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Published on 18/12/16

The Stephen Perse Foundation won the coveted title of Independent School of the Year 2014 and the Outstanding Strategic Initiative award at the Independent School Awards on Thursday 13 November .

Reinventing the school and creating a community of learners fit for the 21st century, the Stephen Perse Foundation now has grown by 75% in the last 7 years to become a community 1,050 learners aged 3-19 across six sites in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden. Academic results are up, and the school has a holistic approach to education based around its own curriculum model. The school was Sunday Times IB School of the Year in 2010 and 2013 and received the very highest accolade in its inspection report last year.

Judges’ commented (this is a) “Very impressive turnaround through clear-thinking strategies” and “Deserving of the Independent School of the Year 2014 accolade for its overall vision and momentum”.

The presentation was witnessed by over 300 people gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements at the awards ceremony held at the Nottingham Belfry, on Thursday 13 November 2014.

Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation said, “The award is for the work of the entire school community – students, parents and staff. It’s all about the team but to receive two awards is truly an amazing achievement.”

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The Judging panel was chaired by Shane Rutter-Jerome, a former general secretary of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools and included Christine Ryan (Chief Inspector and CEO of the Independent Schools Inspectorate), Sir David Bell, (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading), Graham Able, (former Master of Dulwich College and former chair of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference, the HMC), Jill Berry, (former Head of Dame Alice Harpur School and former president of the Girls School Association).

A full list of judges can be found on

The event was hosted by comedian and performer, Romesh Ranganathan.

The Independent School Awards aim to recognise excellence in the strategic and financial management of independent schools.

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