Duncan was born in Escourt in 1979 and grew up on a farm near Giant’s Castle. Growing up in this environment, he developed a love for the outdoors. After completing his schooling at Estcourt High School, where he was captain of cricket and vice-captain of hockey, Duncan spent 2 years traveling and working in the UK and America. After this, he joined Cordwalles, working as a boarder master and intern between 2002 and 2005 while completing his B-Ed through UNISA. From 2006 – 2012, Duncan and his wife, Kirsten, taught in independent schools in the UK and used the extensive school holidays to travel and participate in volunteer work. Duncan held various management roles in the UK, culminating in his appointment as Head of the Middle School at Chafyn Grove School. In 2012, Duncan and his family returned to South Africa where he joined Clifton School in Durban as Deputy Principal in the Prep School. Duncan was the Head of Academics, overseeing changes in the academic curriculum, as well as Head of Mathematics where he was responsible for the establishment of a new mathematics programme.
His educational philosophy is grounded in a constructivist approach, where differentiation should be at the heart of learning. Duncan believes we need to give our boys opportunities to foster 21st century learning skills, but not at the expense of traditional core values based around a Christian ethos. In addition, he believes that educational leadership is about creating a positive, child-centred environment that enables every boy to reach his full potential.
A keen sportsman himself, Duncan has played and coached provincial schools’ hockey, men’s provincial hockey and country districts hockey. He has also played club cricket. He is married to Kirsten who is an old girl of St John’s Diocesan College and is also a teacher. With their two very energetic boys, Joshua and Zach, they are enjoying being back in the Midlands and being closer to family. As well as their adorable little daughter Abigail.