College News

Staff And OPs Take On Warwick Half Marathon For Mary's Meals

Staff and OPs will be pounding the pavements and paths on Sunday to raise money for Mary’s Meals. Gil Cowlishaw, Clare White and Tom Walton will be joined by OP Rod Isaacs as they take on the challenge of the Warwick Half Marathon.

The hardy runners are fundraising for a charity close to Princethorpe's heart, Mary's Meals, and specifically the project to feed the 600 pupils of Makalanga Primary School, near Blantyre in Malawi.

Keen to get in shape for the challenge, Rod, Clare and Gil have already run a half marathon (13.1 miles) on each of the previous four weekends in January making it four and one for good luck.

If you would like to show your support for their intrepid efforts please visit JustGiving here.

Solar Panels Commissioned At Princethorpe College

The College took another step forward in its drive for sustainability last October when the solar photo voltaic panels on the new Science Centre and Sports Hall were commissioned.

As part of the project to construct the Science Centre, 44 solar panels were installed on the roof of the Sports Hall to support Princethorpe’s move towards net zero. The new rooftop solar array is now generating clean energy for the school to use. The expansive flat pitch of the roof making it the perfect location for the panels to catch the sun’s light as it moves across the sky.

On a good day, the panels will generate as much as 27kW of electricity, which will be offset against the school’s electricity consumption. When the panels generate more than the school needs, for example during weekends and holidays, the excess will be fed back into the National Grid. Even on the dreary grey days the panels generate 1.3kW to contribute to the school’s daily demands for power.

It’s another major improvement to the College’s infrastructure and one that has the capacity to grow further as there is plenty more roof space available.

In addition to the solar panels, the school is installing a display monitor in the Science Centre foyer. It will show the energy performance of the building, including the amount of electricity being produced by the panels, and will be an excellent resource to engage the whole school in the discussion about the advantages of clean energy and how we achieve a stable climate and healthy planet together.

Foundation Assistant Head, Alex Darkes, who leads the College’s Environmental Sustainability Board, said, “It's a really positive step forward, as we take on the challenge of moving towards ‘net zero’.”

Latest Edition Of The Tower Is Now Available

The latest edition of the College’s magazine, The Tower Review, was published in December.

It tells the story of the last school year, term by term, reflecting on a whole host of activities, achievements and successes that pupils from Year 7 through to Upper Sixth took part in. It includes highlights such as Prize Giving and the College production as well as reviews of sporting events and House competitions.

2022/23 was an incredible year filled full of wonderful and memorable moments to reflect on. We hope that our annual souvenir review will be treasured by pupils and parents alike.

The magazine was mailed to the Leavers of 2023 and you can also find a copy on the school website here:

If you would like to receive a printed copy, please email with your name and address.

Train To Teach At Princethorpe

Thinking of becoming a teacher? Then why not consider training at Princethorpe College.
Whether you are a new graduate or contemplating a career change, we have opportunities available across the subjects but particularly for those with a degree relating to STEAM.

Through our association with the Lion Alliance, we offer a year’s training as part of the School Led Route, leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Placements would be at Princethorpe and also at other schools within the Lion Alliance. Our training via the Lion Alliance is supported by Warwick University. In addition, Princethorpe College also has strong links with Birmingham City University and Coventry University through offering placements to their trainees.

Teacher training at Princethorpe is a successful part of the school and we are now in our fifth year. Bursaries from the government of between £7,000 and £28,000 are available to support those training in Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Languages, Geography, Biology and Design Technology.

Our Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning, Dr Liz Pyne is happy to offer advice about the different routes into teaching and what Princethorpe can offer you. Please email her at

Further information about the Lion Alliance can be found here:

Information about Getting into Teaching and possible bursaries can be found here:

Cedar Of Lebanon Tree

One sad victim of the fierce winter storms in thes Christmas holidays was the Cedar of Lebanon tree that stands on the North Lawn. The tree lost a major branch, clearly torn off by the wild winter gales. Now some 150 years old, the tree will be familiar to all Princethorpians having provided welcome shade for many pupils over the years.

Thankfully, elsewhere on campus the damage was minimal, limited to minor branches and leaf debris and an awful lot of water flowing off the fields into the streams and drains.

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Snowdrops Spotted

Snow drops have been spotted around the College campus which is a sure sign that spring is on its way. These uplifting early spring flowers are already in full bloom in the Quad and along the lane to Gardener’s Cottage.

The delicate white petals of the snowdrop (galanthus nivalis) always bring joy when they emerge, and are a welcome sight for us all as we plough on through the windy and wet winter weather.

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Sister Boniface News

Back in the summer the BBC filmed a Sister Boniface Christmas special here at Princethorpe College and it aired on UKTV’s Drama channel just before Christmas, on Tuesday 19 December. Titled The Star of the Orient the episode was set in the grips of the worst winter on record - what came to be known as 'The Big Freeze'.

We understand that Series 3 is to air in the spring again featuring many locations that the eagle eyed amongst you might recognise.

UKTV’s Drama channel can be found on Freeview, YouView, TalkTalk and BT, and on Freesat on channel.

When we know more we will share details on social media.


Train To Teach MFL, Maths Or Physics

Do you have aspirations to train to become a Modern Languages, Maths or Physics teacher? Or do you know someone who does?

We are working in collaboration with Oundle School on two National SCITT Teacher Training programmes and both their National Modern Languages SCITT and National Maths and Physics SCITT have places available for September 2024 and 2025.

Contact Clare Douglas ( for more details or follow the links to the programmes below.