SHIVER me timbers but pupils at a Cotswolds school are embarking on a major fundraising campaign in memory of their popular former head teacher.

The South Cerney community was devastated in January at the sudden death of Stephen Richardson, head teacher of Ann Edwards .

For many years Mr Richardson had held a burning ambition to have a giant pirate ship climbing frame built in the school playground.

Now pupils are aiming to raise £10,000 to help the dream set sail.

Their first fundraising event is on Friday, April 4, with a pirate-themed workshop at the Cotswold Forest School near South Cerney.

Emily Chapman, acting headteacher of Ann Edwards, said: “Stephen was adored by the pupils and parents, both past and present, as well as being well respected by all who worked with him.

“He always wanted to have a large pirate ship climbing frame for pupils to enjoy, so with the help of the school and local community we hope to make his wish come true.

“We feel this will be a fitting tribute to this fun-loving head teacher, who may be gone, but will never be forgotten.”

John-Charles Kimberley (aka Jono) who manages the Cotswold Forest School, said the organisation was pleased to be involved.

“Stephen was a fantastic head teacher – very supportive and the children loved him,” he said.

“We heard about the idea and thought it was a fantastic idea for the whole school.”

Mr Richardson was renowned for his hard work and forging links between the school and the community.

The school has set up the Mr Richardson Memorial Fund to raise cash for the project and hopes to hit its target by June.

To get involved or to make a donation call 07764 198696 or email