The Richards Library

The Richards Library

As a school, academic life at RHS is of paramount importance, as this year's GCSE and A level results are testament to. Although we live in a digital age where even books can be read via an app, there is more to a library than books alone.


In May 2018, we launched a fundraising appeal to provide our pupils with a larger and more modern library. Thanks to the support of alumni, parents and friends, the appeal surpassed the initial £285,000 target and together we raised over £335,000, meeting pupil and community feedback and increased construction costs.

Award-winning architects Stanley Bragg design innovative, flexible spaces for learning, collaborating, debating and public speaking as well as volunteering and careers' activities. The clever design means the previous library space has increased by a third, adding study rooms and a quiet area for independent study.

The school is thrilled with the new facility and it was exciting not only to see the books being returned to the library last week, but also the reaction of the pupils to this amazing new facility.

First Philanthropic Project

This is our first philanthropically funded capital project and RHS is proud to recognise all those that made this project possible. The library will officially be named the Richards Library, in honour of the Clive and Sylvia Richards' Charity, whose match funding grant launched our fundraising appeal.

Our mission remains to enable pupils to 'navigate their success' and empower them to fulfil their potential. The Richards Library is an example of what we can all do when we work together to improve the quality of our pupils' lives both now and well into the future.

If you want to learn more about our fundraising ambitions – our fundraiser Simon Marsh ( / 01473 326150) would be very happy to explore ideas with you.