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Perse School Cambridge

Student rating 3.8/ 5 by University College London student
Hills Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 8QF United Kingdom

Academic

Perse School Cambridgereview by University College London student. Class size and teaching styles at The Perse School (Cambridge) were, for the most part, excellent. The small school site meant access to faculty was easy and welcomed. Work load was large, but not excessive. Strength of teaching was best in History and Geography. Languages were also excellent. Humanities, especially English, were at times weak, with the exception of one single teacher, Mrs Birch, now no longer at the school. The school maintains a healthy balance between exams and general learning. Teachers are wholly aware of all the necessary preparations needed for the exams, but are mostly interested in encouraging actual learning, especially in able students who will likely pass the subject with ease.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

The quality of life is high. Kids of a lower socio-economic status may feel excluded or bullied, especially in younger years, although this may have improved. The tone is quite elitist, and does not teach a proper understanding of real life in society. The school is somewhat in a bubble.

I was mostly involved in the drama department, playing roles and writing several performances, which were also taken around to local schools for performance. I was also involved in Tennis in the summer, although the main focus is on Rugby, Cricket and Hockey, none of which were to my tastes.