Why construct a website? Well for more than a few months we have felt that as a family we have wanted to share with you some of what we do.

Great Oakley has been in the ownership of the de Capell Brooke family since 1575.

Each steward of the estate does his or her best to leave the estate in better shape than when he or she found it.

I arrived back in 1993 and little did I realise that the task would be as challenging as it is today, for my late father was passionate about good state funded education and took it upon himself to explore in the mid 1980’s whether it would be possible to bring a new school to Corby.

He was told he would never succeed, “Corby does not need another school”, “take your ideas elsewhere”, but he dogmatically plodded on, and he knew what he thought was going to be best for the people of the area, not just Corby.

So in 1991 The Brooke City Technology College opened, then 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.

Much has changed since 1991, today The Brooke Weston Partnership via The Brooke Weston Trust, educates over 7,000 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, in 2015 our free school in Corby was visited by The Prime Minister to launch the expansion of the free school programme. The Brooke Weston Academy in 2015 featured in the national media in 2015 as one of the UK’s best performing state schools.

2018 saw The Brooke Weston group of schools make further progress. Our primary schools are fuller than at any time since The Brooke Weston Trust was established and we are ‘closing the gap’ for disadvantaged students during the years that matter most.

Away from our role in the community, Great Oakley is heavily involved in agriculture where the dairy herd produces milk for Stilton Cheese and milling wheat on specialist contracts to Warburtons.

Outside of agriculture, the estate is heavily involved in delivering new sustainable communities and is working with a variety of partners to deliver exemplar new communities where people will enjoy living, working , learning and spending recreational time.

We all live in a changing world. In 1968 another de Capell Brooke decided to go farming and looked at a farm on the edge of The Eyebrook Reservoir near Uppingham. The Eyebrook reservoir is home to the development of the Bouncing Bomb, as the Lancaster Bombers used this reservoir as a testing facility to perfect their idea. Please do take a walk to the dam wall and all will be revealed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this welcome, it really is our pleasure to welcome you to Great Oakley and we hope that you enjoy visiting us.

With our best wishes,

Alexander de Capell Brooke.

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