As The Blue Coat School prepares to welcome thirty more students into the School community, a special celebration was held on Thursday 8th June, to officially unveil the latest addition to the School House system. Named in recognition of the longstanding contribution of the Tod family, Tod House will sit alongside Blundell, Bingham, Graham, Shirley and Styth, from September.

Attended by members of the Tod family, the event provided the School with an opportunity to not only thank the family but also to illustrate their impact. Sir Alan Tod, Honorary Treasurer from 1955 to 1968 and his nephew Ian Tod, who also held the position from 1976 to 1991, were portrayed in archive material as extremely well liked and respected men. In 1967 former Headteacher Mr Watcyn remarked on Sir Alan’s “outstanding leadership and distinction”. Ian Tod’s contribution was captured by former Headteacher Mr Peter Arnold-Craft who stated, “the Blue Coat community owes Ian a great debt of gratitude for his financial acumen and overall for his highly successful control of Blue Coat finances”.

The contribution of the Tod family continues to this day through the Sir Alan Tod Travel Scholarship scheme. Introduced during the 1970s by Ian Tod, the scheme has become an integral part of Blue Coat School life. Thanks to the scheme hundreds of Blue Coat Sixth Form students have enjoyed educational visits to countries such as Iceland, Greece, India, France and Nigeria.

Following a tour of the School and an insight into current Blue Coat news and events, members of the family including, Ian Tod’s widow, Diane and children Caroline and James were each presented with the new Tod House tie.

The Blue Coat School would once again like to thank the Tod family for their longstanding connection and ongoing support of students in the School.

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