The Perse Upper School is an independent secondary co-educational day school in Cambridge, England.HistoryThe school was founded in 1615 by Stephen Perse, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and has been housed on several different sites in the city before its present site on Hills Road. In 1881 a girls' school (Perse Girls) was founded and this is now part of the Stephen Perse Foundation. Although they have the same name, The Perse and The Stephen Perse Foundation are unrelated, and both are now mixed gender.The Perse FoundationThere are also preparatory and pre-preparatory schools related to The Perse School. Boys and girls aged 3 to 7 attend 'The Pelican' pre-preparatory school, located on Glebe Road, Cambridge. The Perse Preparatory School is located on Trumpington Road, Cambridge, and is for boys and girls aged 7 – 11.MottoThe school motto is Qui facit per alium facit per se, usually taken to mean "He who does things for others does them for himself". This is an example of a rebus motto, the Latin sentence ending in a word play on the founder's name "per se" and his benefaction. A blue plaque dedicated to the school's founder, Dr Stephen Perse, can be found in Free School Lane, Cambridge.Competitions, Olympiads and ScholarshipsPupils regularly compete and score highly in academic competitions and Olympiads, in addition to winning awards including Arkwright Engineering Scholarships and Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries). Students have won scholarships for summer placements at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and research institutes in Heidelberg, Germany.
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