Our Governance

Croxley Danes School is part of the Danes Educational Trust - a multi-academy trust set up by St Clement Danes School  in June 2016. Each school in the Trust has its own School Board which reports to the Danes Educational Trust Board. Details of the CDS 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:

Danes Educational Trust - Governance Information

Terry James - Chair of GovernorsTerry James

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. 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school's enquiries email:


Judith Thorn - Vice Chair of GovernorsJudith Thorn cropped

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 BishopJon

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.


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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.

Denise Shaw Denise pl

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.


Carla WatsonCarla

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 10 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.


Anthony Peters Anthony Peters.JPEG

Anthony, who has a son at the school, was appointed as Finance Governor in March 2021. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and worked for many years in industry before deciding to return to private practice in 2011. He owns his own accountancy firm, based in Northwood. Anthony has fulfilled the role as the Independent Examiner for the school’s Parents Association since September 2018 and is looking forward to supporting the school as a Governor as it continues its growth journey to a full school and beyond.


Helen Cox

Helen Cox 

Helen is a geography teacher and Head of Humanities at Croxley Danes where she has worked since 2018. Prior to joining Croxley Danes she worked as a Lead Practioner at Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden. Helen lives in Croxley Green and has two primary age children. She is able to bring a teacher's perspective to the Governing board as well as those of a prospective parent. 

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Hannah is a Solicitor at a firm in North-West London, specialising in Residential Property and Private Client work. She grew up in Hertfordshire and lives in Watford. Hannah hopes to bring her analytical and good communication skills to the governor role and looks forward to joining the Croxley Danes School Board. 


Katie Llewellyn

Katie was raised in Croxley Green and is parent to 3 children; 2  of whom are puKatiepils at Croxley Danes School, and 1 who will start in September.  She is Head of the History Department  at a local school where she is a member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for the Eco Council.  Katie volunteers for CPAS and is a member of St Luke's Church in Watford ; she enjoys singing in a choir, reading for her Book Club and Park Run.  Katie is looking forward to serving Croxley Danes School as a Parent Governor. 

To contact the Chair of Governors, please email: 

The minutes from the School Board meetings can be viewed at the main reception of the school.



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