Skip to content ↓

The Senior School is renowned for academic excellence achieved through a progressive curriculum and this means excellent results at GCSE which is a necessary and important first step towards successful university applications and thereafter future careers.  The Senior School is the gateway to the Stephen Perse Sixth Form which offers both the International Baccalaureate and A level programmes.   

We offer a co-educational environment where boys and girls are taught and learn together to better reflect real world situations and career progression. Individuality matters too – placing the students at the centre of school life allows each one to flourish. It is hugely important to me that every student feels valued here and that each of our young people is celebrated. Our academic success goes hand-in-hand with our students’ wellbeing, achieved through exemplary pastoral support across all age groups. This is the result of the motivation and professionalism of our superbly well-qualified and hugely dedicated teachers.   

Students develop critical thinking skills - we teach them to explore, to question, evaluate and analyse. This approach to learning means students develop broad character traits, personal qualities, positive learning habits and gain core skills for school, university and careers, such as responsibility, perseverance, taking initiative, collaborating with others, open mindedness and reflectiveness, and humility as well as resilience and an appetite for taking appropriate risks.  

Stephen Perse has a well-established digital strategy which means teaching and learning is effectively delivered online as part of a multiple tools approach, where the curriculum is delivered using books or screens, traditional methods or digital tools, whichever is most appropriate for the task. The Foundation is at the forefront of remote teaching and learning in the UK and an Apple Distinguished School.  

The Senior School is much more than outstanding academic achievement. Students gain new experiences, extend their interests and develop their talents through enriched learning, clubs and societies and a vast range of activities that are available each term from drama and theatre to tech and orchestra, coding and volunteering, current affairs and even a cross Foundation chess tournament each spring. There’s truly something for every interest and to develop new passions.  

Sporting successes are just as important as academic achievement. Our teams compete at  regional, local and county level, and we also have athletes competing in sports at both national and international level making the most of extensive sporting facilities. We believe sport also introduces students to the joys of a healthy lifestyle and working with others, the chance to discover activities they may enjoy for a lifetime.

We warmly invite you to come and see us in action. 

Richard Girvan, Principal and Head of Senior School.

"Teaching in the Senior School stimulates pupils' interest and enables outstanding progress in knowledge, understanding and skills. Teachers are aware of the pupils' individual needs, strengths and weaknesses ... the positive relationships between teachers and pupils is a particularly strong feature."

ISI report 2014