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Monday, 04 July 2011
Gill Richards, Headmistress of the Girls' Division for the past
six years and a teacher for the past thirty eight, retired at the
end of the Summer Term. She took with her the very best of
wishes and lots of gifts and cards from fellow teachers at the end
of year staff tea party.
In her speech recapping her career, Mrs Richards told of her
initial intention to go into primary school teaching but gave this
idea up after only a matter of days as she struggled with
"exploding noses" and the infants' unpredictability. Her
first job was at Telford Town, a tough boys' secondary modern and
this was followed by a seventeen year period at a large
comprehensive, Queen's Park School in Chester. She moved on
to become a Senior Teacher at Rhyl High for four years, where she
performed her most creative teaching as the school was in special
measures with only 18% of pupils getting A*-C grades. Her
next move was to the Belvedere School in Liverpool, where she
quickly progressed from Deputy-Head to Head. During a 360
degree review she was advised, for her career, to take a second
headship. For Gill, who wanted to stay in the North, there
was only one place she wanted to move to and when Miss Panton
retired in 2005, she applied for the Headship at Bolton
School. Her only hesitation had been around having to share
the running of the Foundation with the Head of the Boys'
Division. However, having taken the position, and having
immensely enjoyed working with the former Head Mr Mervyn Brooker
and the current one Mr Philip Britton, she realises these worries
were unfounded. In her presentation, she praised her Senior
Management Team and teaching staff at Bolton School, saying they
were the most able she had ever worked with. What she found
particularly cheering was that there were no cynics amongst them,
which is unusual in a teaching staff room!
Summing up her experience of Bolton School, Mrs Richards said:
"It is the people I will miss. I do find people endlessly
fascinating. I will miss the friendliness of the Bolton
people too. People speak to you here. This is a hard
place to leave."
Mrs Richards will spend some time in France over the summer and
will then go fishing in Scotland during August. Early next
year she plans to undertake a trip to Antarctica.
The new Headmistress of the Girls' Division from September 2011
will be Miss Sue Hincks who leaves her post as Senior Deputy Head
of The King's School, Worcester to join Bolton School. Miss
Hincks obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Modern History and
Modern Languages, from Magdalen College, Oxford.
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