• The Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Rossendale School
  • Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Veteran teacher and school founder David Duncan is notably committed to the education of pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. He’s been instrumental in providing opportunity for pupils who’d previously been failed by the education system to achieve an enviable portfolio of GCSEs and other exam results.

David began teaching in 1967, founded Rossendale School in May 1989 and has had almost 500 pupils through the doors since that time. Ten years ago it received its first ‘outstanding’ award from Ofsted after a welfare inspection.

Since then another 10 inspections (Welfare and Education) have been ‘Outstanding’. Their educational achievements continue to grow. He leads by example and is a Headteacher happiest when at the ‘coal face’ walking around school interacting with pupils and staff