About Richian 2020

Richian 2020 is our ambitious fundraising campaign seeking to raise £170,000 to complete the new Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Careers and Outreach Centre and continue with our Sports’ Development Plan.

We need parents, local partners, alumni and businesses to help us achieve our goal – better facilities at Sir Thomas Rich’s mean an even better environment for our current and future pupils, as well as better opportunities for the local community, and will secure Sir Thomas Rich’s development well into the middle of the 21st Century.

Why are we asking for help?

Many assume that as a high-performing selective grammar school Sir Thomas Rich’s receives more funding than other state schools – we don’t. We receive Government funding of almost £1000 less per pupil per year than some other Gloucester secondary schools, and up to £4000 less per pupil than some schools in other parts of the UK. That’s why we need your help. Our students work hard to get here and they deserve to thrive in an outstanding learning environment. The tension generated by inadequate state funding verses the need to provide 21st century facilities can only be resolved by major fundraising initiatives such as Richian 2020.

How can you get involved?

The two phases of the Richian 2020 Campaign are set out below. If you are interested in helping us to achieve our aims in any of these areas, in ways big or small, we would love to talk to you – please contact our Development Director Vicki Lynn on vn@strs.org.uk for an informal discussion in the first instance. You can of course also contribute to our Development Fund at any time online here and, as ever, we are most grateful for any support you can give.

Phase 1: Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Careers and Outreach Centre

Timescale: By Easter 2020

Our goal:
To construct a multi-purpose building providing additional classrooms for our pupils and a state-of-the-art training space for delivering Continuing Professional Development courses to teachers and leaders from across Gloucestershire. The new block will act as a centre for developing business innovation and entrepreneurship further improving careers advice and guidance. It will also be used for expanding our established programme of outreach work with local primary schools. We aim to use this facility to increase our work with local businesses.

Amount we still need to raise: £105,000

What we have achieved so far:
Following a successful Selective School Expansion Fund application, we received £1.5 million in government funding for a new teaching block and building work started in summer 2019.

What we need to do to finish the work:
In January 2020 we are launching a fundraising initiative to meet the £105,000 cost of equipping our new block to the highest specification. This means smart boards, IT equipment, furniture and removable walls that can transform small classrooms in to larger training and conference spaces.

We are seeking support from organisations, businesses, corporate sponsors, community organisations, parents and to achieve our aims. We hope you will want to contribute to this exciting venture, if you can help, contact Development Director Vicki Lynn on vn@strs.org.uk.

Phase 2: Complete Our Sports Development Programme

Timescale: By September 2020

Our goal:
To encourage sport for all and lifelong fitness, to nurture sporting talent at the School and to offer superb sporting facilities which support and inspire both our pupils and the many adults and children in the wider community who train, keep fit and play sport at Sir Thomas Rich’s.

Amount we still need to raise: £67,000

What we have achieved so far:
With investment and support from government, philanthropists, charitable trusts, parents and the wider community, over the last five years we have raised £1.4M which has enabled us to:

  • complete a major refurbishment of the swimming pool (2019)
  • open the new Pavilion building (2015)
  • refurbish the ‘old gym’ (2016)

What we need to do to finish the programme:

We now need to raise a further £67,000 to create a multi-purpose, all-weather playing surface.

The School has no safe, outdoor hard sports surface and the plan is to convert our existing outdoor tennis courts to an all-weather playing surface. This would mean that our Sixth Form Netball teams – who are amongst the top teams in the county – would be able to train and host fixtures; pupils would be able to play other sports such as tennis, hockey and basketball; and the facilities would be available for use by the wider community and generate much-needed rental income for the School.

We are seeking support from professional sports people, sporting and community organisations, businesses, corporate sponsors, parents, alumni and anyone who shares our sporting values to complete this essential work. If you can help, contact Development Director Vicki Lynn on vn@strs.org.uk.