Perse School Cambridge review by University of Oxford student. The Perse School has a country-wide reputation for academic excellence, and it lives up to this in almost every way. The classes are small (typically just over 20 for First Form to Fifth Form) and anywhere below 12 for Sixth Form classes. The teaching is at a very high standard, particularly in the History, Geography, Mathematics and Science departments. The teaching is carried out in purpose built classroom blocks, which also act as form rooms, all with projector screens and computers for interactive learning. The staff body is very friendly and professional, many with degrees from Oxbridge and all teaching high level material to a group of talented boys (and girls). The introduction of girls into the whole school in 2010 should do nothing but to increase the excellence that the school enjoys.
The school buildings are well maintained and cared for, and house the school very nicely. The site is some 20 plus acres and the school is approached via a tree-lined drive. The facilities are absolutely first-rate and the school is thus the envy of many other similar secondary schools in the area. The dining hall provides a varied menu including plentiful vegetarian options, and encourages healthy eating. All the students eat together in the main dining hall, where the staff also sit to eat. The area around the school is pleasant and leafy, with little to no crime apparent. The school puts on many social events throughout the course of the year, for pupils and parents alike. A particular highlight of the school year is the annual charity Cabaret where members of the school get up on stage and sing and dance, entertaining the rest of the school community for a fun-filled evening.
There is a wide extracurricular program offered at The Perse. On a Monday afternoon every two weeks there is an Enrichment Program which provides students with a chance to enhance their leadership and teamwork skills through CCF, Community Service, Conservation Projects, Scouts and Art-based service, amongst many more. In addition to this, sport is taken very seriously at the school and there are fantastic facilities including a state of the art sports centre with a gymnasium, two squash courts and a gym. Another gymnasium and a swimming pool are in the pipeline. In addition, there is an all-weather astro turf pitch. All members of the school participate in sports at different levels, and there is a very wide variety available. Furthermore, the school puts on up to 6 plays each year, and these are open to all members of the school, as is the successful debating team.