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 upon 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 within the Design Department
The Design Engineering Department is a creative, well-established and lively department that encourages students to stretch themselves with their projects and to investigate new materials and processes. Project-based activities are at the heart of the department’s plans and students are encouraged to follow their own ideas and to fully engage with their designing and making. Group sizes are small (maximum 14) and this enables the students to develop their design skills to the full whilst ensuring that their learning experience is individual.
We encourage projects that give opportunities for aesthetic flair as well as integrating technology such as sensors, LEDs control and sound circuits; we also offer a very popular Architecture course in Year 9.
The department has close ties with the Visual Arts Department and at present we offer a course in 3D Design, which is an Art and Design GCSE endorsed by Edexcel. In the coming years there may be opportunities for developing a GCSE course of a more technological nature.
We have a fully equipped mixed materials workshop with a CNC milling machine and a laser cutter. There is also space for our technology-based projects, which are delivered both within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities. The workshop is supported by an experienced technician for three days a week. This summer the whole departmental area is being refurbished to create a larger workshop and two design studios.
We offer a variety of STEM opportunities for our students. In year 7 we have been working with Marshall Aerospace on a structures project; Year 9 have been involved with the Go4SET project; in Year 12 the department runs the very popular Engineering Education Scheme. The department also takes the lead in the delivery of a number of cross-curricular projects with an emphasis on team building and problem solving. We also have good connections with the university and local industry.
Your Role as a Teacher
At the Stephen Perse Foundation everyone is a learner. While our pupils enjoy the benefits of a creative and 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. We are iPad 1-to-1 from 11 to 18 and our Junior Schools and Pre-Preps use class sets. We are a leader in the use of digital technology within the classroom and are one of only 11 schools in the UK to be Apple Distinguished Schools. This helps us to support our teachers and learners to have an appropriate use of these technologies.
We don’t need you to be 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.