TO COPE with the ever increasing demand for places at St. Bede's College, Leamington Spa. the whole of the Princethorpe Priory property, which includes a church, monastery, school. cottages. 200 acres of land and stock, has been bought by the college.
The property (pictured right) stands in a picturesque park and takes in panoramic views of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. It Is only a few miles from Stratford-on-Avon, Leamington Spa, Coventry, and Rugby, so students will benefit by the cultural advantages of the town and the health-giving pursuits of the country.
Princethorpe will open in September next year for boarding and day students from the age of 11 It will prepare boys for the GCE's at ordinary, advanced and scholarship level, and for Universities and training colleges in the arts and science. St. Bede's — which now has
330 students compared to 14 when it opened—will continue as a preparatory school for boys from the age of four-and-a-half to 12. As soon as the senior students have been transferred to Princethorpe. all classroom space vacated by them will be used to provide better facilities for the juniors.
For over a century. Prince thorpe was an independent Catholic boarding school for girls. under the direction of the Benedictine nuns. It will now be run, like St. Bede's. by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
All the buildings at Princethorpe are centrally heated. The monastery has 200 rooms, with cloisters and dining halls.