Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Open Events

Open Morning

Saturday 9 March 2019 - 10.30am to 12.30pm

Crackley Hall School and Little Crackers Nursery are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 9 March from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  This is an opportunity for parents and children to visit the school and nursery at the weekend.  Visitors will have a chance to tour the school, see the facilities and meet pupils and staff including the Headmaster, Rob Duigan. There will be performances and activities showcasing the school.

Open Evening

Tuesday 14 May 2019 - 5.00pm to 7.30pm

Another chance to look around the school and nursery and meet staff and pupils.

All are welcome to both events and there is no need to book. Light refreshments will be available.

If you can't make the Open Morning or Open Evening but would like to look around, please call our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Jenny Vaughan on 01926 514410 or email and come on a day to suit you, we welcome visitors on most days.

For more information please see the school website. 

Arts Society Events 2019

Princethorpe College’s Arts Society meets regularly with lectures and performances on interesting and diverse topics.  The Society will be meeting on the following dates and parents and children are welcome to attend.   

Letters to Mother - Tuesday 19 March 2019

Former Princethorpe Deputy Head, Margaret Louise O’Keeffe, returns by popular demand, to present an illustrated talk Letters to Mother on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 7.30pm.

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.

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.


Tickets may be purchased at the door, (adults £5.00, children free) but advance notice helps catering, please. Princethorpe, Crackley Hall and Crescent School pupils are free of charge.

More information on these events is available at: 


Princethorpe College Open Events

Open Afternoon - Sunday 24 March 2019 - 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Princethorpe College is holding an Open Afternoon on Sunday 24 March 2019 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

All are welcome to visit the College and younger visitors are encouraged to participate in the many fun subject related activities around the various departments. The Headmaster will address visitors during the afternoon and refreshments will be available.


Open Evening - Wednesday 5 June - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The College is holding a Summer Open Evening on Wednesday 5 June from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. This is another informal opportunity to look around the school and to meet members of staff and pupils. 

There is no need to book for these events.

For further information on admissions and entry to the College in 2020 visit our website or speak to the Admissions Team on 01926 634201/634262 or email



Crescent School Open Events

Open Morning - Saturday 30 March 2019 - 9.30am to 12.00pm

Crescent School is holding an Open Morning on Saturday 30 March 2019 from 9.30am to 12.00pm. Visitors will be able to tour the school, see our new facilities and meet the Headmaster, Joe Thackway. 

As part of the Open Morning there will be a very special performance by Reception to Year 2 pupils, along with children from Pathfinders Nursery, of Hats Off - An All-Weather Musical.  A fun and educational musical which will take the audience on a tour through the changing seasons of the year as Apple the pony tries to find a hat suitable for the weather.

This promises to be fantastic entertainment for visitors of all ages, and will really showcase the talents, confidence and stage presence of the school's youngest pupils. The show commences at 10.00am and we would urge visitors to arrive early to get a good seat!

After the half-hour performance there will be a short presentation about the Crescent and our ambitions for the school as part of the Princethorpe Foundation, and the chance to meet  Headmaster, Joe Thackway. There will also be short Q&A sessions with Alan Webb, Assistant Head - Head of Pre-Prep and Headmaster Joe Thackway about the Crescent's offering for Reception to Year 2 and Year 3 to Year 6. 

Elsewhere on site there will be plenty to see and do, including guided tours by the older pupils, sporting displays, instrumental performances, plus the opportunity to visit classrooms and chat informally to current parents and staff from Pathfinders, the Crescent and Princethorpe College. Light refreshments will be available. There is no need to book.

Open Evening - Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 5.00pm to 7.30pm

The school will also be holding an Open Evening in May where parents will be able to tour the school and speak to the Headmaster.

All are most welcome and there is no need to book for either event.

If you can't make the open events but would like to visit the school, please call the Registrar, Mrs Helen Morley on 01788 523851 or email and come on a day to suit you, we welcome visitors on most days.

For more information visit

Old Princethorpians' Events Calendar 2018-19

The Old Princethorpians calendar of events is well underway for 2018-19. Our next events are the Former Parents' Afternoon Tea on Saturday 6 April and the OPs vs Kenilworth Babas Rugby Match on Easter Saturday 20 April. 

Our London meet takes place in early summer at the Bull Dog Bar, The Clarence, Whitehall on Friday 17 May.

The OPs' Summer Supper, a favourite event in the calendar, will take place on Friday 28 June 2019, this time celebrating the leavers of 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009, although leavers of other years are also most welcome.

All OPs, past parents, staff and Friends of the College are welcome to participate in any or all of the events. Old Crescentians and Past Pupils of St Joseph's, Abbotsford and Crackely Hall would be very welcome too. Click here to download the calendar or visit the Old Princethorpians section at for more information on Old Princethorpians.

To view the latest edition of the OP e-newsletter please click here.

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Princethorpe Say Hello To Hockey

Saturday 11 May 2019 -  9.30am to 12.00pm

If you'd love to give hockey a try, why not come along to the Princethorpe College 'Year 4 and 5 Say Hello To Hockey' taster session!

A morning of free hockey training on our astroturf, you'll learn new skills, make friends, have fun and beginners are most welcome.  Aimed at girls and boys, the morning will finish with a mini tournament.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your child's place please complete a booking and consent form, for a copy please click here.


Princethorpe College Year 5 Taster Days

May and June 2019

During the summer term Princethorpe College offers Taster Days for children currently in Year 5 (children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009), who are interested in admission to the College in September 2020.

These days involve a number of classroom sessions, a tour of the school, lunch and other activities, such as a question and answer session with current pupils. The days run from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

If you are interested in your child attending one of the Year 5 Taster Days, please click here.

Come And Say Hello At The Kenilworth Show!

Saturday 8 June 2019

Both Crackley Hall School and Princethorpe College will be out in force at the Kenilworth Show on Saturday 8 June 2019.

A great day out for all the family, there is so much to see and do: Paul Hannam Quad Bike Display Team, The Sheep Show, Heavy Horses, The Grand Parade of Livestock, The Countryside Arena, Farm Machinery and much much more, even the Crackley Hall School Choir!  

There will also be over 100 trade stands from arts and crafts, jewellery, homewares, through to artisan breads and pies in the indoor trade marquee (where you can also find us!), with clothing stalls, garden furniture, plants and local club stands outside.

Visitors to the show can come and find out about our upcoming open events, admissions for September 2020 and beyond, and we would love to say hello to any former St Joseph School pupils and Old Princethorpians!

Tickets are just £12.50 but under 16s go free! For more information about the event and to buy tickets, please visit:

We hope to see you there.

Princethorpe PTA Summer Fete, Summer Art, Photography And Design Show and 24th Annual Motoring Festival 2019

Sunday 23 June - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Summer Art, Photography and Design Show  

A celebration of our pupils GCSE and A-level Art, Photography and Design work will take place in the College's Sixth Form Centre.  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."

The Princethorpe PTA Summer Fete 

The event is held in the Orchard with lots of entertainment for both children and adults. There will be many and varied attractions including a ‘real-ale’ tent, a Dog Show with plenty of summer fete stalls, activities and competitions.

Please keep an eye on the PTA section of the Princethorpe website for updates and for more details of what’s on offer. 

24th Annual Motoring Festival

The 24th Annual Motoring 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 vehicles 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.

On-line registration for the 2019 event is now open, click here for more information.


New Pupils Induction Day And Information Fair

Wednesday 26 June 2019 9.00am to 4.45pm

(Presentation to Parents and Information Fair from 3.30pm to 4.30pm)

The Induction Day for new pupils starting at the College in September 2019 will take place on Wednesday 26 June 2019. The day will consist of two separate events. The new pupils should arrive at school in their current school uniform for 9.00am, but no earlier than 8.45am and can be dropped off by the Sports Hall where they will be met by the Registrars.

They will spend the day getting to know Mrs Susan Harris, Head of Transition and Induction, their Head of House, meet their new Vertical Tutor Group and their teaching group. Refreshments at break and lunch will be provided.

Parents should return to the Chapel at 3.15pm for a prompt start at 3.30pm for their own talks and an Information Fair. Parking will be in the Orchard. There will be an introductory address by the Headmaster and senior staff and after which parents will have the opportunity to visit the Information Fair.

The Fair comprises the following;

Bus services

Music lessons 

Medical matters 


Parent Teacher Association 

Uniform - book your appointment for the shop

Following the Fair you will be rejoined by your son or daughter for refreshments outside when there will be a further opportunity to chat with Mrs Harris, the Heads of House and other members of staff.  The day will finish around 4.45pm

Year 7 Activity Day - Friday 30 August - 9.30am to 4.00pm

The incoming Year 7 children will get a further opportunity to get to know the College and each other a little better on their Activity Day on Friday 30 August, just before term begins on Monday 2 September.


Princethorpe College Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examinations for Year 7 to 10 entry in September 2020 will take place on Saturday 9 November 2019 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

More information on the Entrance Examinations is available in the Admissions section of this newsletter or from the school website please click here.

All candidates must be registered before sitting the entrance examinations. Registrations, bursary and scholarship applications must be received by the deadline of Friday 4 October 2019 to allow us to process the registration and contact schools for references

Following receipt of the registration form, any candidate with a learning need will have an assessment with Lorna Prestage, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, prior to the entrance examination. In this instance, early submission of the registration form is advised in order that this appointment can be made in good time.