Launch Dinner Starts Making A Difference Campaign

On Friday 3 March the Development Office held a dinner to launch the 'Making a Difference at Princethorpe' campaign. The 50 + 10 Bursary Fund aims to provide at least ten full bursary places to deserving pupils whose families who could otherwise not afford the fees.

The evening began with a drinks reception and a chance for guests to re-acquaint themselves with old friends, staff and pupils whilst meeting new faces. Following a fabulous dinner provided by our college caterers, the Headmaster was delighted to introduce the cheese course. This was of particular note because cheesemaker and Old Princethorpian Melvin Glynn, had designed and produced a cheese made specifically for us, the ‘Princethorpe Blue’. Melvin’s company, Windyridge Cheese, also provided a truckle for each guest to take home!

Almost 100 guests then learnt more about our plans, and heard from past recipients of bursaries about their life-changing experiences. Although unable to attend in person, we also heard from our inaugural donor, Mr Ranjit Boparan, who has pledged to fund a full seven-year bursary place, beginning in September. A fabulous kick-start to the campaign.

Father Alan Whelan, former Headmaster and MSC, spoke on behalf of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart about the ethos of the College, and he was delighted to announce that the MSCs will continue to support the Foundation, this time in the form in a Sixth Form Bursary place for a Catholic student.

Due to the generosity of our inaugural benefactor, we have been very fortunate to work with Zeus Films, to produce a short film which highlights the difference a Princethorpe education makes. Our guests were treated to a premiere showing of the film, which lasted just over 5 minutes, but captivated our audience for every moment. The film can be seen by clicking on the image below:


We have been humbled by the response to the evening, with a wealth of positive feedback and we are delighted to report that several donations have already been made. Every donation is valued equally, no matter what the size and all gifts ‘make a difference’.

If you would like to know more about how to Make a Difference at Princethorpe, please contact the Development Team at makingadifference@princethorpe.co.uk, telephone the Foundation Development Director, Rachel Hadley-Leonard on 01926 634265 or fill in the form by clicking here.

To view a gallery of images from the evening see below:


To view the Make a Difference brochure click on the image below: