back. We have just completed a pioneering redevelopment plan, which includes a five-storey sports and learning centre in the heart of Cambridge. We have also admitted boys right through the Foundation, with a diamond formation for learning for both boys and girls in the Senior School. It’s a twenty first century vision of single-sex education that we believe is right for the future.
Welcome to the Junior School
We encourage children to be active learners – to ask questions, to make mistakes and to explore their interests and talents.
By combining academic rigour with creative, flexible teaching we see our pupils grow as independent learners.
We pride ourselves on an approach which is motivational, innovative, inspiring and highly creative. Following the opening of a unique and visionary library and brilliantly designed learning spaces, our Junior School offers an exciting, skills-based, thematic curriculum which hinges on enabling pupils to become active thinkers and learners.
Our innovative Diamond model is unique in Cambridge. From Year 5, we offer our girls and boys the academic benefits of single-sex lessons in core subjects, whilst they continue to enjoy a co-educational setting for other areas – the best of both worlds.
We offer a breadth of experience, in art, sport, drama and music, as well as in Philosophy for Children. Our pupils enjoy endless ways to discover their own strengths and gain life-long skills, as well as the confidence to take their next steps in education when they leave.
We warmly invite you to come and see us in action
Katie Milne, Head Teacher
Being involved in a house assembly, playing in a concert, taking part in a learning challenge or representing the school in a sports fixture – our days are packed with opportunities to go beyond the classroom and into new areas of discovery.
Knowing each individual child
We want our pupils to be confident and to have the courage to step outside their comfort zone. To do that they need to be happy and secure which is why we make their well-being our highest priority.
As we really know our pupils, we can spot if someone needs a bit of extra support or is ready for a new challenge.
Connecting home and school
Strong partnerships between home and school complete the picture. Apart from the usual evenings and open days, parents are encouraged to involve themselves in all aspects of school life.
Whether that means joining the audience when their child is acting or making music, helping with a trip or talking over concerns and opportunities with a form teacher.
What do our children think?
What’s the best thing about life in the Junior School? Our children would probably say their friends. The joy of working together, playing with each other or just hanging out over a hot chocolate at breakfast – it’s what school life’s all about.
At our Junior School, praise isn't reserved for high-flyers. We believe that our pupils should be rewarded for more than academic success.
Assemblies – celebrating a breadth of achievement
From achievements in sports and music, to examples of good citizenship and consistent effort – our assemblies celebrate a breadth of achievements.
Houses – working together to achieve
Every member of our Junior School – even the teachers – belongs to one of six school houses, which are named after previous heads and governors.
House events bring pupils together from all four Year groups to work together under the leadership of their house and games captains.
Inter-house sports competitions, making up a house chant for sports day or creating artwork together, our house events build friendships between and create strong bonds.
Pupil’s work – sharing achievements
It is important that all pupils are able to share their work with their peers and in some cases, we share our achievements beyond school.
Year 6 Leavers’ Evening
This evening includes all Year 6 pupils and is a celebration and reflection of their time here. A specially chosen book is presented to each pupil to recognise their contribution to the Junior School and to serve as a memory of their experiences.
We believe it's never too early to start taking charge – with a sense of fairness and personal responsibility.
All pupils are encouraged and supported to be responsible for their own actions and possessions. We also have a variety of opportunities to take on additional responsibility.
Children are encouraged to stand for positions of responsibility – form leader, school council member or eco committee representative among them. Year 6 pupils can also stand for house or games captain, with voting by all house members after a short campaign.
Every term each form elects two Form Leaders (Year 3 do not have Leaders in their first term). They also elect a School Council representative in September and a new Council is elected in February (Year 3 participate in the second election only). A similar process is taken for the Eco-Committee.
Many everyday, practical tasks are carried out by classroom monitors and Year 6 pupils often take on extra jobs, such as preparing the hall for morning assembly or supervising the tuck shop trolley.
For the first few days of the school year ‘buddies’ help new pupils at morning playtime and at lunchtime.
I learnt so much, in fact too much to count, but I know now a trebuchet needs to be strong and stable to fire projectiles.- Hagen, Year 4
Today was one of the best days in school! I learnt more about Spanish culture from this experience and made more friends too. I enjoyed everything, especially the Kahoot quiz.- Junior School Pupil