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  • St Clement Danes School
    Chenies Road
    WD3 6EW
  • Head: Dr Josephine Valentine
  • T 01923 284169
  • F 01923 284828
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1394; sixth formers: 338
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th October 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 25th January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Not a single piece of litter in sight during our visit, with everywhere spotless. ‘You have to love your learning environment,’ says the head. We found the atmosphere calm and structured, with a reassuring amount of liveliness at break times. Pupils articulate, confident, curious and happy. Most families from within a five-mile radius - mainly Chorleywood and Rickmansworth. Its reputation has since gone from strength to strength and it’s largely responsible for soaring house prices in…

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Academy convertor 2011

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

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Since 1998, Josephine Valentine BSc PhD, previously deputy head from 1995. Originally from Manchester, she gained her BSc in microbiology and PhD in oral histopathology from Liverpool University. Later took a PGCE to fill a study gap, but wound up ‘falling in love with teaching’ and taught biology at St John the Baptist School, Woking and Beaconsfield High, where she worked her way up the ranks.

Outgoing and friendly, with a good sense of humour, she has one of the plushest offices we’ve seen in a comprehensive school (which also doubles up as a meeting room). Staff say she’s a nurturing leader, as well as being decisive and unwavering in her vision for constantly moving the school forward. On the whole, parents like her too. ‘She can chat away on a...

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