Sir William Perkins’s School

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Welcome to Sir William Perkins’s School, where our aim is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each student leaves with the best possible chance of achieving her full potential and ready to take on the world.

Academic success is our priority but education is about more than just top grades. We believe in educating the whole person and equipping our students to make their mark on the world. The School is a busy place, where we encourage them to get involved in the many extra-curricular activities on offer and to take every opportunity to develop their interests and creativity, their interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills, to be forward-thinking and to reach into the wider community. We have a very broad curriculum, giving the students the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of subjects.

Sir William Perkins, a wealthy Chertsey merchant, founded the School in 1725. Today the School has around 600 students ages 11 to 18, who join us from many different independent preparatory and maintained sector schools. Situated on Green Belt land in twelve acres of attractive gardens and playing fields, the School is easily reached by road and public transport and students travel here from a wide area.

This gives you an initial glimpse of the School but do come and visit us to get the real picture.


The school has limited facilities for disabled pupils but reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate pupils with disabilities and to comply with our responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001).

Our Learning Support Co-ordinator works with students who have reached the required academic standard in the entrance examination but need help with general or specific learning difficulties in order to reach their full potential, including those who might have English as an additional language.

Parents are requested to contact the school to discuss their child’s special needs prior to application. Extra time will be given in the entrance examination (special need must be verified by an educational psychologist’s report) if this is the girl’s normal way of working in her current school

Bursaries & Scholarships

Perkins Foundation Bursaries of up to 100% of fees are available for entrants to the School. All bursaries are means- tested and awarded at the Governors’ discretion in the light of the funds available and the financial circumstances of the application. Year 7 Entrance Examination candidates receive notification of the deadline for application for financial assistance, and the deadline is strictly adhered to. All bursaries are reviewed annually, taking into account any change in circumstances. Limited funds are also available for Hardship Bursaries for existing pupils requiring assistance. These are primarily focussed on pupils approaching or already in public exam years. Details of the School’s Bursary Policy are available from the School Business Director.

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