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  • Blog Post: 'EBacc bereft of food for the soul'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'EBacc bereft of food for the soul'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    EBacc bereft of food for the soul
    "Have you ever been accused of failing to fulfil your potential? I have. But what does this actually mean? What is "potential"? Of course, purely from an examination perspective, there is a plethora of data which benchmarks attainment. Yet is our potential merely to be measured in this mechanical, narrow way? Surely fulfilling our potential is about maximising the many personal qualities which help to shape us as human beings?" More...

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  • Blog Post: 'The time has come, my little friends, to talk of many things'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'The time has come, my little friends, to talk of many things'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    The time has come, my little friends, to talk of many things
    “But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.

    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."

    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.

    "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

    This wonderfully quixotic exchange captures brilliantly the surreal sense of "madness" enveloping education. More...
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  • Blog Post: 'Secular spectaculars'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Secular spectaculars'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Secular Spectaculars
    "As a child I was very fond of Hollywood musicals. One called 'Meet me in St Louis', starring Judy Garland, charted a year in the life of a family in a time untouched by the seamier side of the last century. With a childlike innocence, an iconic sequence in the film captures a group of children throwing themselves into the annual 'trick or treat' ritual." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'Ethical batteries not included'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Ethical batteries not included'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Ethical batteries not included
    "When Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet had he any concept of what would follow? Today we live in a world which is both real and virtual and, at times, the boundaries between the two become blurred - with tragic results.

     Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old teenager, decided in September to take her own life. In her short life she had suffered a degree of depression and anxiety which made death more desirable." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'Releasing geniuses from their straightjackets'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Releasing genuises from their straightjackets'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Releasing geniuses from their straightjackets
    "Can we really recognise greatness during the school years? Stephen Fry, a thoroughly renaissance man, spent a brief two years at Uppingham School in Norfolk. At the end of his first year his headmaster commented on his school report: "He has glaring faults and they have certainly glared at us this term. I have nothing more to say". The following year it was noted that in English he was "bottom, rightly". Fry did not return to Uppingham." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'Handwriting - extinct or distinct'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Handwriting - extinct or distinct'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Handwriting - extinct or distinct
    "Is there a place for handwriting in a digital age? Without any master plan or strategy, we have sleep walked from a world where our personal tool for communication was the handwritten word, to one where the keyboard is king. The technological revolution has resulted in an array of unintended consequences changing our way of doing things quite profoundly." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'The value of heroes, warts 'n all'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'The value of heroes, warts 'n all'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    The value of heroes, warts 'n all
    "How do we explain the enduring appeal of James Bond? As the Bond franchise celebrates 50 years of success on the big screen, it is timely to reflect on our love affair with this most famous secret agent. Indeed the Queen's very own 'Skyfall' at the Olympic opening ceremony was the ultimate validation of Bond's unique position in Her Majesty's Secret Service. The character of Bond is intriguing. Although complex, James Bond 007 is unquestionably a hero. Flawed perhaps but a hero nonetheless. So is the attraction of Bond about our need for a hero?" More...

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  • inspire me: Olympics - Going for Gold!

    Published 18/12/16

    On Friday 12 October, we continued to feed our Olympic thirst by hosting ‘Inspire me: Olympics – Going for Gold’ event. Speakers included three Olympic-related alumnae and a Paralympic torchbearer. The audience was guided to seats by an official Gamesmaker – Debbie Forster; and an Essex Ambassador based at Stansted Airport – Sue Clark, both of whom work at the Stephen Perse Foundation.

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  • Trip Report: Y11 Geography trip to the North Norfolk Coast

    Published 18/12/16

    Our Year 11 students recently visited the North Norfolk Coast as part of their GCSE Geography course. One of our trip reporters, Sarah Coates (11A), reports on the activity.

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    At 8:00 am on 18 of September 2012 two coaches of year 11 geography students left for the north Norfolk coast. Two hours later, we arrived at our first destination – Overstrand, a village that is also a seaside resort. We went down via a steep path onto the beach and started our activities.

    We had to measure the profile of the beaches using clinometers and poles at different points going up the beach at right angles to the sea. This showed us how steep the beach was. We used pebbles to measure the direction and amount of longshore drift and took a look at the cliffs to observe how the plant cover affected their erosion. We then stopped off in Sheringham for a lunch of fish and chips and ice cream.

    Our final stop of the day was Cley Next the Sea, which is actually next to a salt marsh nowadays caused by a spit. We did similar measurements here and talked about the spit and salt marsh. At 3:15, it was time to get back on the coach and go home, feeling a little windswept from the sea breeze.

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  • Blog Post: 'The unexamined life'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'The unexamined life'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    The unexamined life
    "As a child I was educated in Catholic schools. An abiding memory for me was R.I. or religious instruction which was devised to ensure I understood the tenets of Catholicism. That was then, this is now. Today, religious education does what it says on the tin. Its primary purpose is to educate young people about all faiths..." More...

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  • Tricia Kelleher quoted in the Cambridge News regarding proposed changes to GCSEs

    Published 18/12/16
    There has been significant debate around the proposed changes to KS4 examinations recently announced by Michael Gove.

    To read Tricia Kelleher's, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, opinion please click on the link below, which will take you through to a feature in the Cambridge News.

    www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education

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  • Blog Post: 'D' is for 'Doh'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'D' is for'Doh'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    'D' is for 'Doh'
    "Well what a summer. A true roller coaster of a ride where we struggled to keep our emotions in check. I am not referring here to the brilliant drama offered by the Olympics and Paralympics but rather the car crash, in slowmo, presented by #GCSEfiasco-gate." More...

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  • Hockey and Netball trials

    Published 18/12/16

    On Saturday 15 September squad selection for Years 7, 8 and all new students in Year 9 will take place at Latham Road fields from 8.45 - 11.45am.

    All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. Please bring with you the correct PE kit. Those students who wish to take part in the hockey squad selection must bring a mouth guard and shin pads.

    Below is a timetable for the morning, students only need to attend the trial for the sport they wish to take part in.

    Time

    Netball

    Hockey

    8.45-10.15am

    Year 7

    Year 8 &9

    10.15-11.45am

    Year 8 & 9

    Year 7

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  • Stephen Perse Foundation blog launched on Cambridge News website

    Published 18/12/16

    We are delighted to announce that Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, will now be regularly blogging on the Cambridge News website, sharing her views on the issues surrounding education.

    To read Tricia's latest blog please click here.

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  • Perse Girls' students deliver 95% A* / A grades in 2012 GCSE results

    Published 18/12/16

    We are delighted to announce that our students have excelled themselves yet again in 2012 by delivering outstanding GCSE results.

    Headline figures

    - 94.7% of grades achieved were A* / A

    - 70% of students secured all A* / A grades

    - 30.9% of students gained 10 A* grades

    - 17 students gained a clean sweep of 11 A* grades and two gained 12 straight A* grades

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  • Stephen Perse Sixth Form secures outstanding results

    Published 18/12/16

    Students at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge have excelled in both A Level and International Baccalaureate examinations again this year. 

    A level headline figures:
    - 80% of grades achieved by students at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form College were A* or A
    - 39% of grades achieved by students at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form College were A*
    - 22% of Stephen Perse Sixth Form College students achieved three or more A* grades
    - 99% of Stephen Perse Sixth Form College students achieved A* - C grades

    IB headline figures:
    70% of the Stephen Perse Foundation’s IB students achieved 40 points or more in this year’s examinations, placing them among the top 5.5% of students worldwide.

    The average UK result for IB is around 33 point and the world average is usually about 30 points. Stephen Perse Foundation’s students averaged a breathtaking 39.71 points.

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    Left to Right: Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (Natural Sciences), Sheffield (Civil Engineering), Leicester (Medicine), Oxford (German and Linguistics), Oxford (Bio Science)

    Tricia Kelleher, principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation said: “These are exceptional A Level and IB results and our students should be very proud of themselves. They display a great work ethic and this, combined with determination and passion, will help them to go on to great things in an increasingly competitive global workplace -  we only have to look at the recent achievements of our young national sportswomen and sportsmen to know that this is true. 

    "As a school with a long history of high academic achievement, it is exciting to see our students moving on to such a broad range of destinations and courses including Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Chinese, History, Law, French and Russian, and many more. Much of this achievement is down to our excellent teaching staff, whose own work ethic, determination and passion is passed on to their students.”

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  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Inspire Stephen Perse Foundation Students

    Published 18/12/16

    The Stephen Perse Foundation welcomed leading entrepreneurs from ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK' for the second year running, to its Senior School on Friday 16th November.

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  • Blog Post: 'Teachers global voice'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Teachers' global voice'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Teachers' Global Voice
    "I read a surreal Twitter exchange recently between an astronaut and William Shatner, the erstwhile Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame. The actor queried whether Commander Hadfield was tweeting from space. His response? "Yes, standard orbit Captain. And we are detecting signs of life on earth." This convergence of science fiction and science fact is serendipitous. But it also points to a greater issue. The world imagined in the past is increasingly becoming aligned to the world we live in today. The canny observation "be careful what you wish for" has never been so pertinent." More...

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