Princethorpe College Open Events

Tuesday 17 March 2020 - 10.30am to 12.30pm - To Be Rescheduled

With the fast-changing situation regarding COVID-19 it is with regret that we have decided to cancel or postpone all non-essential, larger scale Foundation events in the coming week or so, including postponing Princethorpe College's Spring Open Morning on Tuesday 17 March.

Our next planned event is our Open Evening on Wednesday 3 June 2020, see below.

Wednesday 3 June 2020 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm 

The College's annual Summer Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 3 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  This is an informal opportunity to look around the school and to meet members of staff and pupils. There will be activities in each department for children to participate in, and the Headmaster will also address visitors in the Chapel during the evening. Light refreshments will be available.

Please do spread the word amongst friends and family, all are very welcome.

Crackley Hall 75th Anniversary Celebrations - Postponed

Thursday 19 March and Saturday 21 March

With the fast-changing situation regarding COVID-19 we are looking carefully at all aspects of the school’s organisation and events. The health and wellbeing of our community is of paramount importance to us; we want to ensure the safety of our school community and to minimise the potential for the spread of any infection.

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel or postpone all non-essential, larger scale Foundation events in the coming weeks.  This unfortunately affects Crackley Hall’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations, including the St Joseph’s Mass (now only open to school family members) on Thursday 19 March and the Open House and Diamond Anniversary Gala Ball on Saturday 21 March.

We will look to reschedule the Open House and the Diamond Anniversary Gala Ball later this calendar year.


Crescent School Open Events

Crescent School Open Morning

Saturday 21 March 2020 - 09.30am to 12.30pm - To Be Rescheduled

With the fast-changing situation regarding COVID-19 it is with regret that we have decided to cancel or postpone all non-essential, larger scale Foundation events in the coming week or so, including postponing Crescent School's Spring Open Morning on Saturday 21 March.

Our next planned event is our Open Evening on Tuesday 5 May 2020, see below.

Crescent School Open Evening

Tuesday 5 May 2020 - 5.00pm - 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.

There is no need to book for either event.

The school has recently announced plans to add a second Reception class for September 2020 due to high demand, spaces in other years are limited.

If you can't make the Open Evening but would like to look around, please call our Registrar, Mrs Helen Morley on 01788 523851 or email to arrange a visit.

Princethorpe College Year 5 Taster Days

Due to the ongoing pandemic the College is not currently holding Taster Days.

However you can still register your interest here and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we are able to organise the next Taster Day events.

Taster Days are for children currently in Year 5 (children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010), who are interested in admission to the College in September 2021.

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.

Princethorpe Say Hello To Hockey

Saturday 2 May 2020 -  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 here.


Arts Society Events 2020

Princethorpe College’s Arts Society meets regularly with lectures and performances on interesting and diverse topics.

Dante Alighieri - Lecture 3 - Tuesday 12 May 2020 - 7.30pm

The last in our series of lectures on Dante will take place on Tuesday 12 May.

The talk will take commence at 7.30pm in the Sixth Form Lecture Theatre and will be followed by wine and light refreshments in The Atrium.

Further details will be published shortly but we are happy to receive provisional bookings by e-mail please, at

Arts Society Summer Lecture - Sir Wilfred Thesiger - Tuesday 2 June 2020 - 7.30pm 

Dr Nick Baker, former archivist of Princethorpe College will give a presentation on the life and times of Sir Wilfred Thesiger. A quintessential English explorer, Sir Wilfred Thesiger was the last and greatest of that small band of travellers who sought out the secrets of the desert in the years before Arabia was transformed forever by the oil beneath her sands.

The talk will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2 June 2020 in the Sixth Form Lecture Theatre followed by wine and light refreshments in the Atrium.

Tickets may be purchased at the door but advance notice helps catering. Princethorpe, Crackley Hall and Crescent School pupils free of charge. We are happy to receive provisional bookings by email, please at


The annual Huge Page Organ Recital (Huge Page at 100) will take place on Tuesday 30 June 2020 - please save the date.

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Crackley Hall and Little Crackers Open Events

Open Evening

Tuesday 12 May 2020 - 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. 

Come And Say Hello At The Kenilworth Show!

Saturday 6 June 2020

Both Crackley Hall School and Princethorpe College will be out in force at the Kenilworth Show on Saturday 6 June 2020.

A great day out for all the family, there is so much to see and do: The Sheep Show, Heavy Horses, The Grand Parade of Livestock, The Countryside Arena, Farm Machinery and much much more!  

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 in advance 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 25th Annual Motoring Festival 2020

Sunday 21 June - 2.00pm to 4.30pm

The Summer Art, Photography and Design Show  

A celebration of Princethorpe College's 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. 

25th Annual Motoring Festival

The 25th 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 2020 event is now open, click here for more information.


New Pupils Induction Day And Information Fair

Wednesday 24 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 2020 will take place on Wednesday 24 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 
  • Catering
  • 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 28 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 28 August, just before term begins on Tuesday 1 September.


Year 5 Parents' Admissions Q and A Session

Monday 29 June 2020 - 6.30pm to 7.30pm

The College's Admissions Team will be holding a Year 5 Parents' Q and A session on Monday 29 June 2020.

This is a chance for Year 5 parents’ to ask our Admissions Team questions relating to the admissions process and Entrance Examinations Day in an informal forum before the registration deadline of Friday 2 October 2020.

If you would like to attend please click here to secure your booking for the event and the Registrars will contact you nearer the time with further details.

Princethorpe College Entrance Examinations

Entrance Examinations for Year 7 to 10 entry in September 2021 will take place on Saturday 7 November 2020 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 2 October 2020 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. 

Old Princethorpians' Events Calendar 2019-20

The OPs' events calendar offers plenty of opportunities for past pupils, former parents, staff and friends of the College and the Foundation schools to catch up.

Our ever popular Pub Meets return with an early summer gathering in London at French restaurant, Balthazar in Covent Garden on Friday 15 May.

The OPs' Summer Supper Reunion, a favourite event in the calendar, will take place on Friday 26 June 2020, this time celebrating the leavers of 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010, although leavers of other years are also most welcome.

All alumni, former staff and parents of Princethorpe College, St Joseph's School, Crackley Hall and Crescent School 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.