Golden Jubilee Celebrations – Princethorpe College

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

The College's 50th Anniversary which took place during the academic year 2016-2017 has effectively come to a happy close with the final event of the year - our Golden Jubilee Ball on Saturday 1 July.

We celebrated in style with some key events aimed at the wider school community including pupils, parents, staff and former parents, staff and of course Old Princethorpians. We also published a commemorative book charting the school's history from the 60s to the present day.


To celebrate the year we have produced a 60-page souvenir review of all the activities in words and pictures. An electronic version with pages that can be moved through and a contents list which you can jump to the different sections from is available to view here.

Should you wish to receive a hard copy of the publication please email with your name and address.

Alternatively to catch up on the news check out the articles to the right including a link to our video of the Golden Jubilee Ball.

Golden Jubilee Cycling Pilgrimage
Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 3 June 2017

An intrepid band of Princethorpe College staff, parents and former pupils took on an epic challenge over the May half term holiday when they cycled between the French towns of Issoudun and Montargis in the Loire Valley, as part of the College’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The two French towns have historic connections with the College. Issoudun being the town linked most closely to the Catholic College’s founding fathers, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, and Montargis being the former home of the Benedictine nuns who fled France in the French Revolution to build the priory in which the school is now housed.

The 18 cyclists and their supporters travelled to France by coach and cycled the 120 miles over two days, with a rest day in between in the beautiful hilltop town of Sancerre. Over the course of the challenge the cyclists encountered extreme heat, monsoon like rain, plentiful punctures and their fair share of aches and pains.

They travelled along country roads and canal paths, through lush meadows and poppy fields, beside the beautiful Loire and up steep hills in order to complete the challenge. The end of which was marked by a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Montargis.

Comments, Headmaster, Ed Hester, “120 miles in two days is no mean feat and all the pilgrims deserve to be congratulated. There was a fantastic camaraderie on the trip, which really epitomised Princethorpe’s spirit of family. We were received most warmly by the French people, who were fascinated by the challenge and our links to the two towns.”

The cyclists have already raised over £3,300 in aid of their chosen charity, Mary’s Meals, which sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

To support the pilgrims visit their Just Giving Page. Thank you!

If you have any queries about the Golden Jubilee Year please email