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Josephine valentinaJosephine Valentine BSc, PhD: Executive Headteacher

Dr Josephine Valentine has been Headteacher of St Clement Danes School, Hertfordshire, since 1998 and is currently the Executive Headteacher of the Danes Educational Trust. In October 2011 the school received an ‘outstanding’ grading from Ofsted for every aspect of school provision and performance.  The school’s results are amongst the very best in Hertfordshire and the country. Since 2008, St Clement Danes has been a National Support School and Dr Valentine is a National Leader of Education. In 2013 St Clement Danes was designated a National Teaching School and as such it leads the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance. Most recently, it was awarded "World Class School" status, a mark only bestowed on 43 other schools in the country.


Indport p03Stephen Thompson MA (Cantab), PGCE: Headteacher

Having taught Chemistry in two other comprehensive schools, Stephen joined St Clement Danes as Head of Science in September 2000, becoming Assistant Headteacher in September 2002.  He has held responsibilities across many areas of the school, including Assessment and Monitoring, School Development and Strategic Planning, School Self-Evaluation, Curriculum, ICT Strategic Development Planning, Initial Teacher Training and the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers.  He worked extensively on the education plan for the original application and was appointed Deputy Headteacher in March 2015, taking on the project management of Croxley Danes School. In December 2016 he was appointed Headteacher of Croxley Danes School and took up this post in January 2017.


Nicky hammondNicky Hammond: Director of Financial Services

The Finance Team at the Danes Educational Trust is strong and includes two Chartered Accountants and a qualified Bookkeeper. Nicky joined St Clement Danes in January 2015, having worked for 13 years as a Business Manager in the Primary Sector with accountability for Finance, Budget, Human Resources, Procurement, Catering, Project Management, Premises and Health & safety. Since April 2017, Nicky has led the Finance Team, managing all financial aspects of The Trust including the financial planning for Croxley Danes School.


Rosie faunchRosie Faunch MSc, MRPharms, DMS: Chair of Governors, Croxley Danes School

Rosie has been working with the team at St Clement Danes since 2014 and will chair the Croxley Danes School Governing Body once the school opens.  She has held many roles in hospital management, becoming CEO at Ealing Hospital as it became an NHS Trust before joining BMI Healthcare as the Executive Director of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor.  She went on to be Regional Director with responsibility for several hospitals before moving into corporate business development and is currently an independent management consultant specialising in Healthcare IT.  She recently spent 14 years as Chair of Governors at St Helen’s School, Northwood and brings a wealth of experience to the team.


Ellie thompsonEllie Thompson BA(Hons), PGCE, NPQH: Communications Lead

Originally an English teacher, Ellie has many years' experience of working with school leaders on Admissions, Marketing and Communications, having spent 10 years as Deputy Head in a large secondary school. She joined the team at St Clement Danes in June 2015 as Communications Lead, principally to focus on the development of Croxley Danes School.