The Perse School
The Perse School is a co-educational day school in Cambridge, UK. The school educates over 1,500 pupils, aged 3 – 18, across three sites in the city. It is one of the most successful schools in the country. It was recently inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and regularly features towards the top of league tables for co-educational schools.
Central to the life of the school are its four values: endeavour; intellectual curiosity and scholarship; breadth and balance; and valuing one another.
There is an active research culture across the school, with approximately twenty research projects being conducted each year. This commitment to continuing professional development makes The Perse a stimulating place to work and provides the best possible educational experiences for pupils.
All new members of teaching staff conduct a classroom-based research project during their first two years at the school as part of their induction programme. These projects usually take the form of action research, which is shared with colleagues through departmental meetings or the annual research INSET event, Twilight Research.
Perse Research Awards
Every year, the school recognises a number of more detailed or larger research projects through the Perse Research Awards. These projects are often broader in scope, contributing to the pupil experience across the whole school. The school provides a modest financial reward for staff completing the Perse Research Award.
In summer term, the school organises a staff training event to showcase the educational research projects that have been completed that year. The after-school event, known as Twilight Research, allows teachers from across the school present their research to colleagues and discuss new approaches for the year ahead.
Several teachers at The Perse have undertaken part-time study towards Master of Education qualifications. Often the second year of a masters programme will involve an extensive research project. The school may offer financial support or timetable remission to staff undertaking such research.
Whole School Research
Teachers from across the school have collaborated on a number of larger research projects, involving classes from different year groups and a range of different subjects. This research has been used to inform and guide policy decisions, such as the homework timetable at the Upper School.
The school has participated in a number of national research projects, most recently in rugby and physics. We would welcome enquiries from researchers interested in conducting educational research that could benefit our pupils.