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 within the Mathematics Department
The Mathematics Department is an enthusiastic and friendly group of teachers. We aim to pass on that enthusiasm to our students and to develop within them confidence in their own mathematical understanding so that they can continue to be numerate and analytical in their adult lives.
The department also incorporates aspects of computational thinking into lessons, developing students’ ability to plan methods of solution for more complex problems. Our plans to develop this further include incorporating aspects of coding within our lessons in order to take full advantage of technology in enhancing understanding of mathematical concepts. Digital technology is integrated into our teaching and we make use of “Mathspace” (an iPad-centric maths ‘environment’ which deciphers handwriting as mathematical language and gives students instant feedback as they progress) to help students learn at home and support themselves.
The Mathematics Department is made up of ten teachers, some full time and others part time. We follow the new EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1) course in the senior school. In the Sixth Form we will be teaching the OCR (specification A) from September 2017. Mathematics is a compulsory subject within the IB and three of the courses (Higher Level Mathematics, Standard Level Mathematics and Standard Level Mathematical Studies) are offered. In total, approximately 75% of the 6th Form study Mathematics as part of their course.
Our students have a record of high achievement both in public exams and in competitions such as the Mathematics Challenges, follow-on rounds of the British Mathematical Olympiad and the Bebras Challenge. There are further opportunities for extension through clubs both in the Senior School and the Sixth Form, which also offer support for other examinations such as STEP Mathematics and other Mathematics admissions tests.
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.