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The Danes Educational Trust comprises two schools: St Clement Danes School, an Outstanding school with "World Class" status, and Croxley Danes School, a new secondary school which opened in September 2017 using St Clement Danes as its blueprint. Dr Josephine Valentine was Headteacher of St Clement Danes School for 20 years and is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Danes Educational Trust. She is a National Leader in Education, a DfE Advisor and has oversight of both schools as CEO. Mr Stephen Thompson joined St Clement Danes as Head of Science in September 2000, becoming Assistant Headteacher in September 2002. 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 with responsibility for the day to day leadership of the school. If appointed to a role, you will benefit from working as part of an established and thriving Trust blueprinted on St Clement Danes' exceptional reputation for cutting edge staff development and outstanding outcomes for its students.
Croxley Danes School will eventually provide a high quality education to over 1200 students aged 11-18, having opened for its first year with 120 Year 7 students based at St Clement Danes School. From September 2018 it has been housed in the building formerly occupied by The Reach School in Tolpits Lane before moving to its brand new buildings at the bottom of Baldwins Lane during 2020. Croxley Danes School is addressing a substantial shortfall in secondary places for 2017 and beyond and is fast becoming the first-choice school for the surrounding area.
As Croxley Danes grows, so will the middle and senior leadership teams, meaning that promotion is a distinct possibility for outstanding Trust employees. The staff team is a happy and stable one; the annual Charities Week is a highlight and loved by staff and students alike. The students are capable, concientious and self-motivated learners; have a look at our website's news pages to get a taste of the student experience or follow us on Twitter @croxleydanes. The school is close to beautiful countryside - Google images of the Chess Valley for a taste - and the permanent site is within walking distance of the Metropolitan Line into London. A few minutes from Jct 18 of the M25, the school is close to towns regularly voted as some of the best places in the UK to live and raise a family and, although an affluent part of the country, there is plenty of affordable housing in Watford and its surroundings. If you choose to apply for a job with the Trust, you will join a happy, successful team whilst making a wise investment in your future career in teaching. We look forward to hearing from you.