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Families Enjoy A Socially Distanced Princethorpe Open Day

05 Oct

On Sunday 4 October Princethorpe opened its doors and gave a warm welcome to nearly 120 families visiting for a socially distanced Open Day.

In three carefully planned and managed events, the Year 6 pupils and their parents were welcomed by the Headmaster, Ed Hester, in the Sports Hall before undertaking a self-guided tour around key locations. Staff were of course on hand to point the visitors in the right direction, but all the visitors were provided with a printed tour guide to help them find their way around the route.

Starting in the Sixth Form their tour took them to the Chapel, the Quad, the Refectory and then headed on to Music and Drama. They exited the Roundhouse and then came back in to the building through Science before visiting Design Technology and then Art. The visitors then returned to the Limes to collect takeaway refreshments before exiting up at the top of the building to go on to see some of the College’s many sports facilities. At the end of the route the Headmaster and members of the Senior Leadership Team were on hand to answer any questions before the visitors departed and staff prepared for the next arrivals.

In his address, Ed Hester, welcomed parents and children, talking about the challenges this year has presented and Princethorpe’s proactive response. He spoke about the school and its plans for the future and the ‘Spirit of Family’ ethos that allows the College to help every child to succeed.

It was the College’s first actual open event since the start of the pandemic and many of the visitors commented on how much they appreciated the opportunity to be able to come and see the school in person.

“Our son very much enjoyed attending the Princethorpe Open Day and is very excited about the opportunity to come back for the Taster Day.”

“We were very impressed with the school, despite all the Covid interventions. Listening to the Headmaster and talking to the teachers we were able to pick up on the nurturing and caring aspect of the school.”

“Just a short note to thank you for today's Open Day. It was great to be able to see the school again first hand. Please pass on our grateful thanks to the Headmaster and your team for guiding us around so safely.”

A huge thank you to all the staff who helped on the day and those involved in the preparations. Despite the dreadful weather the school looked amazing and the feedback from our visitors as they left was very positive.