The Richian is the school's official magazine which is generally published at least once a year. It summarises the events and happenings, endeavours and successes of school life, both inside and outside the classroom, frequently interspersed with examples of student work - poems, prose, graphics, artwork, etc. The Richian magazine often includes contributions from the Old Richians Association and Richian Alumni, providing interesting detail about those who have left school, with news of who's doing what and where.

While contributions come from all members of the school community, students and staff alike, final editorial responsibilities usually fall to an interested or appointed member of staff, although at times it has been due solely to the efforts of a committee of senior pupils that have defined the layout and content of a particular edition. In fact up until the late 1980s the process of putting together the annual edition of The Richian belonged very much to a small but talented team of student editors from the upper school with the Staff Editor only gently guiding or prompting as fit.

Over the years the school magazine has seen many changes since its first issue as 'The Plutonian' back in 1909 - Pluto was the Ancient Greek god of 'Rich(e)s' - with its style and format benefitting from the technical advances of the printing industry since its first publication.

At the turn of the millennium (2000), advances in technology enabled more of the editorial and compositional processes in creating a full colour publication to be carried out "in-house" on a personal computer running industry standard graphics design software, to the extent that the editor at this time was himself able to produce the fully completed editions in electronic format ready for the printing company to commence its production runs. Thus prior to 2000 The Richian magazines in this archive are the retrospectively scanned images of the original paper copy, whereas from 2000 onwards they are the electronic masters presented in pdf format.

A good dozen years into the new millenium it became clear that a professional publication required not only top quality professional printing services but also, and more importantly, the appointment of a non-teaching specialist with editorial responsibilities for producing The Richian to deadline. A review of content and focus was also undertaken, as the magazine had to bridge the school website's quite static "corporate" information and the rapidity of news posting associated with its social media feeds. It took a few years for this to be comfortably established within the working life of the school.

Original printed copies of practically all of The Richian and The Plutonian issues are held in the School Archive, which is housed in the Learning Resource & Sixth Form Centre, and may be viewed by appointment.

We hope you enjoy browsing these online versions and discovering the Rich's of yester-year.

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 The Richian - 2018 onwards

Editor & Production: Sara Vielvoye

With Linda Herron's departure the newly appointed Marketing, Communications & Events Manager Sara Vielvoye took on board the responsibility for the production of The Richian, adopting a focus in content to complement and bridge the freshly redesigned school website and the school's social media feeds.

The first few Richians published under Sara's Editorship are available below. From 2020 onwards The Richian can be found on the main school website under the Parents Section, School Magazines.

Richian
July 2019

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Richian
February 2019

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Richian
July 2018

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Richian
March 2018

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 The Richian - 2014 to 2017

Production: Linda Herron
Editorial Assistance: Rachel Sargeant

December 2014 saw the launch of the 'new' school magazine, which combined the Newsletter and The Richian, with an intended publication rate of one edition every term. However, limited resources and staffing only saw five issues hit the presses during this period. In addition, the new social media presence of Sir Thomas Rich's on Facebook and Twitter prompted the questioning of the future of a 'traditional' school magazine.

Richian
January 2017

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Richian
December 2015

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Richian
July 2015

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Richian
March 2015

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Richian
December 2014

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 Sir Thomas Rich's Newsletters - 2011 to 2014

Editor & Production: Linda Herron

By the end of 2010 the termly school Newsletter, had grown in quality and content, continuing to be produced for distribution to boys and parents, as regularly as every half term during the academic year 2012 to 2013. It was even considered at this point that the Newsletter, now being printed externally by a professional printing company, could be a fitting replacement for The Richian magazine. Here below are the 9 editions of the Newsletter that were published during this time.

Newsletter
July 2014

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Newsletter
November 2013

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Newsletter
July 2013

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Newsletter
May 2013

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Newsletter
March 2013

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Newsletter
February 2013

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Newsletter
December 2012

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Newsletter
October 2012

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Newsletter
September 2011

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 The Richian - 2010 to 2013

Editor: Mike Seales
Production: Linda Herron

After an interval of 4 years without publication, The Richian eventually returned thanks to the persistance of Deputy Head Mike Seales and his cohort of Sixth Form volunteers, ably assisted by Linda Herron in the Administration Office, whose skills with the publishing software converted piles of student gathered copy into polished and professional-looking publications, ready for Severn Print to do their stuff. Flicking through these 3 superbly produced 'glossy magazine' publications reveals how much material was increasingly being duplicated from the professional looking half-termly newsletters, prompting questions over the future viability of The Richian.

Richian
2012-2013

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Richian
2011-2012

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Richian
2010-2011

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The interim period 2007 to 2010 of Richian absence was partially filled by the termly in-house produced newsletter being promoted to a multipage colour leaflet (including photographs), which also helped develop the DTP skills and confidence in the Administration team in preparation for work on the more complete Richian publication.

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 The Richian 2007

Editorial Team: The students themselves
Staff Editor: Simon Pickard
Production: Julie Austin

This lovely one-off production not only returned to the larger format A4 page but also saw the return to a student editorial team being responsible for the compilation of the magazine. Its delayed publication only served however to highlight those issues already discovered by Pauline Smith in the late Eighties - that meeting strict deadlines with scant dedicated resources was nigh on impossible in the increasingly busy and academically success-focused environmentment of the school. (Especially when the editorial team have important examination periods to complete, leaving straight afterwards for pastures new at a key moment in the magazine's path towards publication!)

Richian 2007

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 The Richian - 2000 to 2006

Editor & Production: Phil Brown
Printed by: Jonah Graphics  &  Severnprint Ltd

Building on the good results of his predecessor Peter Lloyd, who held the editorial reins during the nineties, Phil brought his skills with industry standard graphics design and publishing software and procedures to the The Richian, turning the traditional, and mainly monotone, 'school magazine' formula into professional publications which were colourful and informative summaries celebrating the annual cycle of life at Rich's.

Richian 2006

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Cover artwork:
Ciarán Conway

Richian 2005

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Cover artwork:
Tim Wardle

Richian 2004

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Cover artwork:
Kev Ellis
Photographer:
Ruth Hill
Reporter:
Reema Bhatt

Richian 2003

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Cover artwork:
Alex Phillips

Richian 2002

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Cover artwork:
Phil Brown

Richian 2001

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Cover artwork:
Rachael Brown

Richian 2000

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Cover artwork:
Luke Trigg

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 The Richian - 1992 to 1999

Editor: Peter Lloyd
Designed by: Anne & Peter Lloyd
Printed by: AM.PM Printing (Former Pupil Andrew Bartlett)

With a change in format to a more budget-friendly A5 page size, The Richian began to benefit from the new desktop computer technology that was becoming more readily accessible in schools and at home. With his good lady wife helping with the design and (onerous!) proof-reading tasks, Peter was able to make use of its word processing and desk top publishing software to define style and layout of magazine articles prior to print-setting, with the electronic transfer of text and images dramatically shortening the liaison stage with the print company. At the expense of the student editorial committee, Peter could exercise more direct control over the assimilation and collation of articles and as a result The Richian quickly developed its own uniformity of style, layout and content. Although the unique artwork that often characterised earlier hand-scripted editions of the magazine was all but absent, the uniformity of the typesetting, sprinkled with a liberal amount of the newly available (and cheeky) 'clipart', in many ways more than compensated for it. Most photo images remained monotone but their reproduction quality in printing was generally greatly improved. The increasing availability of digital photographs towards the Millennium also added value to the process as well as the end product. Under Peter's editorship The Richian was packed with informative and celebratory articles from all areas of the school's life and community - a particular nicety were his articles looking back at the life and times of Sir Thomas Rich's through the Decades.

Richian 1999

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Richian 1998

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Richian 1997

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Cover artwork:
Craig Stevens

Richian 1996

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Cover artwork:
Margaret Price (1882)

Richian 1995

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Cover artwork:
James Smith

Richian 1994

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Cover artwork:
Mark Dempsey

Richian 1993

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Cover artwork:
Mark Dempsey

Richian 1992

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 The Richian - 1986 to 1991

Staff Editor: Pauline Smith

During this period The Richian took on a more professional gloss. Although the 32 page A4 size format was maintained (except the 1987 edition which came in with a non-standard size), the matt paper gave way to glossy (perhaps indicative of a different printing method and which enabled better reproduction of an increasing number of black-and-white photographs), some new 'features' such as the Short Story Competition were inaugurated (which promoted greater interest and involvement from students) and the role (staff) editorial advisor became 'Staff Editor', with Pauline Smith taking a more hands-on involvement in the final make-up of the magazine, which perhaps started the decline of the Student Editorial team as the main driving force and desicion making body behind the magazine's design concept and content. The advent of the school's first computer suite also saw the involvement of many pupils word processing articles and reports.

Richian 1991

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Richian 1990

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Richian 1989

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Contributors:
N Easen, P Skelton, R Milton
S Pettitt, I Roberts

Richian 1988

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Editors:
Sukhdev Sandhu, Simon Pettitt
David Dempsey, Harvey Pegler
Art Editor:
Paul Kidley

Richian 1987

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Editors:
M T Eva, D J Mills, P D Mills
M G Ramsell, L J Sparey, J P Tawn
A J Tidmarsh, A R Trigg
Art Editor:
A Mann

Richian 1986

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Editors:
James Methven, Nigel May, Ian Poole
Duncan Jennings, James Foster
Art Editors:
Simon Moss, Nigel Clifton

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 The Richian - 1977 to 1985

Staff Editorial Advisor: George Haynes

These editions of The Richian fall well into the category of '... devised, designed, created and compiled by ...' (mainly) 6th form students. The highlight of each edition is the fantastic and sublime artwork - unique line art, freehand drawings and sketches (of a very high quality) complementing nearly every page. It is very difficult to make comparison with the much later colourful photo-packed editions but in many respects these Richians display a far greater and more natural creativity. Each year English teacher George Haynes would gather a small but dedicated editorial team to produce the annual edition of the school magazine, limited only by a few parameters such as the affordable practicality of the final printing & publication process. The end results definitely belong to the students although as one editor did write: ''Mr. Haynes does think up new and original ways of presenting this magazine long before anyone else becomes involved. This does not mean, however, that our creativity is denied. He carefully manipulates us so that he's always right!''

Richian 1985

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Editors:
Ian Poole, James Methven
Nigel May, Andrew Methven
Art Editor:
Robert Portwood

Richian 1984

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Editor:
Andrew Knight
Assistant Editor:
Stuart Brazington
Art Editor:
Richard Bowers

Richian 1983

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Editor:
George Morgan
Art Editor:
Richard Bowers

Richian 1982

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Editor:
Simon Calver
Assistant Editor:
Richard Harris
Art Editor:
Richard Bowers

Richian 1981

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Editor:
Simon Calver
Assistant Editor:
Richard Harris
Art Editor:
Richard Bowers

Richian 1980

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Editor:
Gary Bridge
Art Editor:
Edward Duckworth

Richian 1979

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Editor:
Robert Dalton
Assistant Editor:
Gary Bridge
Art Editor:
Tim Sergeant
Photographer:
Ken Jacques

Richian 1978

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Editor:
Roger Yeomans
Assistant Editor:
David Green
Art Editor:
Guy Comely
Editorial Assistants:
Stephen Riddick, David Cassell

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 The Richian - 1970 to 1976

Staff Editorial Advisor: Donald Moss

With the Editorial quoting "...for reasons of economy ..." these editions from 1970 onwards became annual publications rather than the hitherto bi-annual offerings.

Richian 1977

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Editor:
Peter Jones
Assistant Editor:
Roger Yeomans
Art Editor:
Hugh Watson
Editorial Assistants:
Guy Comely, Nicholas Harris
Christopher Dee

Richian 1976

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Editor:
Gareth Cox
Assistant Editor:
Hugh Watson
Art Editor:
David Lewis
Assistant Art Editor:
Stephen Davies
Photographer:
Stuart Douglas

Richian 1975

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Editor:
Michael Partridge
Assistant Editors:
Gareth Cox, Stephen Davies
Art Editor:
Robert Jones
Assistant Art Editor:
Mark Alington
Photographer:
Stuart Douglas

Richian 1974

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Editor:
D E Lowe
Committee:
R W Correia, A Dalton
M J Partridge
Photographer:
A G Ford

Richian 1973

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Co-Editors:
K F Harris & J R Base
Art Editor:
D E Lowe
Photographer:
A G Ford

Richian 1972

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Editor:
 
Committee:
 

Richian 1971

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Committee:
J M Smith, A H Davies
M Guest, J D Reeves

Richian 1970

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Committee:
 
 

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  The Richian - 1969 & earlier

Richian
July 1969

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Editor:
J M Smith
Advertising Manager:
R A Pearce
Art Editor:
G L Ball

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  The Plutonian

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