Croxley Danes School is part of the Danes Educational Trust - a multi-academy trust set up by St Clement Danes School in June 2016. There are currently three schools within the Trust, St Clement Danes School, Croxley Danes School and Chancellor's School. All schools have their own School Board which reports to the Danes Educational Trust's Board. Rosie Faunch, the Chair of the Trust, was closely involved in the development of Croxley Danes school and was its first Chair of Governors. Our School Board is now chaired by Terry James. Details of its governors can be found below.
The Trust's Members and Trustees, together with the Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference for each School Board can be found by following the link below:
Terry James - Chair of Governors
Terry was headteacher at Queens’ School in Bushey for 16 years until August. Queens’ is a large 11-18 comprehensive school. During his 22 years of headship, Terry was involved in a great deal of ‘school to school support’ across Hertfordshire and beyond, mentoring new heads and holding acting executive or associate headteacher roles in a number of schools. Terry was also part of the 2012 London Olympics education team. Terry is married, (his wife is also a headteacher) and has two grown up children. Since his retirement from his headteacher role at Queens’ he is now concentrating on advisory and support work both in individual schools, and across several local authorities.
Judith Thorn - Vice Chair of Governors
Judith, who has one daughter at the school, was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2017. She has a BA (Hons) in Business and Biomedical Science and her background is in the pharmaceutical industry. She currently works part time at a secondary school in Watford as an Examination Invigilator. Judith has always volunteered regularly at her daughter’s schools. During these exciting, formative years, she is looking forward to supporting Croxley Danes School as a Governor to help achieve high standards and a smooth transition to Baldwins Lane. Judith was elected as Vice Chair of the CDS School Board in September 2018.
Jonathan is Associate Minister: Youth & Children at Croxley Green Baptist Church. Prior to 2006 when he arrived in Croxley, he worked in Youth and Community roles in a variety of Baptist churches. Jonathan brings both his Community knowledge and deep understanding of the social, emotional and spiritual needs of children and young people to the board.
Ian is Head of Projects (IT E&F and Environment) within the IT Directorate at Kings College, London, with a strong prior background in Student Systems. His experience working with Project Managers delivering projects involving main contractors and leading a programme refurbishing audio visual equipment across the College will be invaluable to the School Board at this stage in Croxley Danes’ existence. Ian is also a parent at the school who has followed Croxley Danes’ development with interest over the past few years; he is now looking forward to being able to make a significant contribution to its work as a Governor.
Richard is a barrister in full time private practice, specialising in various areas of commercial and company law, and a member of the Government’s A-Panel of barristers used for high profile/difficult cases. As a former student at St Clement Danes, he is both familiar with, and committed to, the ethos of the Danes Educational Trust. Richard lives in Hertfordshire and has three children.
Kathryn is a chartered accountant with experience in internal and external audit. She works for Jisc as group internal audit manager and is responsible for the creation and fulfilment of a risk based audit plan for the group. Kathryn will be taking on the role as lead governor for finance.
Denise works at Watford Women's Centre, helping women to access services to enable them to lead independent, productive and healthier lives. Prior to this, she was elected as a parent governor at a local primary school, introducing important measures to secure Pupil Premium Funding for the school, before being employed as part of the Admin team and as the Clerk to Governors and Trustees. She has an excellent understanding of school policies and also appreciates the budgetary constraints which schools face due to her role as the manager of the whole-school resources budget at the school she worked at. She remains a volunteer at this school, doing their social media for them and assisting with the website.
Denise has three children, the eldest of whom attends Croxley Danes, where she was elected as a parent governor in November 2018. Denise has BA in Tourism Management, has a keen interest in world geography and loves researching genealogy in her spare time.
Samantha is currently Senior HR Business Manager for Peace Hospice Care. An experienced, CIPD accredited HR professional, her co-option onto the Croxley Danes School Board provides expertise in this area. Samantha has worked in a number of organisations which provide support for others through the course of her career such as Home Start and Signpost Youth Counselling Service; she is now looking forward to supporting the work of the school as a Governor.
Diana was Headmistress of the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth from 2001 until her retirement in December 2016. At The Royal Masonic, Diana’s achievements were numerous and included gaining exceptional and excellent ratings across the board in a full inspection in 2011; leading the school into the Herts & Bucks Teaching Schools’ Alliance; championing STEM for women and setting up Ruspini House Pre-School which gained an Ofsted Outstanding rating in 2010.
Carla works for BP in the role of Trading Operations Team Leader, Naphtha and LPG. Carla lives in Croxley Green and is a parent of twins who are now in Year 8 at the school. Her role as a governor of the School Board is enhanced by her skills in team leading, decision-making, negotiation and problem solving within a commercial environment. She also has excellent community links and understands the need to have a strong leadership team within the local governing body.
To contact the Chair of Governors, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The minutes from the School Board meetings can be viewed at the main reception of the school.