NACE Membership

We are delighted to announce that Princethorpe College is now a member of NACE (the National Association for Able Children in Education), and this term, we begin working towards NACE accreditation. Gaining the NACE Challenge Award will provide recognition of our school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all. 

National Association for Able Children in Education was founded in 1983 and is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading charity in the field of education for able learners. Princethorpe College has a well-established focus on policy and practice in this area, and this means we are ready to audit our provision against the NACE framework and apply for formal accreditation through the NACE Challenge Award. We will use the framework to: identify our strengths and weaknesses and priorities for improvement; to create an action plan that will move the school forward towards higher quality provision; to consolidate our best practice and to further extend existing provision.

Engaging our parents in more able provision will be key over the coming months. The NACE audit that we will carry out will no doubt bring to light areas for improvement and as we compile our evidence, we will be asking for parents’ views and support on a range of more able-related questions.

With our bespoke da Vinci Programme, scholarship programme and tutor time curriculum, we support our very able children by focusing on the quality of teaching and learning in class, educational opportunities provided beyond the classroom, and attention to the social and emotional welfare of the child. For an insight into how you, as parents, can help and support your child as well, follow this link for the NACE Essential Guide for parents and carers of more able learners.


Examinations And Assessments

The period for requesting reviews of Summer 2019 examination scripts has now closed. We are still awaiting some outcomes from the exam boards and these will be sent to pupils as soon as we receive them.

Any outstanding scripts that have been requested for teaching and learning purposes will arrive in the next few weeks and will be sent to the pupil.

Key dates in the reporting and examinations cycle for this half term are shown below. Any students still wishing to enter for an Oxbridge Admissions Test should complete this form and return to me before the deadline of 11 October.

Calendar Michaelmas First Half Term 2019

1 Sep - Upper Sixth registration for BMAT and Oxbridge admission rest opens (university applications).

25 Sep - Deadline to request a copy of an exam scrip (exams summer 2019).

27 Sep - Upper Sixth registration for SMAT admissions test (standard fee) closes (university applications).

10 Oct - Year 11 and Lower Sixth deadline for entry for January IGCSE exams.

11 Oct - Upper Sixth registration for Oxbridge admissions test closes.

11 Oct - Upper Sixth registration for BMAT admissions test (higher fee) closes.

11 Oct - Year 11 full report issued.

30 Oct - Upper Sixth Oxbridge admissions tests.

Exams Timetables:

January 2020

Summer 2020 (provisional)

If you require further information, please contact me.

Shellagh Dodds
Examination and Assessment Manager


Year 8 Parents’ Evening - Tuesday 8 October 2019 - Reminder

The Year 8 Parents’ Evening takes place on Tuesday, 8 October from 6.00pm to 8.30pm in the Sports Hall.

We will continue to offer the option of a two course supper for you and your family, at a cost of £2 per head, and served across three sittings, 5.30pm to 6.00pm, 6.00pm to 6.30pm and 6.30pm to 7.00pm. Supper will be served in the Refectory.

We will also provide two supervised areas where siblings can wait whilst you and your son or daughter meet with the teaching staff. There will be a film screening in one room and for those looking for a quieter environment a second area will be provided where they can relax or study.

To help us with the smooth running of Parents’ Evening and so that we can cater efficiently we would be grateful if everyone who would like to book for supper could complete the RSVP Form by clicking here no later than 10.00am on Monday 30 September.

Please make sure to arrive by 7.30pm at the latest. Parents arriving later than that may not be able to see all the relevant teachers before the event closes at 8.30pm.  Please leave the building by the main entrance to The Limes and sign out at the exit as you leave.

Here is some additional information that you may find helpful:

  • Parking will be available on the school playground.
  • Please enter the Limes building through the main entrance only.
  • Please ensure you sign in and collect your name badge from the reception desk before entering the Sports Hall.
  • There is no appointment system. You should allow approximately 10 minutes per teacher – a timer will sound every five minutes to assist with keeping discussions within this timeframe. Teachers with a large number of students may not be able to provide ten minutes per family; if that is the case, they will email parents to let them know in advance. 

We look forward to seeing you. 

Dr Michael Reddish
Deputy Head - Academic

Year 11 Full Reports

Reports for Year 11 will be posted out on Friday 11 October 2019. They will also be available to view on My School Portal.

Dr Michael Reddish
Deputy Head - Academic