Rooftop Pitch

Taking Sport to the Next Level

A school in Cambridge is developing a ground-breaking sports area on the roof of one of its buildings – thanks to £10m of funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial.

The Stephen Perse Foundation, a group of six schools in Cambridge and Saffron Walden for pupils aged 3 to 18, has commenced work on a new five-storey building, which will feature the first rooftop multi-use games area in the region.

Community Benefits

It is hoped the development – which also includes 10 new teaching rooms and a sports hall – will benefit the Foundation’s 1,100 students, and the wider community, for generations to come.

The Foundation is developing an inclusive community strategy so children from across the city and surrounding areas can take advantage of the new facilities.

The new building will open up exciting opportunities for the Foundation. We’re committed to inspiring all of our students and are proud to introduce these new facilities as we enter a new chapter in the Foundation’s history.

Jenny Neild, Bursar, The Stephen Perse Foundation

Leading Educational Organisation

The Stephen Perse Foundation is one of the country’s leading educational organisations, well known not only for its students’ high academic achievement, but also for its ability to develop strength of character and a sense of social responsibility to all its pupils. 

With an ever changing educational landscape it’s important to ensure both academic and creative subjects are frequently invested in to be able to inspire the next generation of athletes, artists and scientists. Lloyds Bank looks forward to continuing to work with the Foundation as it grows and introduces new facilities that create opportunities for the local community as well as its student body.

The renovation works will be completed by August 2017 as the secondary school, which has exclusively taught girls since 1881, welcomes boys for the first time in September 2017.

Shared Facilities

The new facilities will enable the Foundation to work even more closely with the local community and they are exploring ways they can be used to inspire local children across subjects such as science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, as well as sports and the creative and performing arts.

Shared Facilities

Helping Communities Prosper

Communities across Britain are facing significant challenges. We’re helping to address them through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan. We believe no other bank is better placed to do this. We already serve approximately 25 million customers and 1 million small businesses but we want to be more than a bank. We want to go beyond business as usual and help address systemic social and economic challenges such as Britain’s housing shortage, the skills gap in key industries, social mobility and social disadvantage.

In 2016 we continued our support for communities by:

- Giving our four independent charitable Foundations £18.5m to tackle disadvantage.

- Completing more than 260,000 hours of colleague volunteering.  Skills-based volunteering, now accounts for 35% of the total time contributed by colleagues to support local organisations.

- Raising £6.1 million for our Charity of the Year, BBC Children in Need.

- Supporting credit unions across the country with our colleagues' expertise.

- Signing up 23,000 colleagues as Digital Champions to support people and organisations in their local communities – exceeding our original target to create 20,000 by 2017.