Schools: Senior

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Cambridge is home to Hills Road Sixth Form College, consistently rated as one of the top sixth form colleges in the UK, which sends a phenomenal number of its students to Oxbridge. There are well-regarded village colleges in Comberton, Sawston and Cottenham, and the excellent Parkside Federation schools inside Cambridge itself.

Cambridge International School The Temple, Bourn Bridge Road, Abington, Cambs CB21 6AN

01223 778290 cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk

Ages 3-16. Co-ed. Day. Housed on a site about five miles outside Cambridge, CIS also has a junior school in the Cherry Hinton area.

The Leys School Fen Causeway, Cambridge CB2 7AD

01223 508900 theleys.net

Ages 11–18. Co-ed. Day and boarding. Cosier than the Perse upper with a rising academic profile and a strong reputation for sport, the Leys offers day, boarding and home boarding (a mix of the two).

The Perse Upper Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8QF

01223 403800 perse.co.uk

Ages 11–18. Co-ed. Day. A large and unashamedly academic school with a thriving Exploration Society.

St Mary’s School Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY

01223 353253 stmaryscambridge.co.uk

Ages 4–18. girls. Day and boarding. The only all-girls private school in Cambridge, it’s run in the Catholic tradition.

Stephen Perse Foundation Schools Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1HF

01223 454700 stephenperse.com

Ages 3–18. Co-ed. Day. Children are taught in co-ed classes from ages 3–11, in single sex from 11–16, then co-ed again in sixth form. Housed on a small central site with an emphasis on the academic side, the sixth form offers both IB and A levels.