OPs Leamington Meet - Anyone For Real Tennis?

Friday 12 May 2017 - 6.00pm onwards

Next year's OPs Leamington Meet is a Pub Meet with a difference, or rather with a little real tennis on the side.

OP Chairman Peter Rollason, himself a keen real tennis player, has booked the Leamington Real Tennis Club at 50 Bedford Street for the evening.  

The event will give OPs the chance to see a demonstration of the game by professionals and to ‘have a go’ themselves. Less sporty types can spectate and partake of the Club Bar, food will be provided.

Please RSVP to by 1 May 2017.

PTA Christmas Fair

Sunday 27 November  - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The College's annual PTA Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 27 November from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

As well as the 'must visit' Old Princethorpians stand, there will be an array of stalls full of present ideas, games and activities, festive music and refreshments plus, of course, Santa in his grotto!

This is a good chance to see the College at a weekend and all the family are very welcome to come along!

Forthcoming Crackley Hall And Little Crackers Open Events

Crackley Hall Nursery And Reception Open Evening

Wednesday 16 November 2016 - 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Crackley Hall, Princethorpe's junior school and nursery in Kenilworth, is having a specific Nursery and Reception Open Evening on Wednesday 18 November from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Parents are being encouraged to apply now for places in Reception in 2017.

This is an opportunity to look around Nursery and Reception class and to meet and talk informally to staff.  There will be a short presentation at the beginning of the evening and light refresments will be available.

Crackley Hall Open Day
Tuesday 17 January 2017- 10.00am - 3.00pm

This is a great chance to look around the school and nursery during a normal working day and to chat to staff and pupils. Light refreshments will be available.

If you can't make the Open Evening or Open Day but would like to look around, please call our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Angela Barnard on 01926 514444 and come on a day to suit you, we welcome visitors on most days.

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Forthcoming Crescent School Open Events

Nursery and Reception Open Evening 

Tuesday 15 November 2016  

The Crescent School, the Foundation's new junior school for 4 to 11-year-olds in Bilton, Rugby, is having a specific Nursery and Reception Open Evening on Tuesday 15 November from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Parents are being encouraged to apply now for places in Reception in 2017.

This is an opportunity to look around Nursery and Reception class and to meet and talk informally to staff.  There will be light refresments available.

The Crescent School Open Day
Monday 16 January 2017 

This is an opportunity to look around the school and to meet staff and pupils on a normal working day. All are welcome, no need to book.

If you can't make the Open Day but would like to look around, please call our Registrar, Mrs Helen Morley on 01788 521595 and come on a day to suit you, we welcome visitors on most days.

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Sixth Form Open Evening

Wednesday 9 November 2017 - 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Aimed at internal and external prospective Sixth Formers and their parents, this is an opportunity to get an insight into the Sixth Form experience at Princethorpe, to meet staff and members of the Sixth Form and to get specific A-level information and advice.

Individual taster days for prospective external Sixth Formers are available. For more information please contact the Registrar, Mrs Vanessa Rooney on 01926 634201 or email Scholarships and bursaries are available.

Prize Giving Ceremony And OPs Pre-Drinks Reception

Friday 4 November 2016 - 7.30pm

This year's Prize Giving will be held on Friday 4 November in the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre beginning at 7.30pm.

Traditionally, the vast majority of last year’s Upper Sixth returns to collect their A-level examination certificates.  Most will have embarked on their first year at university, apprenticeship or employment and this is an opportunity to catch up with the class of 2016.

The OPs Committee hosts a special Drinks Reception before the ceremony for the U6 leavers, their parents and other invited guests. This is a very popular occasion and we have a limited number of seats available for any OPs who would like to join us for the Pre-Drinks at 6.30pm in the Helen Martin Studio and later for the ceremony itself.

To secure your seat please RSVP with the number in your party, stating that you are an Old Princethorpian, to by Friday 14 October please.

Reading Group

Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm.

The Reading Group is open to all members of the wider Princethorpe community whether they be OP, a Princethorpe parent or teacher. The group got off to a good start this term with a discussion of two very different books which we had read over the holiday. One was the bestselling All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This takes a fresh look at the Second World war period through charting the lives of a young blind girl from Paris and a German orphan with a genius for anything to do with radio communication. Their lives briefly come together when they are in St Malo under siege. This was an engaging read which handled historical detail with some perception and sensitivity. Our other book was Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a writer we have enjoyed before. Set in Nigeria this novel explores the effects of religious fanaticism as we follow the lives of a family blighted by the influence of an abusive father who does all in the name of religion. The book is uncompromising and perhaps a little painful to read at times. Political and cultural background are deftly interwoven in the family saga and we all found this a very worthwhile book. Our next meeting will be in the library on Wednesday 12 October at 7.30pm. We will be discussing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, a Booker shortlisted book which charts the friendship of four men whose lives take them in very different directions. Apparently this is quite lengthy so we may not all complete in by the time of the meeting. Please join us whether or not you have read this book. We are a friendly group of readers who are always prepared to try anything new. We’d like some new members this year and you can be sure of a warm welcome. Come along if you’d like to share your own reading interests or if you’d like some recommendations for future reads yourself. Chris Kerrigan Head of English

Class Of 2002 And Year 11 Leavers Of 2000 - Unofficial Reunion

Saturday 3 December 2016 - 7.00pm

The Class of 2002 and Year 11 leavers of 2000 are meeting up for an unofficial OP Reunion on Saturday 3 December from 7pm at The White Horse, Clarendon Avenue, Leamington, CV32 5PZ.

All welcome, anyone interested and wanting to find out more please contact organiser Max Oxton-Morris via Facebook.


Year 6 Taster Days

For current Year 6 pupils (children born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006), who are interested in admission to the College in September 2017.

Year 6 Taster Days will be available in October and November.

The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 2 November 2016 (Full)

Monday 14 November 2016 (2 Spaces)

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 634262 or email at

Old Princethorpians Events Calendar 2016-2017

We have great pleasure in unveiling the OPs events calendar for the forthcoming academic year.

We have tweaked the programme slightly with it being the Golden Jubilee Year, some timings have changed, some events will have a rest for a year and some new venues have been introduced.  Our London meet will be the focus for an OPs Golden Jubilee Reception in February, venue still tbc but expect somewhere interesting and The Real Tennis Club on Leamington's Bedford Street will be the venue for our local pub meet in May.

The Summer Supper Meeting at the College in June will not take place due to the eagerly awaited Golden Jubilee Ball taking place on Saturday 1 July and the leavers of 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 (Year 11 leavers from those cohorts are most welcome too) will be encouraged to attend this instead, along with OPs from across the 50 years, current and former parents and staff.

More details will follow before Christmas on how to book a table or individual tickets at the Golden Jubilee Ball.  Interest is expected to be high, following the success of the other Golden Jubilee events and places are limited to approximately 500.

All OPs, past parents and staff are welcome to participate in any or all of the events.

Click here to download the calendar or visit the Old Princethorpians section at for more information on Old Princethorpians.