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Richmond Hill School


At Richmond Hill we grow independence, build communication and believe you can achieve your personal goals.

Meet our Deputy Headteachers

Rachel Marsh & Hannah Cameron

Let them tell you all about East & West

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Adele Ward

Business Manager

My name is Adele Ward; I started working for Richmond Hill in 2007 employed as a Finance Assistant. When I started working at the school there were 79 pupils on our role all at our Sunridge Avenue site. I have seen the school expand and grow significantly over the past 14 years and am proud to have been involved.


My current role is Business Manager and my main duties are looking after the schools budget and health and safety. I work across both sites supported by our site team and finance assistant and administration team.


In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, socialising, weekends away and long country walks.

Gill Thornton

Office manager

My name is Gill Thornton; I joined Richmond Hill in 1999 as a receptionist when my children were young. I applied to the advertisement that stated “Richmond Hill is in a period of change”. I can honestly say that I have seen a lot of change!


My current role is Office Manager and you will see me over both sites, a lot of my time is spent managing the recruitment and HR for all our staff. I have a great team to help me.


In my own time I enjoy travel, keep fit and socialising with my family and friends and especially having fun with my 2 small grandsons.

Emma Gildersleve

Assistant Headteacher

I am Emma Gildersleve, I am an Assistant Head here at Richmond Hill School supporting the Shoots Pathway. I started Richmond Hill thirteen years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher and have been fortunate to develop my own career as the school has grown over the years. I have seen lots of positive changes to the school both structurally (the school building itself) and internally (staffing, the curriculum, amount of pupils).


My passion has always been behaviour management and this forms part of my role today. I am currently the Lead Teacher for PSHE, RSE and Physical and Sensory curriculum. I am very proud to be part of Richmond Hill School.


Jenny Cottam

Assistant Headteacher

My name is Jenny, I have been a teacher for 16 years and have experience of working in both mainstream and Special Needs schools. I am excited to be part of the new developments that are taking place across Richmond Hill.  In my role as Assistant Headteacher, I oversee our Leaves Pathway and whole school assessment. I have a passion for teaching science and outdoor based learning.  Outside of school I like to spend time with my family, gardening, travelling and 'try' to keep fit.


It is a privilege to work at Richmond Hill and I have been with the school for over 10 years. We have fantastic children, a great staff team and a supportive wider school community including parents and governors. This allows our children to access a wide range of experiences, to develop and build their social and academic skills.

Sarah Quinn

Assistant Headteacher

Hello, I’m Sarah, one of the Assistant Headteachers at Richmond Hill. I have been here for 9 years. I have worked in mainstream schools prior to coming here and volunteered in other special schools.


I first became interested in SEN education when my son was born with extremely complex needs and I started to explore what would be ‘out there’ to support him.  Sadly Thomas is no longer alive, yet I thank him for setting me off on a pathway which is to dedicate my career to try and make a difference to children who may have different or difficult circumstances.


In school, I oversee the ‘Roots Pathway’ and whole school support with communication. I am predominantly based at our East site, although I did spend the first 5 years of my time here at West before moving to East. I am in the fortunate position that I have taught in every age group in our school. When Covid restrictions ease a little I aim to move more across both sites.


Outside of school, I have been married for 19 years and have two teenage children Holly and Frank, most of my time is spent with my family, going for long walks (10 miles every Sunday is a great way to clear the brain ready for the week ahead) When allowed, I like to explore new places, drinking tea and eating cake with my friends. I can also tap dance! 

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