I love it here because...

Peter Kirkbride

Associate Principal at Brooke Weston Academy

How long have you lived or worked in Oakley Vale?

Just under one year

What brought Brooke Weston Academy to Oakley Vale, how long has it been here? (up to 50 words)

I was appointed to be the Associate Principal of Brooke Weston Academy.

Brooke Weston was founded in 1991 with the support of Hugh de Capell Brooke and Garry Weston, and the school owes a great deal to their foresight and generosity.

Hugh de Capell Brooke was a local land owner who donated the site and substantial cash underwriting to ensure the building began. He and his family committed more land to complete the environmental developments around the site including the Newman Library. A strong supporter of Brooke Weston, Hugh de Capell Brooke died in 2014, but his family continues to take a very active interest in the achievements of all our students.

Garry Weston was chairman of Associated British Foods. He died in February 2002 and is remembered for his unfailing support for Brooke Weston, of which he was always very proud. His generosity extended beyond the initial sponsorship; he supported the initial construction of the astro-turf, the humanities and ICT block and the Newman Library. The Weston family continues to be strong supporters of all that we do.

What do you love about living/working in Oakley Vale? (up to 50 words)

Brooke Weston Academy has very close ties to Oakley Vale. We are an outstanding school that sits at the heart of the community. There is a strong community culture in the Oakley Vale and we are proud to be part of this vibrant community.

What makes Brooke Weston Academy special, both in Oakley Vale and the wider Corby area?

Brooke Weston Academy has an amazing history and reputation. A outstanding Academy with almost 1300 students aged 11-18 years. It has provided an outstanding education to the young people of Kettering and Corby for 25 years. Brooke Weston Academy’s success led to the development of the Brooke Weston Trust which now has ten schools, both Primary and secondary, with the majority in Corby and Kettering. All of the schools are working relentlessly to improve the life chances of the local students.

If you were to describe Oakley Vale with five words, what would they be?

I have two but I think they describe Oakley Vale perfectly – Vibrant and friendly,