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Ten Years of our Philip Richards Building

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Last Friday the school celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Philip Richards Building. This facility, which includes a large library, a Business Education Department and other classrooms and offices, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Philip Richards, a successful investor and an old boy of the school.

The well-known historian, writer and presenter, Tom Holland, formally opened the building on 14 May 2011. The tenth anniversary celebration, although on a smaller scale, was attended by the majority of the school’s pupils – the first time that the school had been able gather en masse for a long time, and as such was a joyous and upbeat affair. 

We were delighted that Mr Richards himself could be with us. Our Headmaster, Richard Biggs, spoke about how the project had come into being, and how integral and valued a part of the academic life of the school the building had become. 

Mr Richards spoke movingly of his own faith and his reasons for wanting to support the project in the first place. 

The School Chaplain, Father Mark Smith, then rededicated the building through the sprinkling of water. 

The wonderful facility is set to continue to provide an academic focus for King’s pupils for many generations to come.


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