• The Award for Unsung Hero
  • St Edburg's CofE VA Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Oxfordshire

Duncan goes out of his way to help colleagues and pupils alike. His formal role is school business manager, but he is immersed in the school far beyond this, choosing to serve as the primary first aider, train the school football teams, ensure compliance in Health and Safety, promote the wellbeing and workload of colleagues as HR leader, support the school in meetings associated with expansion and refurbishment, and volunteer as a lollipop person. He’s out in all weathers representing the school, and in winter has come in at weekends and stayed late voluntarily to grit the paths and playgrounds to ensure that the school community is safe.  

Duncan does all of this not for glory, but because “it’s the right thing to do”.   

In his daily business manager role, Duncan is resourceful in ensuring that the school has a sound surplus budget, the best value for money, and that pupils and staff have everything that they need to flourish. This includes sourcing, purchasing, transporting, and refurbishing an entire building to support learners with special needs.