St Peter’s School Boat Club is one of the oldest School Boat Clubs in the world. Founded in 1851, taking advantage of the School’s move to a site on the banks of the River Ouse, it has thrived ever since.
Rowing has generated one of the highest tallies of internationalists for any sport at St Peter’s and our success at regional and national level puts us amongst the greatest rowing schools in the country. Originally built in 1956 to cater for just 30 rowers, our Boathouse is now far too small to cater for the 200 pupils who take to the water each year.
Regular floods have also taken their toll on the structure of the Boathouse. It has reached the end of its useful life, and must be replaced in order to ensure our pupils and staff have the facilities that they need and deserve.
The Boathouse is part of a planned 10-year programme of investment in our campus and facilities. Your support is helping us to revitalise our campus.
Sponsor A Brick
Our appeal to Sponsor a Brick has now closed, thank you to everyone who has supported us. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress with the new Boathouse, which has already started to take shape.
We will be able to spend less time moving the boats and more time in the water banging out the miles! It will be a huge morale boost, and will make us all proud to be Peterite rowers.
Fourth Form Rowers George, Harrison and Percy
The boathouse project will consist of different phases: the first and most important is the replacement of the Lower Boathouse.
Sitting a short distance from the perimeter, the Lower Boathouse is a robust, practical structure. Designed to be floodable, and to provide easy access for the safe removal of boats and equipment at times of rising water levels, it provides accessible storage for boats and launches, together with basic toilet facilities. At 496 square metres, it will provide much-needed space. Access to the river is via a gradually sloping platform on the School’s own land, enabling pupils to manoeuvre boats safely before they cross the public footpath to the launch steps.
Work started on the Boathouse in the Easter holidays and completion is expected for October half-term . We look forward to keeping you updated as work continues and the project develops.