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Gill Richards

Mrs Gill Richards BA Hons, M.Ed. Hon.Ed.D

BA Hons, M.Ed. Hon.Ed.D

An Old Girl of Loughborough High School Gill Richards has a 2.1 Honours degree in History from the University of Wales, a Masters degree in Education and an Honorary Doctorate, "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education". Having spent the first twenty five years of her career working in the State Sector in boys', mixed and girls' schools Gill moved as Deputy and then Head of The Belvedere School GDST in Liverpool. This school became the first Open Access school in the country, supported by the GDST and the Sutton Trust. Girls were tested using American style SAT tests to identify potential. Places were offered strictly in merit order and means tested support from the two charities paid the fees where required. A second Headship followed at Bolton School where Gill was responsible for the Nursery, Infant School, Junior and Senior girls, some 1350 pupils.

Gill is married with two children and is a busy grandmother as her son-in-law and granddaughter live in America. She enjoys fly fishing, reading, cooking and following Eventing, a sport in which her daughter competed at a high level before her death in a riding accident five years ago. Her son, his wife and grandson live nearby in Conwy, North Wales.