Headteacher Deborah retires at top school

Deborah Northin receives her retirement bouquet from colleagues at Bolton School
Deborah Northin receives her retirement bouquet from colleagues at Bolton School

Lifelong teacher Mrs Deborah Northin, who lives in Clitheroe, has retired from one of the North’s top independent schools.

She was given a memorable send-off by pupils and teachers at Bolton School in a special leaving assembly in which the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes performed tribute song and dance routines for her.

Mrs Northin had been head of Beech House, the Infant Department of Bolton School, for the past five years.

She presided over a busy and productive period, consolidating the school’s move into the new Beech House on Dobson Road and oversaw an ISI inspection in 2013 of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage which rated the nursery, Kidzone after-school club and the infant school as “Outstanding” in all areas. She worked with parents to organise spectacular fundraising summer balls and a family fun festival.

She said: “Throughout my teaching career I have aimed to make a difference for children’s outcomes and it is this element that I will dearly miss as I approach a life without daily contact with those bright-eyed and lively pupils.”

Mrs Northin taught textiles at a Hampshire comprehensive and moved north with husband Steve to teach at a primary school before taking up a post at Westholme School, Blackburn, where she remained for 13 years before moving to Bolton School.

The couple have two daughters, Emily and Abigail.

Miss Sue Hincks, head Bolton School girls’ division, said: “It is impossible to do justice to Debbie’s devotion and commitment to the children and staff under her care. We all owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”