Invitation To Celebrate Easter Week Services - Reminder

Fr Teddy O'Brien MSC and the parishioners of St Anne's, Wappenbury invite you to celebrate the Easter week services with them as detailed below:

Thursday 18 April   7.00pm      Mass of the Last Supper
                                             Princethorpe College Chapel

Friday 19 April       3.00pm      Celebration of the Lord's Passion
(Good Friday)                         Princethorpe College Chapel
Saturday 20 April   8.00pm      Easter Vigil and
                                             First Mass of Easter             
                                             St Anne's, Wappenbury
                                             (please note time change)

Sunday 21 April     8.30am      Easter Sunday Mass           
                                             St Anne's, Wappenbury
                          10.15am      Easter Sunday Mass           
                                             Princethorpe College Chapel

For further information about the parish of St Anne's please click here

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British Dyslexia Association Event - Reminder

Saturday 27 April 2019

Do you or your child have dyslexia (or another specific learning difficulty, such as dysgraphia)?

The British Dyslexia Association have a free parent pop-up event in Coventry on the 27 April 2019.  

This event is aimed at parents and carers of young people with dyslexia and those who have a general interest in finding out more about this learning difference.

The ticket will enable you to attend the half day workshop with the following sessions:

  • What is dyslexia? Supporting your child’s needs; BDA CEO, Helen Boden
  • Empowering Potential; Microsoft: Arran Smith
  • Navigating the SEN maze: entitlement, provision and appeals; SEN Legal: Hayley Mason
  • How does my Child's Dyslexia Affect Me? John Hicks

Tickets are free and can be applied for here.   

Lorna Prestage
Learning Support

Peripatetic Music Recital - Reminder

Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 7.00pm

There will be a recital from some of the most talented pupils taking music lessons at Princethorpe College in the Clarkson theatre on Tuesday 7 May at 7.00pm.

It will be a friendly and informal evening, and a great chance to experience some of the vast talent shown by our pupils.  There will be a combination of solo and small group performances on the evening, and an opportunity after the event to meet up with your child’s peripatetic teacher for a chat if you would like.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be light refreshments after the event.  No tickets are required but due to limitations on seating, could I please ask that you reserve your seats by clicking here.

Gil Cowlishaw
Head of Music


Photograph Naming Evening - Reminder

Wednesday 8 May - 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Were you a Dramatic Delight or a Sporting Superstar? Put your memory to the test at our photograph naming evening.

Here at Princethorpe, we have a fantastic online archive catalogue (click here to view) showing what records we hold. To avoid having thousands of photographs titled ‘Photograph showing football team’ or ‘Photograph of actors on stage’, we will be holding a photograph naming session on Wednesday 8 May from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and we really need your help!

Photographs focusing on the themes of ‘music and drama’ and ‘sport’ from the 1980s and 1990s will be displayed in the Sixth Form Centre for you to name and we would love to see as many former staff, parents and pupils as possible.  To help energise those brain cells, plenty of refreshments will be available. 

If you would like to attend the evening or if you would like any further information please contact me at

Janette Ratcliffe


Parents' Reading Group - Reminder

Wednesday 15 May 2019 - 7.30pm

At out last meeting we discussed Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, an engaging saga which charted the lives of slaves and former slaves over generations.  This was an impressive first novel, clearly carefully researched.  It depicts the complex nature of the slave trade and the way in which native communities became quite heavily involved themselves in exploitation for financial gain.  The writing is controlled yet doesn’t flinch from depicting many horrors both psychological and physical, including humiliating experiences of those from former slave families who had made a new life in America. 

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 15 May in the library at 7.30pm.  We will be discussing A Spark of Light which is the latest novel by Jodi Picoult.  We are a small, friendly group of readers with broad tastes and we always welcome new faces.  Please join us and bring a friend, whether you have read this novel or would like some recommendations for summer reading.

Chris Kerrigan
Head of English

Arts Society Trinity Term Programme - Reminder

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) - Tuesday 21 May 2019

On Tuesday 21 May at 7.30pm former Princethorpe Foundation Archivist, Dr Nick Baker, returns to present another illustrated talk Sir Henry Rider Haggard: Storyteller, Politician and Country Gentleman.

Sir Henry Rider Haggard was only one of many extraordinary Victorians who straddled many different lives. Inspired by his first-hand experiences of Africa, he went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time, specialising in ‘Lost World’ literature. Works such as King Solomon’s Mines and She communicated stories of lost civilisations in far off lands, and brought much needed escapism to a reading public. He did not limit himself to tales set in Africa, but also wrote about the Vikings in Iceland. Many of these stories have since been transformed into successful films. Who can forget Ursula Andress as ‘She who must be obeyed’ in the Hammer film of the same name? Haggard did more than simply feed the popular imagination. He was deeply concerned with the countryside, especially the farming communities in Norfolk, and argued for a more serious approach to Britain’s agriculture as the clouds of the First World War appeared on the horizon.

This illustrated talk will examine Haggard’s early life in Africa, and loves lost, to show how they shaped his literary output. We will also consider his close friendships with other notable individuals, such as Rudyard Kipling. A display of first editions and signed material will also be on display.

Please click here for booking form.

Organ Recital - Tuesday 2 July 2019 

Once again on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 7.30pm in the Chapel Tim Campain will play a wide variety of pieces from various genres on the renowned Princethorpe Binns’ organ of 1901. This year promises a special programme to mark twenty-five years of the popular Hugh Page Memorial Organ Recitals.

Please click here for a booking form. 

Tickets - £5.00 for each of the events including refreshments. All Foundation pupils free of charge.



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Year 11 Thanksgiving Service and Buffet Lunch - Save The Date

Friday 21 June - 11.15am to 2.15pm

Year 11 parents are requested to save the date for Friday 21 June when they will be invited into school by the Headmaster for a Thanksgiving Service and Buffet Lunch.

Year 11 pupils will be asked to return for the morning dressed in smart business attire, to catch up with their friends, collect their leavers' hoodies and year books and take part in other activities, before joining their parents for the Thanksgiving Service and Buffet Lunch.

Further details will be sent nearer the time.

Year 11 Prom - Permission Form Return Reminder

Monday 24 June 2019

As all Year 11 pupils will be aware, this event will be held on the evening of Monday 24 June 2019 from 7.00pm until 12 midnight and the venue will be the stunning Coombe Abbey. This is a special occasion to celebrate the end of GCSEs and the dress code will reflect that. Gentlemen are expected to wear suits or tuxedos and for ladies formal evening wear is required – dress to impress is certainly the order of the day!

The event will be supervised by Princethorpe staff and alcohol is strictly forbidden. The event will be for Princethorpe pupils only, guests from other schools are not allowed.

The cost of the event is £60 per person, which includes soft drinks, the hire of the venue, a three course meal, and a disco. A photographer will be on hand to record the evening for posterity and photographs will be available to order at a later date.

If your son or daughter would like to attend, and has not yet returned the permission slip, please ensure they are handed in to Ms Satchwell at the Student Support Hub by Monday 29 April. Please click here to download slip if required. 

If you have any queries regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact me.

Beth Sharpe
Deputy Head - Pastoral