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We are delighted to announce that we have received a transformational £100,000 donation from the Tod family to support our Bright Minds Bright Futures campaign.

This incredibly generous gift from the Tod family brings us one step closer to achieving our most ambitious capital to date, to create an outstanding Learning Resource Centre for our students. Blue Coat students are the leaders of the future and we recognise that they need the space to collaborate, to inspire creative and entrepreneurial thinking, and to develop their leadership skills.

Our new £1.2 million LRC will inspire Blue Coat students to think bigger and better, be it through discovery reading or collaborative learning opportunities. The LRC will provide a space to promote individuality, unconventional thinking and creative problem solving, providing students with the resources and twenty-first century environment needed to inspire them to achieve and thrive.

The Tod Family’s longstanding connection to The Blue Coat School dates back to 1955 when Sir Alan Tod held the position of Honorary Treasurer for 18 years. This prestigious role was also held by his nephew Ian Tod, from 1976 to 1991. During his time as Honorary Treasurer Ian played a decisive role in saving The Blue Coat School from closure during the 1990s. 

The Sir Alan Tod Travel Scholarship is a further illustration of the family’s ongoing engagement with Blue Coat. Introduced during the 1970s by Ian Tod, the scheme has become an integral part of Blue Coat School life. Thanks to the programme hundreds of Blue Coat Sixth Form students have enjoyed educational visits to countries such as Iceland, Greece, India, France and Nigeria.

The Blue Coat School would once again like to thank the Tod family for their tremendous gift.


Our students have created a bold and ambitious vision for a new LRC, and with your help, we can make their vision a reality. We have already raised £300,000, but we need the help of the entire Blue Coat School community – Old Blues, parents, staff, students and friends old and new – as well as charitable trusts and corporate partners, to raise the remaining £900,000.

If you would like to get involved and support our Bright Minds Bright Futures please click here or contact the Development Team at development-team@bluecoatschool.org.uk.

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