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Spanning all ages from foundation to A-level, there is a wide range of educational excellence on offer in Cambridge’s schools. Here are five of them.

The Sound of Music performed at The Leys School, Cambridge
The Sound of Music performed at The Leys School, Cambridge

The Leys School

The Leys School is Cambridge’s leading co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 11-18. It is situated within a spacious 50-acre campus, only a 10-minute walk from the buzz of the city centre. Its ethos is simple – to provide an excellent, all-round education, combining the traditional values of tolerance, respect and decency with a forward-looking and collaborative approach to teaching and learning.

Website: theleys.net

MPW Cambridge. Picture: Alan Bennett
MPW Cambridge. Picture: Alan Bennett

MPW Cambridge

MPW Cambridge was founded in 1987 and is part of the MPW group of independent fifth and sixth form colleges. The college is situated in attractive Victorian premises on the south side of Cambridge city centre with around 220 term-time GCSE and A-level students on roll each year. It offers a broad range of subjects and have a tradition of expertise in intensive, exam-oriented courses. It is this expertise which forms the basis of its Easter Revision programme.

Website: mpw.ac.uk

Oaks International School, Cambridge
Oaks International School, Cambridge

Oaks International School

Tucked away in beautiful Cherry Hinton Hall, Oaks International is a thriving international school for two to 11-year-olds. The school and nursery is a welcoming community of children, parents and staff from the local area, as well as overseas. Everyone supports one another to ensure that the children are learning in a nurturing, unpressured environment, with a focus on the children becoming confident, happy, resilient individuals. The school has small class sizes (a maximum of 16) and staff are experienced in teaching children from a range of different language and cultural backgrounds.

Website: oaksinternationalschool.co.uk

St Faith's School, Cambridge
St Faith's School, Cambridge

St Faith’s School

Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, Curiosity, Independence, Listening, Reflection and Resilience. If you mention these eight words to any of the pupils at St Faith’s School, they will immediately recognise them as their ‘Learning Habits’. These habits, which are tailored to appropriate age groups from Foundation to Year 8, are embedded across the curriculum and encourage the children to be their very best selves, to contribute to their community and to approach every challenge positively.

Website: stfaiths.co.uk

St Mary's School, Cambridge
St Mary's School, Cambridge

St Mary’s School

The last two years have turned the global spotlight on the vital role that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professionals play in the world. Women at the forefront of the fight against Covid, such as Professor Sarah Gilbert, Catherine Green OBE and Özlem Türeci, are showing a new generation that there are no limits to what women in STEM can achieve. St Mary’s School, Cambridge is drawing inspiration from these role models to empower young women to lead the next generation of STEM discoveries.

Website: stmaryscambridge.co.uk



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