Our Team

We are fortunate in employing a talented and committed staff team at the school. The names and roles of key staff members can be found in the download section at the bottom of the page. Below, you will find brief biographies of our Senior Leadership Team.

Josephine Valentine BSc, PhD: Executive Headteacher, The Danes Educational Trust

After a PhD in Oral Histopathology and time as a teacher of science, Dr Valentine held the roles of Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head at a range of schools before becoming Headteacher of St Clement Danes in 1998. Under her leadership, the school has expanded whilst becoming ever more oversubscribed and outcomes have improved; the school’s results are regularly amongst the very best in Hertfordshire and the country. In October 2011 the school received an ‘outstanding’ grading from Ofsted for all 31 aspects of school provision and performance.  Since 2008, St Clement Danes has been a National Support School and Dr Valentine is a National Leader of Education. This has, on occasion, led to her presenting to government ministers on matters of educational policy one day and meeting with Year 7 students to present commendations the next; she found the latter much more enjoyable! In 2013, St Clement Danes was designated a National Teaching School. Dr Valentine now leads the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance, enabling the school to fulfil its vision of providing the same high quality experience of education to students across the local area. When it opens in September 2017, Dr Valentine will become Executive Headteacher of Croxley Danes School and leads the Danes Educational Trust, a multi-academy trust set up in 2016.

Geoff Butler BSc, MSc: Associate Headteacher

Mr Butler joined St Clement Danes in 1990 and has held a range of roles. Initially employed as a history and politics teacher, he became Head of Year in 1991 and Head of Sixth Form in 1995. He has been on the Senior Leadership Team since 2000, during which time he has held responsibility for such matters as Curriculum Planning, Pastoral Provision, Staffing and the quality of Teaching and Learning. In recent years, he has been Director of the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance and is the Lead Professional for the school's other partnerships. He became Associate Headteacher of St Clement Danes in 2016 and is also an OFSTED inspector. 

Joanna Pullen GRSM (Hons), MA, NPQH: Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Pullen was appointed Deputy Headteacher at St Clement Danes School in January 1998 having worked in a school in North London. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music prior to becoming a teacher.  At St Clement Danes Mrs Pullen has had a number of roles, including leading on Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, and Professional Development.  Her current responsibilities include leadership of Pastoral Care, Well-being, and Child Protection and she currently chairs the Southwest Hertfordshire Pastoral Leads Group.

Stephen Thompson MA (Cantab): Deputy Headteacher

Mr Thompson joined St Clement Danes as Head of Science in September 2000, becoming Assistant Headteacher in September 2002.  He has held a number of roles during this period and was appointed Deputy Headteacher in March 2015, taking on the project management of Croxley Danes School. He currently also has responsibility for ICT Teaching and Learning Development at St Clement Danes and line manages English. In December 2016, he was appointed Headteacher Designate of Croxley Danes School, a post he took up in January 2017 alongside his existing duties at St Clement Danes.

Emma Brogan MA (Oxon), MA (York): Director of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher

Miss Brogan joined St Clement Danes in September 2014 as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. She is currently Director of Sixth Form leading a team including the Assistant Directors of Sixth Form and the Careers and EPQ co-ordinators.

Michael Garvey MA (Oxon): Assistant Headteacher

Mr Garvey joined St Clement Danes as a teacher of history in September 1999, before becoming Subject Leader in 2002 and then subsequently Director of Sixth Form Studies in April 2008. From September 2016, he takes on the role of Lead Professional for Teaching and Learning, Standards and Continuing Professional Development, developing middle leaders as a facilitator for the NPQML programme. He line-manages social sciences, creative and expressive arts and PE.

Richard Johnson, BSc, PhD: Assistant Headteacher

Dr Johnson joined St Clement Danes in April 2006 as Head of Science. In 2009 he joined the Senior Leadership Team, taking on the leadership of Assessment and Monitoring. He is currently the Lead Professional for Curriculum Development and Planning, School Self Evaluation, School Expansion and e-Safety and line manages maths, humanities and technology.

Julie Jones MA (Oxon): Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Jones joined St Clement Danes in September 2014 as Assistant Headteacher. She has had responsibility for Staff Recruitment and Teachers' Appraisal and oversees Initial Teacher Training and new staff induction. 

Christopher Marks BMus (Hons), MA, NPQH: Assistant Headteacher

Mr Marks joined St Clement Danes in 2005 as Head of Creative & Expressive Arts. In 2013 he joined the Senior Leadership Team, taking on the leadership of personalised support programmes in Key Stage 3 and 4. He is currently Lead Professional for Monitoring and Assessment and Personalised Learning in Key Stages 3 and 4. He line manages science and modern foreign languages.


Our Team Date  
Key Staff 2016 17 01st Sep 2016 Download