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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 mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1394
  • 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..

Rigorous attention to detail in the tracking of all students means personalisation at student level is strong. This kicks off in year 7 with cognitive ability tests, among others, which give the school a flavour of the type of learner each pupil is – ‘essential as we’re an all-ability school,’ explains the head. Parents talk of feeling ‘privileged’ their children got into the school and many are very involved in their children’s education...

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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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