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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 expanded whilst becoming ever more oversubscribed and outcomes 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.  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.

In January 2018, Dr Valentine became Executive Headteacher of The Danes Educational Trust, encompassing St Clement Danes School and Croxley Danes School.

Dr Valentine is also a member of the DfE’s Headteacher Reference Group, the RSC’s MAT Reference Group and more recently has been appointed Sub-Regional Lead for the NWLSC (North West London South Central) West Region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) Teaching Schools.

Toby Sutherland MA, MEd (Camb): Headteacher

After time as a teacher of Business and Economics, Mr Sutherland held the roles of Deputy Head of House, Head of Faculty, Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher at Queens’ school, Bushey before joining St Clement Danes as Deputy Headteacher in September 2017. From January 2018, he takes on the role of Headteacher with responsibility for the day to day leadership of the school. 

Julie Jones MA (Oxon): Deputy Headteacher (Acting)

Mrs Jones joined St Clement Danes in September 2014 as Assistant Headteacher. She has had responsibility for Assessment, Pupil Premium, Personalised Learning and Teachers' Appraisal and oversees Initial Teacher Training and new staff induction. 

Christopher Marks BMus (Hons), MA, NPQH: Deputy 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, then acting as Lead Professional for Monitoring and Assessment and Personalised Learning in Key Stages 3 and 4. From September 2017, he takes on the role of Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for the pastoral life of the school. He is the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection for both St Clement Danes and Croxley Danes and oversees the provision for SEND students.

Rachel Brindley BA(Hons), MEd, NPQH: Director of Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance

Ms Brindley first joined St Clement Danes in 1995 and has held a range of roles. She became Head of Year in 1997 and Head of English in 1998. As Lead Advanced Skills Teacher from 2004, she led the Advanced Skills Teachers and Excellent Teachers within St Clement Danes School and provided subject specific support for the English PGCE training programme at the University of Hertfordshire. From 2008 she re-located, working in consultancy, followed by senior leadership within two schools. Upon return to St Clement Danes in 2012, she was appointed a Specialist Leader of Education, assuming responsibility for all ITT provision. From September 2016 she shadowed Geoff Butler in his role as Director of Teaching School, a position she is delighted to have been appointed to from September 2017.

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, English, computer science, humanities and technology.

Aisling Ryan BA (Hons), PGCE: Director of Sixth Form (Acting) and Assistant Headteacher

Miss Ryan joined St Clement Danes School as a teacher of English in July 2002, working as part of and then leading a cross-faculty team of Excellent Teachers from September 2006, before becoming Head of English in September 2013. In September 2016, she became Assistant Director of Sixth Form. From April 2017, she took on the role of Assistant Headteacher within Croxley Danes School and from September 2017 also took on the leadership of Assessment and Monitoring within both St Clement Danes School and Croxley Danes School. From January 2017, she takes on the role of Director of Sixth Form.