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Perse School Cambridge

Student rating 4.2/5 by University of Oxford student
Hills Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 8QF United Kingdom

Academic

Perse School Cambridge review by University of Oxford student. There are a great many outstanding teachers at the Perse who take it upon themselves not just to tick boxes and pass exams, but to inspire the pupils and instill in them a desire for knowledge. While in certain subjects there appears to be an emphasis on teachers' academic prowess rather than on teaching ability, all teachers are competent and many exceptional. Many teachers link their teaching with the school's ethos of integrity and create a climate of respect both towards teachers and between pupils. Naturally, teaching styles and levels of discipline vary between classes but the best teachers create a classroom atmosphere not based upon fear of discipline but upon certain dynamic between teacher and pupils which is highly inducive to both enthusiasm and learning. The Perse is not just an exam factory, though its academic record speaks for itself, it is much more than that, for many teachers the primary aim is not to produce exam statistics, but rather to produce gentlemen.

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

Despite vast expansion in recent years, the Perse maintains a pleasant aesthetical feel with large grounds and areas of trees and grass. The school is well set back from the main roads providing a sheltered, bubble like existence. The Perse boasts a great range of facilities, from well kept science labs to new sports facilities and language blocks. There is a well used lecture theatre for plays, talks and musical events and students are encouraged to participate. As with all schools dealing with privileged teenaged boys, there is a camaraderie that is sometimes beneficial and sometimes disruptive. However, in nearly all cases teachers are more than capable to controlling immature behaviour in the class and bullying, although inevitably happens from time to time, is absolutely not tolerated and pupils have been expelled in the past for this.

The opportunities for extracurricular activities are outstanding and increase as pupils progress through the school. While sports in the lower years are compulsory, by the time Sixth Form is reached, candidates can chose their sports from a wide range of options including rock climbing, horse riding, shooting, golf and cross country running. Perhaps the greatest opportunity for extracurricular activities comes from the Combined Cadet Force offering opportunities from Adventurous Training Weeks to Parachuting and Scuba Diving. Cadets is not compulsory and pupils can chose instead to participate in community service schemes ranging from environmental programs to helping in old peoples homes. The Venture Scouts, although now disbanded and formed into an Exploration Unit has a strong tradition of travel and mountaineering with yearly summer expeditions to places as far a field as Austria, Kenya, Iceland and Ecuador. In addition there are opportunities to travel to Greece and Italy throughout the school on annual classics trips as well as occasional geography and history trips. Each term there is a field day where CCF cadets go on exercise and the rest of the school make academically linked trips to museums, theatres and places of historical interest. In addition there are a range of music groups and orchestras for muscicians of all abilities.