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CCSS joins Stephen Perse Foundation

Students outside CCSS in central Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham
Students outside CCSS in central Cambridge. Picture: Richard Marsham

The Stephen Perse Foundation is adding the Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies (CCSS) to its group of independent schools.

As part of the foundation, CCSS will continue to operate as an independent college, offering GCSE, A-level and university foundation courses while being part of the wider campus of schools.

CCSS is a not-for-profit independent sixth-form college for boarding and day students, with a diverse community of students of up to 30 different nationalities.

In a joint statement, CCSS and the Stephen Perse Foundation said: “Both organisations will benefit from the enhanced educational and strategic opportunities arising from the additional scale and wider reach of the enlarged group.”

The principal of CCSS, Stuart Nicholson, said: “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.”

The Stephen Perse Foundation has been expanding its reach for several years. In 2008, it set up a co-educational sixth-form college; in 2010 it acquired Madingley Pre-Prep; in 2011 it established a City Pre-Prep in Cambridge; and in 2013 it merged with Dame Bradbury’s School in Saffron Walden.

Stephen Perse Foundation principal Tricia Kelleher said that CCSS shares the foundation’s vision of preparing young people for the globally interconnected world they will live in, a vision shaped by Cambridge.

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