Our Staff

Senior and middle leaders at St Leonard’s.

Leadership Team

  • Mr C Hammill – Headteacher
  • Mr D Simmons – Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs V Curry – Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss K Darmody – Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss J Bird – Head of Sixth Form, Senior Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr G Johnson – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr C McLeod – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss A McVeigh – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss R Thornton – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs C Young – School Operations Manager
  • Miss R Edgar – Key Stage Leader
  • Mrs L Robinson – Key Stage Leader

Heads of Department

  • Mrs B Grehan-Bradley – English
  • Mrs C Zigmond – Maths
  • Mrs A Stewart – Science
  • Mr P Sutcliffe – Art
  • Mr J Mitchell – Geography 
  • Mr J Curry – History
  • Miss L Maughan – Computer Science
  • Mrs E Alderson – Languages
  • Mr M Grehan-Bradley – Music
  • Mrs P Hockaday – PE
  • Mr N McTernan – RE
  • Mr M Dunford – Technology
  • Mrs M Abela – Social Sciences

Pupil support


Mrs M Smith: SENCo

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

  • Mrs Robinson – KS3 Lead and specific responsibility for Year 8
  • Mr Horner – Assistant KS3 Lead and specific responsibility for Year 7
  • Miss Ainsley – Assistant KS3 Lead and specific responsibility for Year 9

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)

  • Miss Edgar – KS4 Lead and specific responsibility for Year 11
  • Mr McMullan – Assistant KS4 Lead and specific responsibility for Year 10

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Updated | 17th January, 2024 |

Latest News

EXAUDI – In dew of roses

On Tuesday the 13th February, a very special concert took place at Durham’s magnificent Town Hall. James Weeks, the conductor of Exaudi, a small professional chamber choir, has been working on composition with Year 13 A Level music pupils since the spring of 2023. Following a series of workshops in school, the compositions were finally performed […]

Ushaw – Thank you and Farewell!

In October 2023 the school moved Year 7 and 8 to Ushaw College, so we could resume Face to Face Teaching for all year groups as soon as possible. This allowed the school to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, and we are grateful that Durham University and Ushaw were able to be accommodate us […]


Six brilliant candidates have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success as they prepare for their A Levels. Thank you to Miss Bird and all the Sixth Form staff who have given excellent support – as ever – during the application process. 


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