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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.


Aisling Ryan BA (Hons), PGCE : Assistant HeadteacherAis

Miss Ryan joined St Clement Danes School as a teacher of English in July 2002, working as part of and then leading a cross-faculty team of Excellent Teachers from September 2006, before becoming Head of English in September 2013. In September 2016, she became Assistant Director of Sixth Form. From April 2017, she took on the role of Assistant Headteacher within Croxley Danes School and from September 2017 will also take on the leadership of Assessment and Monitoring within both St Clement Danes School and Croxley Danes School.