Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Headteacher Scores Top Marks for 25 Years of Inspired Education

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Headteacher Scores Top Marks for 25 Years of Inspired Education

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Byline: VALENTINE LOW

IT WAS failure, and love, which brought Gerry Curran from his native Northern Ireland to the school in Southall where he has been head teacher for the past quarter of a century.

Failure, because he could not get into teaching training college back home and came to London to study instead; and love because he first came to Southall to visit a friend from training college, and ended up marrying the man's sister.

They are the chance factors which shape anyone's life, but they ended up producing one of the most remarkable teachers of his generation and a man who has been hailed as an inspiration by pupils, teachers and parents alike.

Now, on the brink of retirement, Mr Curran has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement at the national Teaching Awards.

He was one of three London teachers, out of 11, to receive awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine and attended by Education Secretary Alan Johnson, author Frank McCourt, actor Tamsin Outhwaite and the Sugababes. Mr Curran, 63, is head of Featherstone primary school, which has more than 30 nationalities represented among its 600 pupils and where one in five of the children are from refugee or asylum-seeking families.

The school poses tremendous challenges but, as the regional commendation noted, has been turned into an extraordinary success story by Mr Curran.

" Throughout a career spanning 38 years, Gerry has demonstrated almost superhuman levels of energy and commitment," it said.

"Gerry has made the school an outstanding success as a place for acceptance, tolerance and understanding; that welcomes new communities. Ger ry forms the backbone of this school with his inspiring work ethic, generosity and commitment. It is his sense of fairness, justice and acceptance of diversity that has made the school unique. …

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