Welcome

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Great Oakley which has been in the ownership of my family since 1575, we hope very much that this website gives you a flavour of our activities over the centuries.

You never actually own an estate you merely look after it for the next generation.

Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke in 1820, discovered The Northern Cape of Norway and went onto become one of the founding members of The Royal Geographical society. My late father, in the mid 1980’s decided it was time that a new school be constructed on the farm here at Great Oakley, when only two people in the whole borough of Corby went to a  University.

What gives us as a family our greatest ‘buzz’ is our role in the wider community and making a difference to other people’s lives.

In 1991, The Brooke City Technology College opened, then a few years later with the support of The Weston Family, the school became The Brooke Weston City Technology College and today is known as The Brooke Weston Academy.

The Brooke Weston Academy year on year has been rated as one of the UK’s top performing state schools across a range of measures.

Much has changed since 1991, today in a unique Partnership between the de Capell Brooke’s and the Weston families The Brooke Weston Trust educates over 7000 children in 10 schools with over 1,000 members of staff.  The Brooke Weston Trust is a non-profit making educational charity.

Several of our schools have been rated by Ofsted as outstanding, over the years various of our schools have either been visited or opened by various prime-ministers and The Brooke Weston Trust features regularly in the national media.

Sir Norman Foster designed our second school The Corby Business Academy.

Our mission is to transform educational performance across our communities.

Away from our role in the community, Great Oakley is involved in agriculture where the dairy herd with nearly 500 cows in milk which are out at grass for 9 months of the year, are busy producing milk which is made into Stilton Cheese.  In addition our arable teams are busy growing a wide variety of crops to the highest standards, for organizations such as Warburtons whilst taking care of the environment with extensive conservation schemes.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the next 10 years.  In 2012, we planted over 30,000 trees and created The Bescaby Oaks Diamond Wood, which was then chosen by The Woodland Trust to be one of 60 Diamond Woods to celebrate HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  This new woodland is registered for Carbon credits.

Outside of Agriculture, The Estate is heavily involved in creating some of the largest real estate projects in the UK, where we hope to create communities where people will enjoy living, learning and spending recreational time for there is ample evidence to suggest that where care and thought is given to the creation of that community, that ‘people’ respond.

Should you be close to Uppingham, where another de Capell Brooke many years ago decided to buy a farm on the edge of the Eyebrook Reservoir, please walk to the dam wall.

At this wall is a plaque to The Dambusters who used this reservoir to perfect The Bouncing Bomb.

Thank you for visiting us .

With our best wishes

Alexander de Capell Brooke

 

 

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