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Bolton principal wins 'Outstanding Contribution' award

At the Towergate Care Awards, Ferns Academy principal won an award for her contribution to the education sector

Posted by Lucinda Reid | April 05, 2017 | Events

Executive Principal of The Ferns Academy (The Ferns) in Bolton, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, has won an award at the Towergate Care Awards in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the education sector.

Originally nominated by fellow staff members at The Ferns, Debra Murphy was one of three finalists in the category, but her fantastic achievements helped Debra shine through to the judges and they presented her with the accolade. 

Speaking about the win Debra said: “All staff at The Ferns have worked extremely hard and shown a lot of dedication to the school, I am proud to have led such a passionate team that have really made a difference to the lives of our pupils. I would like to think this award recognises all our efforts”.

Deborah was appointed to her role at The Ferns Academy in 2012. During this time, she has inspired both staff and students, bringing the school out of special measures and transforming school life of the pupils both academically and pastorally, with the recent Ofsted inspection judging the school as good with outstanding features. 

Ian Kershaw, Chief Executive of the Northern Education Trust, added, “I am delighted that Debra has received this award, she is more than deserving. We are very proud to see such a high level of dedication, teaching and leadership from our staff. As a trust we are committed to providing the highest quality of education and care for our pupils and Debra has worked hard to achieve this.”

Debra Murphy (left) with Denise Van Outen

Marking the second year of the Towergate Care Awards, the final ceremony was held at The Dorchester in London, hosted by TV and Broadway star, Denise Van Outen. The awards, which attracts hundreds of entries nationally, continue to recognise and pay tribute to individuals who go above and beyond to deliver the best quality care every day.

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