St Clement Danes School
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
About St Clement Danes School
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 has been Headteacher of St Clement Danes School for 19 years. She is a National Leader in Education, a DfE Advisor and has oversight of both schools as Executive Headteacher. From January 2018, Mr Toby Sutherland became Headteacher of St Clement Danes, allowing Dr Valentine to take on the Executive Headteacher role full time. If appointed to a role at the school, 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.
St Clement Danes was ranked in the top thirty comprehensive schools in the country in 2016 and is regularly placed in the top 5% of schools for both progress and achievement. Career development opportunities abound: St Clement Danes leads the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance so CPD is top notch. As Croxley Danes grows, so will the middle and senior leadership teams, meaning that promotion within the Trust is a distinct possibility for outstanding employees. The staff team is a happy and stable one; the annual staff flash mobs (or last year, a mannequin challenge) are 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 @SCDSchool. The school is close to beautiful countryside - Google images of the Chess Valley for a taste - and on the Metropolitan and Chiltern Railways lines 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 nearby 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.
I joined St Clement Danes in 2009 as an unqualified teacher; by 2012 I had completed my NQT year and was made Subject Leader and, in 2014, I became Head of Faculty. It is a school which is innovative and proactive in developing its staff and one where teachers are constantly reflecting on how they can improve as practitioners. Put all this into the context of a motivated and high achieving student body and it makes for a great school in which to develop both your craft and career as a teacher.- Mr David Williams, Former Head of Modern Foreign Languages Faculty, St Clement Danes School