Old Girls Gathering

Saturday 20 September - 11.00am

On Saturday 20 September there will be another gathering for the Old Girls of St Mary's Priory at the College.  The day will include a light lunch and tour of the school, plus plenty of opportunities to reminisce.


Old Princethorpians' Sports Day 2014

Saturday 30 August - 11.00am to 5.00pm

All is set for the Old Princethorpians' Sports Day on Saturday 30 August.

In addition to the established John Shinkwin Trophy Rugby Match between the current first XV and last year's first XV, the day will include boys' hockey and girls' hockey and netball, with current teams and past pupils vying once again for the honour of claiming the Alex Wallis Memorial Shield.

Points will be accumulated throughout the day, with the shield being awarded to the victors at the end of day in the Sixth Form Centre at 4.30pm.

Format of day: 11.00am to 12.00pm Hockey Princethorpe College 1st XI Girls vs OPs XI

12.00pm to 1.00pm Hockey Princethorpe College 1st XI Boys vs OPs XI

1.00pm to 2.00pm Netball Princethorpe College 1st VII Girls vs OPs VII

2.15 to 3.30pm Rugby - John Shinkwin Trophy Princethorpe College 1st XV Boys vs OPs XV

3.45pm to 5.00pm - After Match Awards and Meal

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and an informal after match meal will be available, courtesy of the OPs Committee, from 3.45pm to 5.00pm.

If you would be interested in playing during the day please contact Jon Fitt by Friday 4 July. If you would just like to come and cheer the teams on please RSVP to Old Princethorpians by Friday 22 August so we can cater for you.

Xplore Activity Camps - Monday 21 July - Friday 15 August

Once again Xplore Activity Camps (formerly KG Adventure) will be returning to Princethorpe this summer to run their popular day camps for children aged 6-14 years old. All welcome!

The multi activity programme at Princethorpe is brilliant because of the amazing facilities that can be used. Plus this year there will be themed sessions from falconry displays to Zumba and fancy dress.

The dates for the Summer Camp are:

Monday 21 - Friday 25 July 

Monday 28 July - Friday 1 August 

Monday 4 - Friday 8 August

Monday 11 - Friday 15 August

If you would like to make a booking or need more information please click below on the link for the Xplore Activity website:

Or contact them by phone on: 01449 742700 or email: A 20% discount is available to any pupils who attend the Princethorpe Foundation schools.

Summer Fete and Motoring Festival

Sunday 29 June 2014

All are welcome at the College's annual Summer Fête and 19th Motoring Festival which will be held on Sunday 29 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

A highlight of the school calendar the event takes place in the Orchard, unless the weather is inclement when we will retire indoors.

There will be lots of entertainment for both children and adults alike including for the first time ever a Dog Display provided by a local Dog Club. There will also be pony rides available, a large inflatable slide for the kids, a nerf gun game, bouncy sumo suits, BBQ, refreshments, bar, pupils’ stalls, over 30 external stalls and many, many more exciting things for all the family to enjoy.

Nineteenth Annual Motoring Festival

The annual Motoring Festival is now in its nineteenth year. 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 vehciles 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.

Further details from the website, Alex Darkes on 01926 634207 or email

Summer Art, Photography and Design Show 2014

Thursday 26 June - 6.00pm to 8.30pm and Sunday 29 June - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Summer Art, Photography and Design Show, a celebration of our students GCSE, AS and A2 Art, Photography and Design work will take place in the College's Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 26 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm and on Sunday 29 June from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

This year once again we will be participating in Warwickshire Open Studios and 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 students' fantastic creativity with a wider audience and to welcome more art and design lovers to Princethorpe."

All are welcome. If you would like to attend on Thursday evening please email Shirley Allen 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 Summer Fête and Motoring Festival.

Art History Lecture: Paolo Veronese And Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

Thursday 19 June 2014 at 7.30pm - Sixth Form Lecture Theatre followed by wine and light refreshments in The Atrium. 

The Arts Society is delighted once again to welcome back the former Deputy Head of the College, Margaret-Louise O’Keeffe, for another of her inspirational lectures. 

Currently the subject of an unprecedented and superb exhibition at the National Gallery (until 15 June 2014), Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) will be the subject of a slide-illustrated talk highlighting his skills as a supreme colourist and story-teller. Born in Verona, he worked much of his life in Venice and contributed altarpieces, mythologies, portraits, allegories and great feast scenes, one of which famously incurred the Inquisition's wrath. A truly fascinating artist who made a huge contribution to the period known as the Golden Age of Venetian Painting.  

Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine and light refreshments; Princethorpe and Crackley Hall pupils free of charge. Click here for a copy of the booking form. 

Tickets may also be purchased at the door; but advance notice helps catering, please. We are happy to receive provisional bookings by e-mail, please, to

Old Princethorpians' Summer Events

There's a whole host of OP events taking place this Summer, literally something for everyone, so we hope to see OPs and their families soon!

Summer Supper Meeting - Tuesday 10 June 2012 6.00pm for tour of school (optional), 7.00pm for drinks, followed by supper at 7.30pm.

Our guest of honour this year will be Gwilym Price, MBE.

A relaxed meeting of OPs and former and long-standing staff over supper in the College's Sixth Form Centre Dining Room. RSVP to Old Princethorpians by Monday 2 June please if you would like to come.

OPs Picnic - Sunday 29 June 2014 from 12.00pm

The OPs Picnic will take place on Sunday 29 June from 12.00pm on the lawn beside the tennis courts adjacent to the Orchard. This is an informal opportunity for OPs to picnic together before the College's annual Summer Fête and Motoring Festival from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

Summer Open Evening and Year 5 Taster Days

Wednesday 4 June - 6.30pm to 8.30pm

An Open Evening for prospective pupils and their parents will take place on Wednesday 4 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This will be an informal opportunity to look around the school and to meet pupils and staff. Children can particpate in fun activities in the different departments and the Headmaster will make presentations during the evening.

Year 5 Taster Days

Taster Days are now available for current Year 5 students (children born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004), who are interested in admission to the College in September 2015. The dates are as follows: Tuesday 20 May Wednesday 18 June Thursday 19 June These days will involve a number of classroom sessions, a tour of the school, lunch and other activities. The days will run from 9.45am to 3.20pm. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your child's place telephone the Registrars on 01926 634201 or

Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Summer Open Events

Wednesday 21 May - 5.00pm to 7.30pm and Tuesday 10 June - 10.00am to 3.00pm

Crackley Hall, Princethorpe's junior school and nursery in Kenilworth, is opening its doors for an Open Evening on Wednesday 21 May from 5.00pm to 7.30pm. There's fun for all the family in store including a bouncy castle.

This is an informal opportunity to look around the school and to meet staff and pupils. Children can participate in a variety of fun, subject related activities around the school. It will also be possible to see the Crackley pupils taking part in musical and sporting activities.

There will also be an Open Day on Tuesday 10 June from 10.00am to 3.00pm during which you can see the school on a 'normal working day'.

All are welcome, no need to book.

If you can't make the Open Events but would like to look around, please call on 01926 514444 and come on a day to suit you. We welcome visitors on most days or, if you have younger children, why not come to our Stay 'n' Play session for 0-4 year olds every Wednesday 10.00am - 11.30am just £2.00 per family.

For more information visit

OPs London Meeting - East India Club

Friday 16 May - 6.30pm

New to the OP Calendar this year is a gathering in the Canadian Room of the prestigious East India Club in St James' Square, London on Friday 16 May, pictured.

The event will include the official placing of the Princethorpe crest on the Club's school 'wall of fame', where it will sit alongside the crests of schools such as Eton, Harrow and Rugby.

A light buffet will be available.

Quite a few OPs and staff are signing up to the event including the Headmaster, Ed Hester, Peter Rollason, Alex Darkes, Eddie Tolcher and Master of Rugby, Jon Fitt.

Please let us know if you would like to join us so we can cater for you, email by Tuesday 13 May.

Click here for directions.