- The Perse School
Infobox Secondary school
name =The Perse School
motto = Qui facit per alium facit per se
address = Hills Road
headmaster = Mr. Edward Elliot
founder = Dr
Stephen Perse, of Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge
students = 675 approx
mascot = Pelican
colours = Purple and Black
newspaper = The Pelican
website = [http://www.perse.co.uk/ Official Website]
picture = The Perse School is a fee-paying secondary day school for boys 11–18 and girls at 16+ situated in
Cambridge, England. The school was founded in 1615by Dr Stephen Perse[ [http://www.perse.co.uk/introduction/history.asp The Perse School - History] ] , a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and has existed on several different sites in the city before its present home on Hills Road. Currently, the headmaster is Edward Elliott.
There are also preparatory and pre-preparatory schools related to The Perse School. Boys and girls aged 3 to 7 attend 'The Pelican' pre-preparatory school, located on Glebe Road, Cambridge.
The Perse Preparatory Schoolis located on Trumpington Road, Cambridge, and is for boys aged 7 - 11.
mottois "Qui facit per alium facit per se", usually taken to mean "He who does things for others does them for himself". This is an example of a rebusmotto, the Latin sentence ending in a word play on the founder's name "per se" and his benefaction. A blue plaquededicated to the school's founder, Dr Stephen Perse, can be found in Free School Lane, Cambridge. [ [http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/content/policy-and-projects/blue-plaques/blue-plaques-map.en Cambridge Blue Plaques] ]
The school has a long-running competitive relationship with
The Leys School, another independent school in Cambridge. Whilst, most of the time, relations between the two schools are amicable, there have been instances in the past where friendly rivalry has broken out in heated violence. On one occasion in 1994, a poor refereeing decision resulted in a twenty-one man brawl. In 2005, the Perse under-14 hockey team became National Champions, beating Millfield. In 2006 the Perse under-16 indoor hockey team reached the National Indoor Finals, and the following year the same age group won the competition. The Perse school U16s then won the National Indoor hockey competition again the year after that, making the U16s back to back National Indoor Champions. The rifle shootingteam, backed by the school's association with the Combined Cadet Force, has also traditionally been strong. In the Michaelmas Term 2005 the rugby First XV became the most successful team in 14 years after their win against The Leys School. In the Summer Term 2006, the cricket 1st XI became statistically the most successful team in the country (P 15, W 14, L 1).
The Perse has a senior orchestra, string orchestra, full choir, chorale group, 2 wind bands, swing band and jazz band. There are also about 35 smaller groups meeting weekly for rehearsal. In 2006, the String Orchestra toured to Paris and the Senior Wind Band toured to Iceland. Each year concerts take place at the West Road Concert Hall and OLEM Church.
The school is divided into three sections: the lower school, middle school and Sixth Form. The lower school contains the First and Second Forms (11-13). The middle school consists of the Third through to Fifth Forms (14-16) and is thus focussed mainly on GCSEs. Most GCSE courses are begun officially in Fourth Form, although some longer courses, such as Chemistry, are begun in Third Form. Pupils in the top streams have the option to take French and Mathematics GCSEs at the end of Fourth Form, and then use Fifth Form to take an intermediate qualification that may ease the transition to A-level. The Perse continues to use the older system so Year 7 is First Form, Year 8 is Second Form and so on.
For many years the school offered boarding facilities, although these were closed in the early 1990s. Traditionally an all-boys' school, the Sixth Form recently opened its doors to pupils of both sexes and despite fears that it might, the school's academic record certainly does not appear to have suffered. Currently, ties with the
Perse School for Girlsexist officially but there is little day-to-day interaction between the pupils. The possibility of the two schools sharing a site in future and essentially unifying was discussed, but not pursued any further. There are, however, plans for the school to go fully co-educational from September 2010 and expand to around 900 pupils over the next ten years.
The classrooms at the Perse are named numerically, e.g. 1, 2, 3 etc, but strangely there is no room 10; its name was changed to E2, as a classroom dedicated to English teaching. Additionally, specialist classrooms, such as science labs and music rooms are denoted by a prefix to their number, for example; P1 for physics or A2 for art.
From September 2007,
The Perse Preparatory Schoolis accepting girls aged 7+, and from September 2008, girls aged 9+. It aims to become fully co-educational by 2010. The Perse School is accepting girls at 11+ and 13+ in 2010. The Pelican Pre-Preparatory School is already fully co-educational.
Recent site developments planned: [ [http://www.persedevelopment.org/ Perse Developments] ]
*Construction of science laboratories extension completed September 2007.
*Construction of a new classroom block and Art & Technology Centre at the Perse Preparatory school started July 2007 and due to be complete by September 2008.
*Construction of a new hall at The Pelican started July 2007 and due to be complete by September 2008.
Notable early alumni
Jeremy Taylor, a major influence on the foundation of Methodism
Robert Tabor, whose medical skills saved the life of Charles II George Crosswinners
William Neil McKechnie
Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin Military Crosswinners, World War I
Oswald George Frank Justus Breul
Donald William Edwards
Gilbert Clare Fitzherbert
Peyton Sheldon Hadley
Owen Llewelyn Johns
Bernard John Pullin
Two of the editors of the
Loeb Classical Librarywere Perseans:
W. H. D. Rouse, headmaster in the early 20th century
E. H. Warmington, pupil during Rouse's headmastership
Science and Industry
Gustav Victor Rudolf Born, pharmacologist
*Sir Arthur Marshall, aviation engineer [cite web |url=http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_news_home/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=246410 |title=DVD is a memorial to Sir Arthur |accessdate=2008-01-14 |format= |work= ]
John Polkinghorne, physicist and theologian
G.L.S. Shackle, economist
Arash Farboud, entrepreneur and sports car manufacturer
David Tang, Hong Kong-based entrepreneur
Politics and Law
Donald Tebbit, industrialist and diplomat
*Sir Mark Potter, Appeal Court judge and
President of the Family Division
Rajani Palme Dutt, leading figure in the Communist Party of Great Britain
Quentin Thomas, head of the British Board of Film Classification
Jonathan Dingle, Honorary Secretary of the Civil Mediation Council
Edward Henry Palmer, orientalist
David Loades, university professor and former ScoutChief Commissioner for Wales
David Gilmourlead singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd
F. R. Leavis, literary critic
Mel Calman, cartoonist
*Sir Peter Hall, founder of the
Royal Shakespeare Companyand a Royal National Theatredirector
Humphrey Jennings, film director
Jeremy Silberston, film director
Marius Goring, actor
Colin McFarlane, actor
Pete Atkin, singer/songwriter
Ronnie Ross, jazz musician
Ranjit Bolt, translator and playwright
Mark Saggers, BBC sports broadcaster
Probably the most famous alumnus is
David Gilmour, lead singer of Pink Floyd. He has been quoted as saying: "It was a very disciplined school which I didn't enjoy". There is a suggestion that the song " Another Brick in the Wall", which includes the famous lyrics "We don't need no education", was aimed at the Perse, but as the song was written by Roger Waterswho attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys(now Hills Road Sixth Form College) and not Gilmour, it seems more likely that Waters was recalling his schooling there Fact|date=August 2007.
* George Griffith, MA - died 1686
* Frederick Heppenstall, MA - 1864 to 1874
W. H. D. Rouse, PhD, MA (Cantab) - 1902 to 1928 (formerly a fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge)
* H. A. Wootton - 1928 to 1945
* Stanley Stubbs, MA - 1945 to 1969 (formerly a housemaster at
* A. E. Melville - 1969 to 1987
* Dr Martin Stephen, PhD, BA - 1987 to 1994 (now High Master of
St Paul's School)
* Dr. Nigel P. V. Richardson, PhD, MA - 1994 to 2008 (formerly headmaster of
* Mr. Edward Elliot, MA - 2008 onwards (formerly deputy head at the Perse School)
Glenn Kirkham, the vice-captain of the England national field hockey team, serves as a sports coach at the Perse. Kirkham participated at the 2008 Summer Olympicsin Beijing. [cite web |url= http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_sport_hockey/displayarticle.asp?id=255677|title= Olympic boost for Kirkman|accessdate=2008-02-15 |date=2008-02-11 |publisher= Cambridge Evening News]
* [http://www.perse.co.uk/ The Perse School] — official website
* [http://www.persedevelopment.org/ Perse Developments]
* [http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgePerseSchool.html School Roll of Honour for the World Wars]
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