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Attending FAQs and Booking FAQs

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Please note that we no longer accept Child Care Vouchers for payments – see below for information.

The Perse Summer School is held at The Perse Upper School on Hills Road, Cambridge


Attending FAQs

What are the timings of the day?
How does drop off and pick up work?
What’s for lunch and how does it work?
What if I don’t know anyone else on the courses?
What happens if I am late arriving or late to pick up?
What do I need to bring / where do I go?

What are the timings of the day?

  • Morning session is 9am to 12pm
  • Afternoon is 1pm to 4pm
  • Early and late stay is possible from 8am until 5.30pm (charged per day)
  • 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 car park but we ask you to follow our signs very carefully.
  • 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.

What’s for lunch and how does it work?

The lunch menu is available to see here.

If you prefer to bring your own food that is fine. 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.

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

Well over 500 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 (They are charged at £4 per morning session and £6 per afternoon session). 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.

What do I bring / Where do I go?

  • The Summer School is held at The Perse Upper School site on Hills Road, Cambridge.
  • Bring: water bottles, sunhats and suncream (weather dependent!).

Watersports will be held at Milton. There will be minibuses from The Perse School but you have the option to deliver direct to the venue if you which to avoid the minibus – please respond to our specific communication on this matter.

  • Towel 
  • Clothes (including shoes) that you are happy to get wet in
  • Full spare change of clothes (including shoes and underwear) 
  • Sun hat/ Sun cream/ Sun glasses 
  • Glasses retainer/ string if you use glasses 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers 
  • Wetsuit (optional) 
  • Snack 

For sports courses you must have suitable footwear. We will provide all equipment but you may wish to bring your own racquet, bat, stick etc. There is no need to wear cricket ‘whites’, bring golf clubs or anything like that but you can if you like. Just be comfortable.

Golf is held at Cambridge Lakes. We will run minibuses from The Perse Upper for travel or you can make your own way – please respond to our specific communication on this matter. Bring your own clubs or we will supply a the venue.

For photography courses please bring your own camera with sufficient charge and enough space on memory (SD) cards. We will have a small supply of cameras and lenses to lend as well. We discourage sharing of camera equipment for covid-protective reasons. 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.

For the mobile phone photography course you should also have sufficient storage on your device and access to your chosen cloud storage (e.g. GoogleDrive, OneDrive, iCloud) so you can extract the images onto computer if you need. Children will make use of processing apps on their mobile phones. We will recommend free ones: snapseed or adobe photoshop express and lightroom but you will need an email account on the device to register it to Adobe and private accounts must be held by people aged 13+.

For Perse has got talent, please bring any instrument or other equipment e.g. tap shoes etc that is relevant to your particular performance talent.

For bike club, please bring your bike! The course leaders will check its road-worthiness but do try to check for punctures and basics before coming e.g. do the brakes work?!

For Master chef courses, please bring an apron and a large Tupperware/ box to take home your food!

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


Booking FAQs

How do I register?
Can I use my account from last year?
Do I need to register if I am already a Perse parent?
What information will I need to register?
What are the payment options?
Can I pay with childcare vouchers?
How do I know if a course is full? Is there a waiting list?
Do you take group bookings?
Do you take international pupils?
Can I cancel a booking and get a refund and what about childcare voucher refunds?


How do I register?

  • You will be asked for your details once you have placed the items in your ‘basket’.
  • If you used our system last year your child’s details will be stored but you will need to review the medical / other information for them and make appropriate changes.

Can I use my account from last year?

Yes.

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

Yes. The Summer School Booking Portal and the Perse Parent Portal are completely different systems.

What information will I need to register?

  • Once you have placed your courses in the checkout basket you will need to complete a form which provides parental contact details. This form need only be completed once for each family.
  • You will also need to provide medical and dietary details and consents for your child/children. You must complete an individual form for each child.

What are the payment options?

  1. You can pay by credit/debit card. When you check out on the Booking Portal, you will be asked for your card details.
  2. We no longer accept Child Care Vouchers.

Can I pay using childcare vouchers?

  • We are sorry that we no longer accept Child Care Vouchers for the Summer School. This is due to the complexities of the CCV administration via many different companies which makes it unviable and nothing related to our own booking system.

How do I know if a course is full? Is there a waiting list?

  • This website will display availability for the courses on the course tiles, however please note that this is not updated in real-time.
  • The Booking Portal is updated live and automatically calculates the available places. Once courses are full you will no longer be able to select the course.
  • Email us to request to join a waiting list.

Do you take group bookings and agents

No, sorry. The Perse Summer School will not accept group bookings or booking from agents, however, as an individual parent/guardian you may register your own children on your account.

Do you take international pupils?

Our Summer School is open to everyone but there is no ‘international’ section.  We expect all children attending the Summer School to have a good standard of English which is explained on the international pupils page. For more information please contact michelle.wang@mml-global.co.uk. 全部详细信息请见国际学生页面

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.