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Date: 17/05/2017

On Tuesday evening members of the School community gathered to mark the launch of The RGSW and AOS Foundation. The Foundation is a new charity that has been established with the sole purpose of raising funds to further the education of pupils at the School.

The aim of the Foundation is to secure voluntary donations to extend bursary provision as well as assisting the School with future Capital projects that will enhance the education facilities available to pupils. The charity will build on the work already undertaken by the Development Office, which has become the Foundation Office. 

Foundation Trustees, School Governors and AOOE Committee members were joined in Perrins Hall by members of the three RGS Worcester Schools, comprising pupils, parents from the three PTA committees and staff. The Headmaster welcomed the guests and introduced the new Chairman of the Foundation, Andrew Greenway, who addressed the gathering to explain that the Foundation is a long-term strategic investment by the Board to help secure the future of the Schools.

Andrew acknowledged the superb support in recent years from more than 300 parents, staff members and alumni, whose generosity has secured more than £700,000 through donations, gift aid, legacy gifts and income earned by the Bursary Funds. He was also able to report that considerably more has been pledged in legacy gifts.

While emphasising that gifts of all scales have contributed collectively to this support for the pupils and the School, Andrew thanked former RGSW Second Master, A R Wheeler (1950-87), for his substantial legacy gift that initiated the Bursary Fund bearing his name, and to Fasha Mahjoor (1967-72) whose vision and support enabled the Board to establish the Development Office in September 2012.

The evening was completed with a toast to the Foundation’s future success and by the signing of a symbolic Charter to mark this important moment in the School’s history. A copy of the Charter will be displayed in each of the three RGS Worcester Schools.

Scott MacDonald

Foundation Director