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1675 Society Tea


It was wonderful to see members of the 1675 Society back at RGS on Tuesday. We were delighted to welcome new members and those considering joining (following the re-launch of our legacy campaign and new Changing Lives film in October 2018). Those present are all strong supporters of the school and the Changing Lives campaign. They have the RGS experience in common, as well as the incredible generosity of support through a gift in their wills.

Our special guests enjoyed a welcome coffee with the Head boy and girl – on their first day of their new leadership position – they were able to impart a few words of advice to help them in their new roles. The Headmaster gave an update of news from the school and answered some questions covering a range of topics, from entrance exams to the new RGS International schools.

The lovely warm weather allowed for a leisurely tour around some of RGS, including the Harrison Centre and Old Library where guests were delighted to seek out their sponsored chair.

Seats of Learning, Theatre-style, Old Library

The group were thrilled to see the new facilities and the CCF cadets training in action in the playground. Following this, guests enjoyed afternoon tea in the new Studio Café with Sean Davey, Head of Foundation. Sean shared some highlights of the strategy of the Foundation, the ambitions for the Changing Lives campaign, an update on the re-launch of the legacy campaign – re-showing the fantastically well received short film – and an exclusive look at the artist impressions and progress of the new RGS Nanjing site.

We are thrilled to be able to invite our 1675 Society members back every year to catch up with all the news of RGS today, as well as looking back to how RGS was in their time.

The generous people that leave us a gift in their will believe in giving young people who have talent, hope and potential the opportunity of a first class RGS education, as they have often had the privilege and good fortune to benefit from themselves.

“I was very privileged to receive a wonderful education at RGS. At every turn in my life, I have felt so incredibly fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education. I hope that one day, a child somewhere, perhaps from an impecunious family as I was, may as a result of my and others’ legacies be enabled to benefit from all that an RGS education has to offer.”

David Tree (RGS 1959-66)


Please join us at one of our events and meet the inspiring people behind our work – from like-minded supporters to our dedicated staff or even one of the brilliant scholars who remind us why the Changing Lives campaign is so important. You can find out more about legacy giving here, or contact our friendly team for a confidential, informal chat.

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