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Perse School Cambridge

Student rating 3.4/ 5 by University of Oxford student
Hills Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 8QF United Kingdom


Perse School Cambridgereview by University of Oxford student. I joined Perse School in 6th form. From age 11 to 16, the Perse School is a boys school, and goes co-educational for 6th form The Perse School prides itself in its academic nature, whilst balancing it with excellence in extracurricular activities, in particular Rugby and Drama. Entrance into Oxbridge is highly successful, but in some ways students lack a rounded general knowledge Class sizes in 6th form are very small, usually 1-12. You develop a personal-professional relationship with your teachers, who are generally willing to help you out with any issues. Homework is set at least weekly in each subject, but is not overwhelming The material covered in class is generally specification- limited, so can become quite tedious, although tutors aim to stretch able students. The school particularly excels in the sciences, possible because of its male orientation

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…"

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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

This school is only a day school, so no housing is given. However, class rooms are generally modern, and produce a friendly learning environment. There are large sports grounds and an astro pitch The school dining hall provides a large choice of dishes, with the favorite ice creams on Friday! Lunches are compulsory from age 11 to 13, but after that you can opt to bring a packed lunch the school itself is set within gorgeous grounds, on the semi-outskirts of Cambridge, with ease of access by bus, train, cycling and car. A lot of students take the train, and walk to school. There are also parent run school buses in operation. The Perse School is located in an upmarket area of the city, adjacent to the famous Addenbrookes Hospital, and there is little serious crime. Students come from all areas of the world. In the 6th form, the school has many foreign students who stay with host families, many of whom are Chinese. They are great fun to get to know, and visit back in China.

The Perse School offers a very wide range of activities. Sports include: hockey, and rugby (compulsory down lower school), and cricket. 1st to 3rd and even 5th teams play matches against other local school. the 1st team is often quite successful at regional and national level, particularly in rugby. However, you don't need to be at all sporty if you do not enjoy it, there are activities for all levels of enthusiasm, including Rowing (on the Famous river Cam), the gym and basket ball. there are so many clubs and after-school activities to choose from. These can be selected at the start of year 'club fayre'. Including; bridge, chess, sports clubs, games, table tennis, foreign languages, art and drama. Each year puts on on average one drama performance per term, to which parents are often invited. Pupils may sometimes opt out of this activity At college, I enjoyed playing squash on the schools own three courts, taking part in the girl's hockey team and helping backstage in lower school drama productions. The school also hosts a skiing trip to France, which is very enjoyable for people of all abilities. I also raced for the school on artificial slopes as part of the compulsory games lessons