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Perse School Cambridge

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by University of Oxford student

Academic

Perse School Cambridgereview 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.

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 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.