OPs Sports Day 2017

Saturday 2 September - 12.00pm to 6.00pm

We are gearing up for the 7th annual Old Princethorpians' Sports Day (and 9th John Shinkwin Trophy Match) on Saturday 2 September. 

Building on the success of the sport at Princefest, for this year we want to introduce some new elements, namely an OPs vs Staff Football Match to kick off the day and an OPs vs OPs Rugby Match to round off the proceedings!  We will also be looking to make the day a relaxed affair with live music, a BBQ and a bar on offer.

As in previous years points will be accumulated throughout the day, with the Alex Wallis Memorial Shield being awarded to the victors at the end of the day.

Format of day:

10.45am to 12.00pm Football OPs vs Staff

12.00pm to 1.00pm Hockey Princethorpe College 1st XI Girls vs OPs XI (x 2)

1.15pm to 2.15pm Hockey Princethorpe College 1st XI Boys vs OPs XI (x 2)

1.30pm to 2.30pm Netball Princethorpe College 1st VII Girls vs OPs VII (x 2)

2.30pm to 3.45pm Rugby - John Shinkwin Trophy - Princethorpe College 1st XV Boys vs OPs XV (leavers of 2017 and 2016)

3.45pm to 5.00pm Rugby -OPs XV vs OPs XV

5.30pm - After Match Awards

We are keen to get as many OPs from across the generations participating. If you are interested in playing in any of the sports please contact Neil McCollin, Director of Sport as soon as possible.

22nd Annual Motoring Festival 2017

Sunday 25 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Motoring Festival always coincides with the College Summer Fete, which takes place on the last Sunday in June. This year's event is on Sunday 25 June 2017.

The Festival is open to anyone keen to bring any sort of classic, vintage, veteran or interesting vehicle along for the afternoon. There will be rally plaques for all pre-booked vehicles and awards for self-judged competitions.

The Festival is preceded by an informal morning road run of about 30 miles through the Warwickshire countryside. Vehicles taking part in the run need to arrive at Princethorpe for 11.00am. There is no charge for classic vehicles entering the festival or taking part in the road run.

Barbecued food is available for a nominal charge on return to Princethorpe at lunchtime, or feel free to bring a picnic.

The Summer Fête takes place in the Orchard between 2.00pm and 4.30pm, unless the weather is inclement when we will retire indoors. There will be lots of entertainment both for children and adults alike including a large inflatable slide for the kids, BBQ, refreshments, bar, pupils’ stalls, over 30 external stalls, a raffle and many, many more exciting things for all the family to enjoy.

On-line registration for the 2017 event is open now! See below.

For a Motoring Festival 2017 Newsletter click here

To register a vehicle online click here

For a booking form in Word click here

For a club booking form in Word click here

Further details from Alex Darkes on 01926 634207 or email

The Princethorpe PTA Summer Fete and OPs, Staff, Pupils, Parents and Village Cricket Match

Sunday 25 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Summer Fete and 21st Annual Motoring Festival will take place on Sunday 25 June between 2.00pm and 4.30pm in the Orchard with lots of entertainment for both children and adults.

We have many and varied attractions including a 'bottle bar' selling beer and mini bottles of wine! As always, we'll be running the ever-popular bottle tombola and any donations for this will be gratefully received nearer the time. But as well as our usual attractions, this year we are focusing on a traditional summer fete theme and the PTA will be holding a 'Food  and Fodder' competition for those keen to demonstrate their cooking and crafting skills. Those who want to take part need to bring in their entries for any of the following categories on the day of the fete to our competition tent. Entrants should put their contact details (name and telephone number) on a small card that can be placed beneath their entry, so that the lucky winners can receive their rosette!


1. Victoria sponge

2. Jam, preserve or chutney

3. Loaf of bread

4. Flower arrangement in a teacup

5. Humorous fruit or vegetable

New for this year will be an OPs, Staff, Parents, Pupils and Village Cricket Match commencing at 1.30pm on the Main Field. Teams will be decided on the day but if you are interested in playing please let Neil McCollin, Director of Sport know asap.  A cricket tea will be provided mid way through the afternoon.

Please keep an eye on the PTA section of the Princethorpe website for updates and for more details of what’s on offer, including the chance to register your interest in helping on the day. 

The Summer Art, Photography and Design Show 2017

Thursday 22 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm Sunday 25 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

A celebration of our pupils GCSE, AS and A2 Art, Photography and Design work will take place in the College's Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 22 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm and on Sunday 25 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

A range of design technology projects, from resistant materials to textiles, will be showcased alongside the stunning art and photography work the College is renowned for. Comments, Paul Hubball, Head of Art, "This is a great opportunity to share our pupils' fantastic creativity with a wider audience and to welcome more art and design lovers to Princethorpe."
Added Head of Design Technology, Paul Scopes, "We look forward to welcoming all the exam pupils and their families from across Design, Art and Photography to enjoy the fruit of their labours."

All are welcome. If you would like to attend on Thursday evening please click here so we can cater for you. Drinks and nibbles will be available.

On Thursday evening admission is free, on the Sunday admission will be £2 per car including entry to the College's Summer Fete and Motoring Festival.

Jane Austen’s Last Year August 1816 - July 1817 Presented By Margaret-Louise O’Keeffe

Wednesday 14 June 2017 – 7.30pm Sixth Form Lecture Theatre

Followed by wine and light refreshments in the Atrium Jane Austen died in Winchester, aged 41, on 18 July and was buried in the cathedral on 24 July. The inscription on her grave mentioned that "The benevolence of her heart, the sweetness of her temper, and the extraordinary endowments of her mind obtained the regard of all who knew her and the warmest love of her intimate connections".

During her last year she completed Persuasion and started Sanditon, which had to be abandoned in March 1817 as her mysterious illness, begun in spring 1816, became more serious. Nursed by her devoted family, especially by her sister Cassandra, she was taken to Winchester in May to seek better medical help. Her final letters resonate with her love for her family, her strong Christian faith and her fortitude in adversity.

Jane Austen’s genius as a brilliant comic novelist is undoubted; her last year also demonstrates her exceptional strength of character and her courage. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, (adults £5.00, children free) but advance notice helps catering, please. Princethorpe and Crackley Hall pupils free of charge. We are happy to receive provisional bookings by e-mail, please, to 

For a booking form please click here 

To download a data protection form please click here

Outdoor Performance Of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday 9 June from 7.00pm and Saturday 10 June from 4.00pm

Outdoor theatre lovers are in for a treat on the evening of Friday 9 June and the afternoon of Saturday 10 June as the Sixth Form lawn will be transformed into an enchanted place of lovers, fairies and a bunch of fools trying to put on a play.

The College is just one of five locations to be chosen by the company to host the magical show. During the shows the PTA will be serving Pimms and Prosecco.

Taking on the role of Hippolyta, the Amazon queen will be Sudden Impulse player, English teacher and PTA stalwart, Jess Newborough.

Comments Jess, "Princethorpe is the perfect setting for our production and we're sure the show will appeal to many families.  We will be encouraging the audience to bring along a picnic, rugs and deckchairs and to be prepared for the weather, as it can get chilly after sunset!"

The production will go ahead regardless of the weather.

Tickets are now on sale for Sudden Impluse Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream taking place in the grounds of the College but tickets are limited. You can purchace tickets from the Sudden Impulse website:

Making A Difference At Princethorpe Drinks Reception – Beaufort House, London

Thursday 8 June 2017 – 6.00pm to 8.00pm

The Club Room, Beaufort House, 354 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UZ As the College continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, you will hopefully have heard that we have launched our first fundraising initiative which aims to provide more bursaries to deserving pupils.

We believe that every child with the potential and passion to benefit from a Princethorpe education should be given the opportunity to learn, grow and develop here. With support from the Princethorpe community, we can help more children to enjoy our unique education.

The 50 + 10 Bursary Fund aims to provide at least ten fully-funded bursary places. We are delighted to tell you that we have received a very warm response to the launch of the fund with several pledges to date. We value donations at every level, and both single gifts and smaller regular amounts are encouraged.

We are aware that there are many people who would like to learn more of our campaign, but who live too far away to travel to Princethorpe events. We are therefore planning to take the initiative to London and to this end we are holding a drinks reception in the Club Room, Beaufort House, Chelsea. All those living or working in London and the surrounding counties are most welcome and we look forward to an enjoyable evening when we can tell you more about our plans.

If you would like to know more about the Bursary Fund, or would like to attend the event, please contact: or telephone 01926 634200 Ext 326

Summer Open Evening And Taster Days

Wednesday 7 June - 6.30pm to 8.30pm

The College's annual Summer Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 7 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

This is an informal opportunity to look around the school and to meet members of staff and pupils. There will be activities in each department for children to participate in, and the Headmaster will also address visitors in the Chapel during the evening. Please do spread the word amongst friends and family, all are very welcome!

Light refreshments will be available.

Taster Days

Taster days for Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils will be available early in the Michaelmas Term.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To enquire about the Taster Days telephone the Registrars on 01926 634262 or email