Croxley Danes School is a new, all-ability, co-educational state secondary school serving South West Hertfordshire which will open in September 2017. It will provide a high quality education to over 1200 students aged 11-18, opening in its first year at St Clement Danes School before moving to a designated permanent site on land at the bottom of Baldwins Lane. When it opens, Croxley Danes School will address a substantial shortfall in secondary places for 2017 and beyond and will become the first-choice school for the surrounding area.
St Clement Danes School will act as a blueprint for the new school
St Clement Danes School was approached by Hertfordshire County Council to set up a new secondary school for the local area. This outstanding, oversubscribed school in Chorleywood will act as a blueprint for the new school and its Headteacher, Dr Josephine Valentine, a National Leader in Education, will become the Executive Headteacher having oversight of both schools, supported by a designated Headteacher for Croxley Danes. The school will be part of the Danes Educational Trust, a family of schools which includes St Clement Danes and Croxley Danes Schools. Although Croxley Danes will share much of the ethos and outstanding practice that makes St Clement Danes so successful, it will develop its own distinctive character, traditions and practices as it evolves.
Croxley Danes School will provide a safe, happy environment where excellence and aspiration are encouraged and where an ethos of mutual trust allows girls and boys to celebrate one another’s achievements. It will be a school where students flourish and develop a love of learning and a ‘can-do’ attitude to life. Highly skilled, qualified teachers will ensure that the focus is on excellence in teaching and enjoyment in learning and that every child is known as an individual. Working closely with the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance, it will embrace regional, national and international best practice to ensure that teaching is at the cutting edge and student progress is outstanding.
In collaboration with St Clement Danes, there will be a comprehensive enrichment and extension programme to provide opportunities for students in areas such as music and sport; a small number of places will be allocated on the basis of musical aptitude each year so that talented children can benefit from the rich musical programme on offer.
With an extended day and state of the art facilities for hire, Croxley Danes School will quickly become the hub of the local community.
For our Open Evening, we made a video of Year 8 students at St Clement Danes, talking about what Croxley Danes students would love if their school was anything like SCD. It can be viewed below:
You can get a feel for St Clement Danes School, the blueprint for Croxley, by following the link below.