Richard Hill

Church of England Primary School

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Ms Sharon Deackes - Chair of Governors

I became a Foundation Governor at Richard Hill in November 2017 and Chair of Governors in October 2020. I have two grandchildren who attend Richard Hill; I have always enjoyed my visits to the school as their Nanny and welcome the chance to be on the governing body of such a lovely school.

I retired in August 2016 after teaching in Primary Schools in Leicestershire for 38 years; a career I loved. During that time I taught in five very different schools; I was headteacher of a village school for 4 years and a town school for 8 years. I have always believed that children should be given as many opportunities as possible in order to fulfil their potential. Primary school should be the place where strong foundations are laid and memories are made. I hope, with my experience, I can make a valuable contribution to the education of the children at Richard Hill now and in the future.


Mr Oli Whittaker - Vice Chair (Parent Governor)

I’ve been a Parent Governor since March 2018 and am currently Vice Chair of the Governors. I became a Parent Governor to share my knowledge and experience with the school’s leadership and wider staff and be a ‘voice’ for parents in supporting our children’s development.

My philosophy is simple: Imagination, inspiration and innovation, coupled with a strong dedication and passion towards ensuring everyone I encounter is empowered to work hard and nurtured to achieve their goals and ambitions. I’m particularly passionate about seeing artificial, societal barriers to personal development broken down and that there are “opportunities for all and not the few".

I’m currently employed by Leicestershire County Council as an Economic Growth Manager, supporting businesses to start-up, grow and invest in Leicester and Leicestershire.


Mrs Jan Knox - Executive Head Teacher (Ex-officio Governor)

Have a look at the welcome page for more information from Mrs Knox.


Mrs Sally Appleebee-Lewis - Head of School (Ex-officio Governor)

I started at Richard Hill in January 2021 as Head of School. I have worked in Leicester City Schools prior to my appointment at Richard Hill. My previous post was Deputy Head and SENCO at Eyres Monsell Primary School. I hold my National Senco Award, I am a trained safeguarding lead and I have been a KS1 moderator for 5 years. I am currently completing my National Professional Qualification for Headship. I am also a co-opted governor at Green Lane Infant School. I think working collaboratively with other schools is a fantastic way of sharing with and supporting each other. 

I am looking forward to sharing my skills and knowledge both to help develop the Richard Hill community and The Vines Academy Trust.


Mrs Alison Dickerson (Staff Governor)

I took up my position as staff governor at Richard Hill in October 2019. I want to support this fantastic school the same way as it supported three of my four children.

After moving to Leicester from Kent in 2005 we visited this lovely school and from that moment we knew it was the place to be. I then applied for my first job as lunchtime assistant here in 2009, whilst working within the school as a Midday Manager I found a desire to want to teach the children so, volunteered as an LSA. I absolutely adored this role so put myself through a training course to become a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant, which is a role that I have done for nearly five years.

I really enjoy being able to make a difference within Richard Hill School and I hope to continue for many more years.


Miss Antonia Fall (Parent Governor)

I am a Parent Governor at Richard Hill School focusing on SEND and English as my support areas. My interest in the school comes from my daughter attending Richard Hill since Foundation. I would like to help, support, and develop Richard Hill on improving for our children's future and others to come. 


During the day I work fulltime as a Driving Instructor which I am Sole Owner for my own Driving School. 

I am also the PTFA Chair for Richard Hill School and Treasurer of LoughADI's Driving Instructor Association. With my everyday skills I'm hoping I will be a valuable member of our Governing Body: I work well within a team and always willing to improve my skill set. I look forward to helping Richard Hill school staff , parents and most importantly our children.


When not working I enjoy walking, dancing, singing and musicals and spending quality time with family and friends.


Mr Michael Corner (Foundation Governor)

I became a foundation governor in September 2020 when I started my job as Growing Faith Minister. I work across 3 of the 4 schools in the Vines Academy Trust, as well as at Houghton Church to grow faith in schools, church and in the home environment too. I’m now learning how to do this last element first hand, as my first child was born in April 2020. My wife, daughter and I live in Leicester City, where I was a primary school teacher.  After 4 year of teaching years 3&4, leading on educational visits and ICT, I moved to part time supply work to enable the completion of my ministry training for Youth and Children’s work with the church. This supply work introduced me to a wide range of approaches to primary teaching.

I am looking forward to developing the Christian ethos of the school, and seeing how knowing Jesus can change everyone for the better, and give us hope for the future.


Mr Dale Richardson (Foundation Governor)

I have recently joined Richard Hill as a foundation governor and look forward to supporting the school in it's prosperous future.  I have two children at the school and have found the school to be a supportive environment for them. I previously worked for the Royal Air Force having supported and lead on many operations over a 12 year career. After leaving the Royal Air Force I found a career in the world of Facilities Management. I currently work as Head of Estates, specialising in the Education sector.  I have worked for colleges such as Loughborough College and Brockington College where I was also a governor supporting in their academy growth. I am very much looking forward to being involved to help guide and support the school in its ambitions to develop and improve upon its success to date.


Mrs Emma Peace (Foundation Governor)

I have been associated with Richard Hill School for several years, both my children were pupils here and I became a Foundation Governor in September 2021.  Before having my family, I was a primary teacher and have taught at several schools in Leicester city and Leicestershire.  I have since retrained to become a Forest School and Outdoor Learning practitioner.  I work with school groups and private groups to deliver curriculum based learning and facilitate child led Forest School sessions.  I believe that learning and playing outside is beneficial to wellbeing and can help young people re-connect with and develop their understanding of the natural environment around them.  I have enjoyed delivering Forest School sessions for pupils at Richard Hill School since 2019. Richard Hill is a caring school, with staff who are working hard to develop the school and continually make improvements.  It is my hope that as a governor, I will be able to support the staff in this and help them to achieve their goals. 

Updated 01/03/2021

NamePositionTerm of Office



Register of


Sharon DeackesChair of Governors8/10/21-7/10/252/2

Syston CCTV & Alarms - partner's business

Supply teacher in various Vines Academy Trust schools & other Leicestershire schools

Oli WhittakerVice Chair & Parent Governor15/3/18 - 14/3/221/2N/A
Mrs Emma Peace

Foundation Governor 

16/9/21-15/9/252/2Owner of Forest Path (outdoor learning & Forest School Practitioner at Richard Hill)
Michael CornerFoundation Governor1/09/20 - 31/08/242/2

St Catharine's Church - employee.

Brookside Primary School - wife is employee

Jan KnoxHeadteacher & ex officio governor11/03/20 - 10/03/242/2

Head Teacher, Houghton-on-the-Hill Primary School

Trust Leader, The Vines Academy Trust

Sally Applebee-LewisHead of School & ex officio governor04/01/21 - 03/01/252/2Head of School - Richard Hill Primary School
Alison DickersonStaff Governor

01/10/19 - 08/10/22

Antonia Fall

Parent Governor 


9/10/18 - 



Parent of child in Y3

Driving School - owner


Dale RichardsonFoundation Governor26/11/20 - 21/11/241/2Parent of children in Y2 & Y4