RTS Trust

Since 2013, Richmond upon Thames College, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Clarendon School, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children have been working together to create an exciting Education and Enterprise Campus on the existing College site on Egerton Road in Twickenham. Our ambition is to create an outstanding Campus for education, skills and enterprise.

In June 2014, the Department for Education gave conditional approval for The Richmond upon Thames School Trust to establish a new secondary school, The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) as part of this Campus.

The subscribing members of The Richmond upon Thames School Trust (the Academy Trust behind RTS) are Achieving for Children, Harlequins, Haymarket, Richmond Council and Richmond upon Thames College.

Achieving for Children (AfC)

Achieving for Children is a social enterprise company created by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to provide their children's services. As a social enterprise AfC is able to provide bespoke children’s social care and education support services to other local authorities, schools and partners in the education, health, social care and criminal justice sectors.

What Achieving for Children will bring to RTS:

  • Expertise in curriculum design, staffing, recruitment and school leadership.
  • Integration into the strong collaborative partnership that exists within the local family of schools.
  • Support for school improvement through its very successful local alliance of schools – SPARK.
  • Support and challenge to constantly keep provision under review and improving.
  • Support for the school in all that it does for young people.


For more information about AfC, go to: www.achievingforchildren.org.uk


The Club has been in the borough for over 100 years with its original ground on the site that is now Twickenham Stadium. Since 1963, the Club has been based at the Twickenham Stoop stadium. Harlequins is one of the founding members of the RFU and boasts more presidents than any other club, as well as a healthy dose of international players. The Club recently supplied six England players for the wider 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.


In January 2015, Harlequins launched the Harlequins Foundation to bring together the considerable charitable activity delivered by Harlequin FC and to better harness the power of the players, the Club and its supporters. The Foundation’s aims are simple – to give the next generation a better chance in life – particularly disabled or disadvantaged children.

The range of activity is extensive, from work in the local community to inner-city hostels, from London hospital wards to playing fields and classrooms in the Third World. Harlequins rugby, its values, the players and staff are central to delivering this and in turn gain considerable personal benefit from the experience.

What Harlequins will bring to RTS:

  • Help create a best in class sporting programme for all age groups and levels across a range of sports to encourage participation and healthy living.
  • Access to elite professional athletes and the experts from their industries including health and nutrition, strength and conditioning, leadership and management.
  • Access to Harlequins’ facilities – for example restaurant-standard kitchens and first-class sporting facilities.
  • Curriculum support.
  • Work experience.
  • Workshops delivered to students on leadership, management and several areas of professional sport.
  • Invitations for student groups to work on projects which Harlequins are undertaking, for example being a part of tendering processes or designing marketing collateral for supporters and the general public.


 For more information about Harlequins, go to: www.quins.co.uk


Haymarket Media Group is a global media and information company, based in Richmond upon Thames borough, managing over 70 multi-platform brands including FourFourTwo, Stuff, Clothes Show Live, WhatCar?, Campaign, PRWeek and Third Sector.

Haymarket has a strong track-record of working with schools, colleges and universities locally and nationally and recently launched the ‘Haymarket Skills Academy’, an initiative that aims to develop the next generation of media talent.

The introduction of the Haymarket ‘tech hub’ on the Campus site will enable students to access industry standard technology and work with established professionals who will be on hand to provide ‘master classes’ and help shape curriculum content. The Haymarket ‘tech hub’ will comprise state of the art facilities to help ensure that the next generation of talent is equipped with the relevant skills they need to thrive within the industry.

What Haymarket will bring to RTS:

  • Media days – Providing lectures, seminars and access to some of Haymarket’s facilities.
  • Career support presentations and workshops – Offering students in years 10 and 11 advice on their careers, CV preparation, interviews, etc.
  • Work experience – Around ten placements offered per year.
  • Use of facilities – Use of Haymarket’s facilities on a basis to be determined.
  • Qualifications – Explore linking Haymarket’s offering with various vocational qualifications.
  • Sparkle – Exploring opportunities that can be brought about by Haymarket’s work with high profile figures and organisations.

For more information about Haymarket Media Group, go to: www.haymarket.com


London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

It has long since been an ambition for Richmond Council to create a new secondary school in the borough. The Local Authority’s projections make clear that there will be sufficient need for an additional secondary school in the Twickenham area by 2017.

This is a result of the number of additional primary school places that have been created in the Twickenham and Whitton areas. In addition, places will be required to meet anticipated demand caused by high birth rates and large numbers of families moving to the area. One of the reasons for this is the consistently excellent primary schools and the three housing developments at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham Station and the former Royal Mail sorting office site.

In addition, the Campus will also help realise another ambition to provide new, purpose built buildings for pupils with learning difficulties and additional complex needs.

What Richmond Council will bring to RTS:

  • Project management support, expertise and resources to progress the project through pre-opening and ensure the successful delivery of the school.
  • Governance advice and support as the school develops its governance arrangements.
  • Expertise and resources to facilitate communications and engagement with students, parents, local residents and other key stakeholders.
  • Support the school’s work with local stakeholders and broker opportunities to work with partners.

Richmond upon Thames College

Richmond upon Thames College is a college of General Further and Higher Education providing education and training to 16-18 year olds and adults from across Richmond, London, Surrey and Berkshire.  As one of London’s top colleges* our purpose is to drive aspiration, ambition and achievement to help all learners achieve their goals and we work closely with employers to provide learners with opportunities that enhance their careers and life chances with inspired provision and a commitment to our community values of mutual respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability.

We are dedicated to treating each learner as an individual and to help everyone who joins our vibrant student community fulfil their potential and achieve their aspirations.  We offer a wide range of academic and technical vocational qualifications (entry level through to level 6) including a wide range of A Levels, higher education courses and apprenticeships. Around 3,000 students and employers choose to come to the College because we offer a friendly and supportive environment plus we get some of the best results in London.

What Richmond upon Thames College will bring to RTS:

  • Provide a wide range of academic and technical pathways not usually accessible to schools or sixth forms.
  • Provide access to higher learning skills coupled with employability and enterprise development.
  • Access to a large professional teaching and support staff team.
  • Expertise and a culture of working with state of the art, specialist facilities created to reflect real working, commercial and industrial environments.

*www.education.gov.uk – KS5 courses Jan 2015

For more information about Richmond upon Thames College, go to: www.rutc.ac.uk