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Headmaster

Duncan Sinclair B.A. HDE Prim, MA Educational Leadership & Management

Born in Zimbabwe the son of two school teachers, Duncan and his family moved to South Africa when he was 7. Educated at The Ridge Prep School and St Alban's College, Pretoria, Duncan left school to enjoy a Gap Year at Port Regis in Dorset where he caught the teaching bug. Having read English at the University of Cape Town, he then gained his teaching qualification and joined the staff at the prestigious Diocesan College Prep in Cape Town; 'Bishops' for short. Not long afterwards, he was tempted to travel back to England again and joined the staff at St Michael’s, Otford in 2002 as a Year 4 class teacher, and the UK became home for good.

At St Michael’s, Duncan rose through the ranks to Head of Geography, Head of PSHE, Senior Master and finally Deputy Head. After some 10 years, he sought Headship and was appointed Headmaster of Taunton Prep in Somerset in 2013. Following four successful years at the school, Duncan joined YC to begin the 2017/18 academic year as Headmaster.

With wife, Georgie, and young boys Hamish, and twins Callum and Fraser, Duncan can often be found scrambling about the garden playing diggers and tractors, or reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” endlessly! He also enjoys having a 'braai' and making ‘biltong'. After an early career in semi-professional rugby in the Western Province, his bad knees now mean he plays village cricket for Knockholt, goalkeeper for Sevenoaks Hockey Club and he enjoys the odd round of golf. Given his mum was a music teacher, Duncan also enjoys singing and has played the clarinet, trombone and tuba in the past, but none to an especially good standard!

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