Senior Leadership Team

Mr Atkinson,

Mr Atkinson is the Principal of Duke’s secondary school, and therefore oversees all aspects of the day to day running of the school. He is also responsible for the strategic development and improvement of Duke’s, and is confident that under his leadership the school can become a school that students, parents and staff can be proud to be a part of . Mr Atkinson was appointed in March 2020, he joined the school in 2016 as Deputy Head, he is a qualified maths teacher and has had previous experience of working in schools across the region. Mr Atkinson is passionate about improving the life chances for all students at Duke’s regardless of their background, and is fully committed to bringing about significant improvements to the outcomes of students at Duke’s secondary school.

Mr Line,
Deputy Principal

Mr Line has responsibility for curriculum development and outcomes at both Key Stage 4 and 5 and is also Designated Safeguard Lead for students in the Sixth Form. He trained as a History teacher but presently delivers the Extended Project Qualification to students in the Sixth Form.

Mrs Gadsby,
Assistant Principal

Mrs Gadsby is Assistant Principal with responsibility for pastoral matters, attendance and alternative provision.  She has been part of the team at the school for several years, particularly in supporting some of our most vulnerable learners to succeed.  Mrs Gadsby enjoys working with pupils at Duke’s so that they can make a positive difference to our local community.

Mr Rhodes,
Assistant Principal.

As the Assistant Principal at Duke’s School, Mr Rhodes leads on behaviour.  He joined the school in January 2010 as Head of Science and joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2016. Mr Rhodes has over 10 years of senior and middle leadership experience in schools and colleges in the north east. Mr Rhodes studied Biomedical Science at University and enjoys teaching Science.


Mrs Chima,

Assistant Principal

As the Assistant Principal at Duke’s School, Mrs Chima  leads on Teaching and Learning.  She joined the school in April  2014  as Director of English and joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2018. Mrs Chima started  teaching in Gateshead in 2002 and has held previous positions of Literacy Coordinator and Head of English in Workington, Cumbria before coming back to the North East in 2014. Mrs Chima studied English at University.

Mr Blight,

Assistant Principal

As the Assistant Principal at Duke’s School, Mr Blight leads on Raising Standards and Achievement. He joined the school in 2012 as Director of Sport. Mr Blight has vast experience in leadership both in education and football. He managed England U18 FA schoolboy football team from 2012-2016.

Mr Blight studied Sport and PE at university.