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At The Phoenix School Cambridge, we are unique in the independent sector in that we run by likeminded parents in close partnership with the teaching team and our external Governors. We are a small school who achieve great things with our pupils and that is why parents choose The Phoenix for their children. We are very proud of this fact and make no excuse for our size, this with our loving ethos is a key ingredient of our success and our parents agree. Our 2016 parent testimonials follow:

My son is in Reception and my daughter is in Year 3 at The Phoenix:

'The Phoenix School has had an enormous impact on our children’s self confidence and capacity for learning. The combination of small classes and dedicated, enthusiastic and nurturing teaching staff has enabled them both to get the very best from their education.

We transferred our eldest from a state primary school during year 1. The primary school was a good school, but our daughter was struggling to keep up, and with the large classes she quickly lost confidence.  She would find anything a distraction. Two years later she has confidence and the self esteem to persevere when faced with a challenge. She doesn’t give up and convince herself she’s a failure any more and she’s doing really well.
Our youngest started school at The Phoenix and he loves to learn. The learning environment is so supportive and encouraging and he has thrived!
Phoenix School has a friendly, intimate and informal feel and as parents we had the opportunity to get involved and feel part of a team from the beginning. It’s not stuffy at all and any preconceptions we had about independent schooling were very quickly dispelled. The staff and parents are all very down to earth and there’s a shared sense of commitment to providing the best possible education for our children.
We would strongly recommend this school.'
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My son is in Year 6 at The Phoenix:
'At 3 years old my son was very introverted and scared of his own shadow and we as his parents, were very worried about him. We knew he would become invisible in the state system or a larger independent school. However all of our worries have been dispelled as he has been completely transformed by The Phoenix. He has been taught and nurtured by Mrs Cooke and her team at both St Colette's and now The Phoenix for 7 years and is now regarded as one of the most confident, polite and responsible pupils at the school by parents and staff alike. He excels academically, has a desire to do his very best at everything he does and has the confidence to speak in front of large audiences and on a 1:1 to both adults and children alike. Being at a smaller school has enabled him to interact with different ages of children and with the increased adult interaction it means he converses confidently in any setting with any generation. We no longer have any doubt that he will go on to achieve anything he sets his heart on in life, we could never have dreamt that this would be the case 7 years ago.
Please don't be put off by the smallness of the school, the teaching and pastoral care are second to none and remember great oak trees do grow from small acorns. As our son comes to leave the school this year as a Year 6 pupil and moves onto our first choice independent school, we are confident that he will have the academic strength and self belief to flourish no matter what challenges he may be presented with in life. We can't recommend this school enough, it has been life changing for our family.'
Post testimonial note: 'Within a month, my son has settled remarkably well at his secondary school, making new friends almost immediately, dealing incredibly well with the much larger school environment and his first report consists of mainly top grades already. We can't thank you enough for preparing him so well, he wouldn't have got there without you, Phoenix!'
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My son is in Reception and my daughter is in Year 2 at The Phoenix:

'We moved our children to the Phoenix School this year. Our daughter had spent 2 years in the state system and whilst she did well academically, she did not adjust well to the class composition changing every year. We were concerned that the Phoenix classes might be too small but both she and her brother have settled in incredibly quickly and integrated with the other children. Mrs Cooke and all the staff engage with each pupil individually regardless of age or year group. They develop each child according to their individual capability not just academically but also socially.  The school includes a varied curriculum including dance, drama, music and languages within the school day. The class sizes mean that the personal attention given to each child is second to none.  My children now enjoy going to school and I feel much happier leaving them in a stimulating and nurturing environment, where not only are they cared for but they learn to care for others.'

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My son is in Year 5 at The Phoenix:

'Choosing a new school was not an easy decision to make for us, with so many factors and considerations to balance it felt extremely confusing. On our first visit to the Phoenix School there was an instant click. A real affinity with teaching style, opportunities for individual learning plans, obvious evidence of high academic standards on the walls and bundles of creativity everywhere. We saw very happy children, well engaged with their learning and evidence of brilliant teaching. It was a good feel or vibe if you like. Our son felt the same as his first comment after his taster day was "mummy, I've found my jigsaw".
Making the move to the Phoenix was a great decision, as our son has thrived and gone from strength to strength. Educationally, on arrival he was on shaky ground but he is now sitting on solid foundations and has grown tremendously, both as a pupil and as a person. He has developed his own opinions on a good range of subjects, mostly sensible ones! He can negotiate, debate and even mediate! He has achieved academically, musically and in sport. We think that the Phoenix School is really top soil to grow in.
Our advice would be that if you are looking for a small school that will truly value your little person, grow them educationally, breakthrough boundaries, relish individuality, celebrate achievement and foster that fine balance between strength of character and mindfulness towards others - then The Phoenix School Cambridge should be at the top of your list too.'
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My son is in Year 6 at The Phoenix:
'The Phoenix School has been life transforming placement for our son where he fully engages in every aspect since joining the school in year 2. He initially lacked confidence and generally avoided engaging with others but quickly became confident and enthusiastic trying everything on offer. This could only happen because the school worked very hard to give him the assurance he needed and put individual learning plans for him to accomplish and progress. He is in year 6 now and is able to contribute in every aspect of school life from academic work to sports despite all the challenges he faces being partially sighted. It was amazing to observe how many staff were able to accommodate his needs and adapt his work to ensure he is able to fully access the curriculum and enable him to type his work on his computer. The best school for any child to achieve their full potential and build confidence! Fantastic staff with loving and caring attitudes and would recommend this school to anyone without hesitation.' 
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My daughter is in Year 3 at The Phoenix:
'Since we chose The Phoenix for our daughter when she was 3 we have not looked back. We had not initially intended to send her to private school but she was so shy and uncomfortable in groups that she was not happy at pre-school. She was also ready at that age for learning to read and write and do simple maths, something that wasn't offered at the local pre-school. 
As soon as she walked into the early years classroom at The Phoenix she was taken by hand by another girl and immediately felt included. Since then she has thrived both personally and academically. To look at the confident 8 year old she now is, you would have no idea how timid she was when she first joined. At The Phoenix, she has been valued for her individuality and supported by teachers who genuinely care about her, and she has well and truly come out of her shell!
Academically she has benefited enormously from the individual education plans that can be used in smaller classes. She is able to work at a level that is right for her and has thrived in all areas. She is never held back to wait for others if she is ready to move on and explore something in depth, she is actually encouraged to do so. As a result, she loves school and learning and seems to become more enthusiastic as time goes on. Her teachers have made learning fun using lots of interactive activities that can be done with smaller classes.
Even though the school is small compared to others, she has been able to experience and come to enjoy new sports like Rugby and Cricket and has been developing her acting skills in school plays. We feel that there are so many advantages to the size of the school and the difficulty we now face is finding a senior school that can live up to the expectations we now have because of the experience we have had at The Phoenix!'