Take a handful of curiosity and enthusiasm, pour over creativity and thinking skills, season generously with sport, music, drama and a host of other activities, blend it with firm friendships and a dash of guidance and you have the perfect recipe.

Our junior school is a happy, buzzy place, which brings together pupils (boys will soon be joining our girls) from all kinds of backgrounds in a close community. They have had varied educational experiences, both in Britain and around the world, so what you already know matters less than what you can learn.

'Every day is different – when I arrive, I wonder what I'll do today'

Whenever children join us, they quickly feel at home here, whether they arrive in Year 3 or Year 6 – and their horizons expand rapidly to take in science, new languages, a range of sports, musical instruments, drama, charity fund-raising and the closest of friendships. Since they automatically qualify for the senior school, these often strengthen into adulthood, as they grow up together.

This is a place where habits are formed for life – resilience, persistence, questioning and decisiveness among them. As preparation for an uncertain world, we want to make sure our pupils have more than just knowledge. An ability to think around problems and opportunities, make original connections and take carefully evaluated risks gives them a set of skills and habits that enable them to respond positively in the face of change and reach their potential.

In short, we teach them to think outside the traditional box of conventional education.

 Junior school news
  • Year 5 fieldwork at Needham Market
    Taking part in fieldwork is an important and enjoyable aspect of our curriculum and on 14 October Year 5 pupils enjoyed an exciting day on the banks of the River Gipping at Needham Market...
  • Year 5 Science turns explosive!
    In Science, the Year 5 classes have been studying Gases Around Us, a topic which lends itself to lots of precise practical experimentation...
  • Year 6 tribute to the Copper Beech Tree
    We have been taking the opportunity of saying our farewells to the beautiful copper beech tree in the Senior School garden...
  • Simon Mayo author event
    On Tuesday 14 October we invited Year 6 & 7 pupils from the Stephen Perse Foundation and other local schools, to take part in a talk with Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo...
  • Equestrian Eventing results
    The Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School Equestrian team have made an excellent start to the season...

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Learning with a difference - William Shakespeare

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Our programme of visiting speakers brings in individuals and groups to share fascinating careers/life stories , inspiring students, parents and alumni to think differently.

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