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.
Your Role as a Leader
As a Curriculum Leader, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring that The Stephen Perse Foundation continues to be an exceptional place to learn. You will act as a bridge between the senior team and your colleagues as classroom practitioners, translating the Big Picture into the day-to-day reality of school life and influencing policy. As a leader of teaching and learning, you will be a role model for your colleagues – all excellent practitioners with a passion for learning and a mind open to new ideas.
As part of your role, you will be encouraged and expected to develop a high profile for your subject within our school family – students, parents and alumni. We see our school very much within the context of the national and even global educational community and will therefore encourage you to promote your subject and also the school within the wider education community.
Your role as a teacher
At the Stephen Perse Foundation everyone is a learner. While our students enjoy the benefits of a creative, innovative learning environment, our teachers strive to inspire and engage through using a wide range of pedagogical approaches.
We want every teacher to offer the very best in teaching and learning to our students and this will inevitably, and perhaps even increasingly, involve the digital world.
As digitally-connected pioneers of technology in education we were one of the first Apple Distinguished Schools in the UK. We are iPad 1-to-1 from 11 to 18 and our Junior Schools and Pre-Preps have class sets. Our students use iPads as ‘virtual satchels’ and through technology we are unlocking new ways to learn, connect, collaborate and innovate.
You don’t need to be a fluent or confident user of technology before you start working with us, but we will want you to have an agile and ambitious mind-set that is open to adopting new techniques.
Training and support is offered on a regular basis as part of formal and informal CPD and is focused on student learning.