CCSS joins the Stephen Perse Foundation’s award-winning family of schools

21 Feb 2019

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies (CCSS) has joined our highly acclaimed and award-winning family of schools.

As part of the Stephen Perse Foundation, CCSS will continue to operate as an independent college, offering GCSE, A-level and University Foundation courses whilst enjoying the advantages of being part of the wider campus of schools. Both organisations will benefit from the enhanced educational and strategic opportunities arising from the additional scale and wider reach of the enlarged group.

CCSS shares our vision of preparing young people for the globally interconnected world they will live in a vision which our Principal believes is shaped by Cambridge:

“With an internationally top performing university cheek by jowl with the entrepreneurial power house of Silicon Fen, our young people have the privilege of growing up in a city which is pointing towards a very different future for them.

“Rather than just turning out young people who are highly-skilled at passing exams, we prepare young people to be independent thinkers in an ever-changing world.  It’s a very different kind of education, where great results are a by-product, not our sole focus.”

The Principal of CCSS, Stuart Nicholson, said:

“There are many synergies in ethos and vision between our two organisations and the Stephen Perse Foundation group of schools will provide an excellent home for CCSS. Being part of a highly successful group of schools presents many new opportunities for CCSS and what we offer perfectly complements the education provided by other schools in the group – we are excited to see what the future brings.”

As a Foundation, we have a history of excellence in education in Cambridgeshire and Essex. Our outstanding leadership and strategic vision has been acknowledged through awards and accolades including the TES Independent Schools Award for Outstanding Strategic Initiative. In 2008, we successfully set up a co-educational 6th Form College; in 2010 we acquired Madingley Pre-Prep; in 2011 we established a City Pre-Prep in Cambridge; in 2013 we merged with Dame Bradbury’s School in Saffron Walden; and in 2014 we introduced the diamond model co-educational community into our Junior School, followed by our Senior School in 2017.