The Peterborough School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 128 (Boys) 143 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 Years
  • Founded: 1895

General Information

The Peterborough School is an independent day school for boys and girls from Nursery to Sixth Form.  Small classes sizes allow for close individual attention and the school’s friendly, family atmosphere allows pupils to exploit fully their natural potential within a happy and caring community.  The Senior School combines high academic achievement, traditional values and strong pastoral care with a progressive, modern outlook.


Spacious grounds, modern Computing Suite, Chapel, Sports Facility with a four-badminton-court-sized hall, fitness suite, climbing wall and extensive changing facilities. Drama Studio, five recently re-furbished science labs, new Food Technology room, new Design Technology rooms for Graphic Products and Art Textiles. A Senior recreation space and outdoor auditorium were completed in 2015.

Extra curricular activities include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Young Enterprise Scheme, public speaking and debating and Scouts. The school also has its own St John Ambulance Division.

A new Sixth Form Centre and Senior Library were opened in September 2018.

Entrance Requirements

Year 7 Entrance Examinations: In the January prior to entry the following September.


Academic, Music, Art, Sport and All-rounder. Sixth Form Academic.

Open Days

2019. Sat. 28th September.

2020. Sat. 16th May.


2019/2020. Years 7-13: £15,642 per annum.


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr A Meadows

Contact for enquiries: The Registrar

The Peterborough School

[t]: 01733 343357
[f]: 01733 355710

Location Description

Grade 2 Manor House set in 10 acres of parkland, close to city centre. 50 minutes by train to London.

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School News

The Peterborough School independent school Cambridgeshire

A stunning set of A Level results has been achieved by students at The Peterborough School with half of all grades (50%) being in the

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top bands of A* or A and a huge 21% reaching the peak of A*.

Almost three quarters of grades (74%) are at A*-B, making the results the best on record, despite the courses now being the tougher, linear style.  As an added bonus, every single examination taken was passed, giving an overall pass rate of 100%.

Chloe Hayes gained a clean sweep of A*s as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), meaning she will soon be taking up her offered place of Medicine at Birmingham.

A number of other students also gained all As and A*s:  Olivia Barnes, Sarah Lynn, Hannah O’Driscoll, Sabrina Wellham and Joyce Ye will be moving on to a range of courses at Russell Group universities, including Leeds, Exeter, Nottingham, Birmingham and Warwick.

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, is thrilled for all the students, saying:  “These really are exceptional results, our best ever, and I am absolutely delighted for all the students as they have done so well right across the board.  I was almost speechless as the results came in and top grades were everywhere and it has been wonderful to see the students receiving their brilliant news this morning.”

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough presented the Awards to Cadets and Badgers from the School’s St John Ambulance Division.

We offer congratulations to

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the Badgers and Cadets of our St John Ambulance Division who were presented with their awards for achievements in gaining proficiencies by the Mayor of Peterborough this week.

Amelia Lawson gained the award for the Most Improved Cadet and Lola Stephenson won Best Cadet of the Year.  In addition, Charlotte Aylmore was awarded Most Enthusiastic New Cadet and Charlotte Hemens won the Hackman Trophy for Endeavour following her effort and attitude towards her learning this year.

Cadet of the Year, the top honour, was won by Amelia Lawson – she and Megan Wilkinson were promoted to the rank of Cadet Corporal and Dyuti Chakraborty was promoted to Cadet Sergeant.

We also thanked Mr Brian Hackman, Divisional President, for his support over many years and wished him well in his retirement.

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Four students have recently gained their British Science Association CREST Awards.

CREST Awards introduce students to project work which empowers them to work like

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real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians.  Students choose their own topic and methodologies to gain the Awards, giving them complete freedom over their work.

Bronze involves 10 hours’ project work with a final report and presentation, whereas Silver requires 30 hours’ project work and also a final report and presentation.

Matthew Carr in Year 9 recently won a Bronze Award for his ‘Mission Starlight’ project and Mimi Rutter, Annabel Churcher and Saranya Das in the Lower Sixth all gained Silver Awards for their project, ‘Autolock’.  Gaining these prestigious Awards are excellent achievements and the school congratulates everyone on their success.

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Sixth Formers and Peterborough City Rowers, Hannah Bassett and Georgina Parker, completed a marathon row of over seven hours last Friday 5th April to raise

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funds for Magpas Air Ambulance.

Each year, The Peterborough School runs an Appeals Day to raise funds for its chosen charity, which this year is Magpas.  Students run stalls, sell a range of foods, have competitions and put on fun activities and shows throughout the last day of term.

To boost the fundraising efforts, Hannah and Georgina decided to try and set a new British record for a Women’s Under 19 Lightweight tandem for rowing 100km, with a target of breaking eight hours.  Starting early on Friday morning, the girls took it in turns to row for four minutes at a time and managed to smash their target time, completing the 100km in 7 hours, 39 minutes.

At the time of writing, the girls’ fundraising page is showing a huge £1,800 raised by their efforts.  The School will add together the rest of the money raised on the day and by other activities and hand over the grand total to Magpas later in the year.

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, was full of praise for the girls’ initiative and stamina, saying:  “This was all Hannah and Georgina’s idea and seeing them row hour after hour was incredible.  It was a monumental effort and we are so grateful to them as well as being extremely proud.  All the students and staff contributed to a hugely successful day and we are very excited to hear how much has been raised for Magpas”.

Community & Events Officer for Magpas, Emma Sanders, was at the school to take part in the fundraising and was equally impressed:  “This was one of the most demanding challenges I have had the privilege to witness and I am so impressed by them. I cannot believe they came up with the idea and through sheer focus, effort and determination they did it – WOW!  Thank you for everything the school has done and continues to do for us with your fundraising”.

Anyone wishing to support the girls’ fundraising can donate here:

Photo: (standing) Georgina Parker and (rowing machine)  Hannah Bassett.

The Peterborough School independent day school Cambridgeshire

Despite the content of the new GCSEs being tougher, students at The Peterborough School are celebrating excellent results, with 98% of them gaining five or

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more passes at A* to C or grades 9 to 4.

The percentage gaining five or more passes including English and maths (grades A*-C or 9-4) is 89%.

56% of the old style grades were at A or A* (84% at A*-B) and, despite schools being warned to expect only a small proportion of grade 9s, 10% of the TPS English and maths grades were at this exceptionally high level, over three times the reported national figure.

39% of the cohort amassed a haul of at least eight GCSEs at A or A*/Grade 9-7.  Amongst these, Chloe Hayes achieved an almost perfect combination of grade 9s and A*s in her 11.5 subjects.  Other top performers included Diya Banerjee, Olivia Barnes, Hannah Bassett, Georgina Parker and Joyce Ye, all of whose grades were in the top categories of A, A* or 9-7.

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, is delighted with the overall results, saying: “Our students have performed exceptionally well with the more challenging GCSEs; the number gaining benchmark grades is extremely high and I congratulate them all.  We have not seen the predicted volatility in grades but rather a swelling in the number gaining the top grades and I am delighted that so many students will be carrying very strong results into the Sixth Form”.


In what’s been accepted as a testing year nationally for both students and teachers following the reformation of A Levels, The Peterborough School’s results are

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extremely strong, with a 100% pass rate and 30% of all grades being at A* or A. Additionally, 80% were at A*-C.

As many subjects moved to being ‘linear’ to make them more challenging, almost a fifth (19%) of the students achieved at least three A Levels at A* or A.

Top results came from Jordan Grinyer who will be taking up a place at Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics after getting his required three A*s and Rohan Khosla whose four A*s in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics gained him a place at Imperial College London to study Computer Science.

Other pupils who gained top grades included Ellen Thompson with A*, A, A and O’Nisa Ali and Faheem Butt who both gained three As,

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, is delighted that so much change has not adversely affected the students’ outcomes, saying “these results show how well our students have coped with the changes presented to them and I congratulate them on their resilience and hard work.  The teachers deserve huge credit too in dealing with changes to the structure of GCSEs at the same time.  Whilst comparisons with previous years are technically not possible, I am extremely encouraged by our continued high achievements”.


The Peterborough School independent school Cambridgeshire

This year’s Young Enterprise team won Best Company Award, Best Company Report and Entrepreneur of the Year at the Area Finals.

At the end of March

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four representatives from this year’s Young Enterprise company, Serendipity, competed at the Area Finals by putting together a Company Report and presenting the story of their year to a panel of judges.  During the event they also set up a stall table as they had done for the trade fairs they had visited, which gave the judges the opportunity to walk round and ask questions about the products and services as well as the company report. At the same time, Neve Gordon-Farleigh was interviewed for an individual award.

The presentation re-capped everything the team had done during the year, including the financials, their products and services and how the company had developed from its creation to the end point.

The team was absolutely delighted to find they had not only won the award for the Best Company Report, but Neve was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and the team won the coveted Best Company title.  They now progress to the Regional Finals and take the best wishes of everyone at school with them.

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Congratulations to our Year 10 Computer Scientists:  Dyuti Chakraborty (Team Leader), Thomas Smith, Francois Van Cauwenbergh, Rhys Williams and Marcus Akester, who have qualified

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for for the National Grand Final of the STEM Student Challenge which will take place at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

The group submitted a video entry to the competition which aims to help UK students connect the dots between the STEM subjects they study today and the impact those subjects could have on their ability to be part of the next generation of technology heroes. The team used their knowledge of STEM subjects, new research and creativity to imagine and depict their vision of technology in 2037.  They scored full marks in three out of six judging criteria which is a marvellous achievement.

We wish them all the very best of luck as they progress in this exciting competition.

Abigail Jessop has just gained her New Era Level 4 Diploma in Performance

Head of School, Abigail Jessop, has just gained her New Era

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Examinations Level 4 Diploma in Performance, which is the level above the Gold Medal (Grade 8) which she has already achieved.

This is an outstanding achievement and our congratulations go to Abigail, who is now entitled to append her name with the letters ANEA.

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