The Princethorpe Diploma
We value the importance of encouraging our students to be well-rounded individuals and our own unique award, the Princethorpe Diploma, is given to those Upper Sixth Formers who successfully meet its criteria.
It comprises six components:
Academic Studies – whatever the abilities and talents, strengths and weaknesses of our students we expect them to develop their independent learning skills and to try their very best.
Co-curricular Participation – there is an enormous range of sporting, musical and other activities on offer at Princethorpe and a good number of our students are involved in activities outside school. These help to develop teamwork, leadership, organisation, reliability and resilience. We want our students to show sustained, regular commitment in this area.
Service to Others – in line with our Christian ethos, we want to encourage students to use their skills and talents to actively be involved in helping others, both in and outside the school community.
Work Experience – having a good understanding of the world of work is vital to help students on their journey into adulthood.
Community and Ethos – At Princethorpe, we believe that we have a very special sense of community - we are a big family - and this is founded on kindness and understanding; tolerance and respect for others; mutual forgiveness and gentleness; courtesy and good manners; hospitality and a sense of humour. We know that true community does not come about by itself; it requires the constant effort of each member. It needs to be built up each day into a community of faith and love, by prayer and by exploring our own spirituality.
Attendance and Punctuality – having the discipline to attend one’s commitments punctually and consistently is an essential skill in the world of work.
Evidence of participation is required. It should be noted that a great many of our Sixth Formers do more than enough to satisfy these requirements and our aim is to encourage all to join in.
We expect our Sixth Formers to contribute positively to our community by the way they conduct themselves and interact with all members of the College.
Many of the Upper Sixth were awarded the Diploma last year.
A key aspect of the Princethorpe Diploma is community service. The college Youth St Vincent de Paul group has this as its focus – especially one-to-one visiting as well as charitable and fundraising activities.
- The group has its own elected president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer who run the weekly meetings and oversee activities with support from the Group Advisor and other staff.
- Currently members of the group visit schools, care homes for the elderly, a club for people with learning difficulties and a day centre for people with multiple sclerosis.
- Fundraising for Mary’s Meals, the charity that provides a daily meal in school for nearly one million children worldwide, is a key focus for the group with events such as World Porridge Day and a 24-mile sponsored walk along the Coventry Way route in under eight hours.
- Students are also involved in supporting the Leamington Night Shelter, Acorns and other local charities by donating tinned goods and other items.