Essential Information

Essential Information

All courses meet at The Perse Upper School on Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8QF and all apart from golf are held at this site.

Please note that we no longer (since 2021) accept Child Care Vouchers for payments - see below for information.

In case of illness during the summer school, please contact summerschool@perse.co.uk as soon as possible to confirm that your child is not able to attend (and for each day they will be absent).

International children

Our Summer School is open to everyone but there is no 'international' section and there is no English language support.

We require all children attending the Summer School to have a high standard of English fluency (B2 standard).

The Perse Summer School reserves the right to decline a child or family if the child's level of spoken and written English is not of a sufficiently high standard when the course begins, parents may be asked to collect their child.

If you require a visa, we strongly recommend you obtain your visa prior to booking as you will not be guaranteed a refund if you cancel your booking after 14 days from purchasing (see Terms & Conditions). We do not support visa applications and we do not provide accommodation.

Booking FAQs

Attending FAQs

How do I register?

Your booking experience will be best if you create your account and add your children's details before you start the booking. Parents are required to complete a full medical declaration for their child(ren) at the time of booking and are responsible for ensuring that if there are any changes to the child's health prior to Summer School starting. Please do NOT make a booking for any child other than your own.

Can I use my account from last year?

No - the system for 2024 is entirely new.

Do I need to register if I am already a Perse parent?

The Summer School Booking Portal and the Perse Parent Portal are completely different systems. So, yes, you will need to use the Summer School booking system.

What information will I need to register?

You can pay by credit/debit card. When you check out on the Booking Portal, you will be asked for your card details. We do not accept Child Care Vouchers. If you have vouchers that we hold for you at The Perse School due to refunds etc on other activities please make your booking and make full payment via card and then contact summerschool@perse.co.uk to discuss with us.

What are the payment options?

You can pay by credit/debit card. When you check out on the Booking Portal, you will be asked for your card details.

Can I pay with childcare vouchers?

We are sorry that we no longer accept Child Care Vouchers for the Summer School (since 2021). This is due to the complexities of the CCV administration via many different companies which makes it unviable.

How do I know if a course is full?

The system shows you if there are places available - it is all updated in real-time. We know there is very high demand for some of our courses. If we are able to create more spaces we will let our mailing list know.

Do you take group bookings or bookings from agents?

The Perse Summer School will not accept group bookings or booking from agents.

Can I cancel a booking and get a refund?

If you find that you need to cancel a booking please first see our Terms & Conditions and then contact the Summer School office by email summerschool@perse.co.uk.

Refunds will only be made in line with the Summer School Terms & Conditions which can be found in the footer of this site and on the Booking Portal. We will refund if you change your mind about the booking within the standard 'cooling off' period. We cannot refund courses after this unless we are able to resell the place and this is not always possible.

We staff our courses for the entire week and this staffing is contracted early on which is why refunding a place on courses below their 'full' (capacity) number is problematic. We regard a 'full' (capacity) multisport course to be bookings that average 19 children across a given week of mornings or afternoons.

My child isn't quite in your age range, can they still attend?

The age range is 7-10 and 11-14 for all courses except where stated. There are a few exceptions to this, for example; Piano Duets is 7-14 and Multi Sport is 7-12, Musical in a week is 8-14. Children who are more than 14 years old, with the exception of Adventure Travel (15-19), will not be able to attend.

If your child just falls outside the age range for a particular course that they wish to attend please contact summerschool@perse.co.uk to enquire about possibilities.

Children who turn 7 during the summer holiday (July - August 2023) will be able to attend. Children who turn 11 during the summer holiday (July - August 2023) will be able to choose either age category when selecting courses.

My child has allergies or other needs, how will you look after them?

One of The Perse School nurses (qualified) will always be on site during Summer School.

Parents are required to complete a full medical declaration for their child(ren) at the time of booking and are responsible for ensuring that if there are any changes to the child's health prior to Summer School starting, that they inform the summerschool@perse.co.uk in advance. Please do not make a booking for someone else's child.

If the child is on any medication it is the parent/legal guardian's responsibility to bring the right medication(s), clearly named and in its original box/packaging, with the child on a daily basis or as required. (Please refer to the medical declaration made at the time of booking for specific details).

There can be perhaps 350 children on site at once. This is not a small primary school environment and children will need to respond positively and proactively to this. We will ensure that all are welcomed and supported in full for any specific needs. Children need to follow the Summer School Rules in full, including any rules of off-site providers e.g. the golf course venue which will also help them to keep safe. Our staff, including our catering staff, will be briefed with the medical information that parents have provided. Notices on site will indicate specific problems or allergies to be aware of and staff will intervene as is expected.

If you would like to talk to our nurses or administrative staff in advance of the Summer School we welcome this. Please contact us at summerschool@perse.co.uk. If we have any questions regarding your medical declarations we will also contact you. Please note that, in extreme situations, it may be difficult to accommodate a particular need e.g. severe allergy to wheat flour on a baking course. In such cases, please discuss matters with us in advance.

To ensure we have the correct medical information on each child attending, it is important that you do not make a booking for any child(ren) other than your own.

What do I need to bring?

The Summer School is held at The Perse Upper School site on Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8QF.Bring: water bottles, sunhats and suncream (weather dependent!) - all items to be named clearly.

Sports courses - you must bring suitable footwear. We will provide all the equipment required for each sport but you may wish to bring your own (named) racquet, club, bat, stick etc. There is no need to wear cricket 'whites' but you can if you like. Just be comfortable.

For bushcraft please bring the following items of equipment. Please be aware that children likely to be working outside for the whole session and so appropriate clothes should be worn to deal with all weather conditions. Please ensure each item is named.

  • Clothes that you are happy to get dirty
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Hat and Sun cream
  • Water Bottle

Golf - is held at Kingsway Centre Golf Course on Trumpington Road, Cambridge. You must bring suitable footwear but this doesn't have to be golf shoes (trainers are suitable). There will be minibuses to and from The Perse School to Kingsway Centre. The minibus will leave promptly at 9am and 1pm and will not wait for latecomers. Please ensure you arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Photography courses - please bring your own (named) camera if you have one, with sufficient charge and enough space on memory (SD) cards. We will have a small supply of cameras and lenses to lend as well. You can use your mobile phone as a camera if you wish but you will need to know the cloud storage and the account details for it so you can extract the images to desktop computers too. The advanced photography course requires a camera with settings (shutter, aperture and ISO) that can be adjusted manually - please see the course description for details. We have some spare cameras to borrow if necessary.

Cookery courses - bring your own (named) apron if you wish but we have plenty of spare ones if needed. You may bring a large Tupperware/box to take your food home, according to the health and safety requirements of that particular dish - sometimes we can't let you take it as it needs to be temperature-controlled.

For all other courses just bring yourself and your enthusiasm to take part!

What to do if your child is ill?

In line with public health guidance, Summer School participants who have a temperature of 38°C or over should stay at home until their temperature has returned to normal and they feel well enough to attend. If your child is suffering with diarrhoea or vomiting please keep them off school until 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

If your child becomes unwell at Summer School and feels unable to continue with the day we will contact you on the number you have provided to discuss arrangements for them to be collected (please make sure you have registered a UK number).

The school nurses will be on site from 8.00am to 4.30pm. Trained first aid staff will be available until 5.30pm.Please ensure your child's medical information is up to date. You can do this by logging into your account / my orders / child icon / personal information can be updated here. If making a last minute change please also notify Summer School by emailing us.

What are the timings of the day?

Morning session is 9am to 12pm (break at 10.30 to 10.45am).

Afternoon is 1pm to 4pm (break at 2.30 to 2.45pm).

Early and late stay is possible from 8am until 5.30pm (you can book this on the system - it is a daily charge of £5.50 in the morning, £10 in the afternoon).

If you are only attending morning sessions please sign out form our site by 12.45pm. If you are only attending afternoon sessions please arrive and sign in by 12.50pm.

If you are not in the morning session but are arriving for lunch and the afternoon session you are welcome from 12pm (lunch will be served until c.12.35pm).

How does drop off and pick up work?

The Perse Upper School on Hills Road has a carpark but we ask you to follow our site signs very carefully and adhere to the speed 10mph limit. We have limited spaces available this year due to building works over the school holidays so please park considerately. There are usually parking spaces available in the streets nearby.

We will register all children coming onto our site at the gate. We also register departure so it is essential you arrive and leave from the main Summer School gate.

Where early drop off/late stay are not pre-booked the School has a right to charge these fees if the child is dropped off early or collected late from the School outside the published course hours.

What's for lunch and how does it work?

Lunch and morning / afternoon snacks are provided within the price. There is no extra price. If you prefer to bring your own food that is fine. We request no nuts on site please (allergies!).

Any child can stay for lunch even if they are only booked for morning or afternoon sessions (as long as you have selected it on your booking form originally). Lunch will be served from c.12.05pm until c.12.35pm.

Sample menu's can be viewed here for week 1/3 & week 2/4. (Please note the menu's are subject to change)

What if I don't know anyone else on the courses?

Well over 600 children come to our Summer School each year. We will look out for you and do our best to help you feel at home.

What happens if I am late arriving or late to pick up?

You can book our early or late stay. If your arrangements change just contact us to let us know and we will help. Our site will close at 5.30pm so we can't help later than that though.Where these are not pre-booked the School has a right to charge these fees if the child is dropped off early or collected late from the School outside the published course hours.

The Perse Summer School