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Senior Leadership Support

The existence of national and local leaders of education within the Alliance offers expertise and potential to support school leadership teams and individuals in the process of school improvement. This may focus on whole school issues such as curriculum development or change management through to specifics such as staff development and continuing professional development. One to one mentoring is a key component of leadership support.

Who are we? 

Coming from a range of disciplines and with considerable experience of system leadership beyond our own schools, please find a flavour of who we are and the work we do below.

Senior Leadership is also drawn from across the Alliance in the form of secondment of Assistant and Deputy Headteachers to a range of leadership roles within schools requiring support and in the bespoke sixth form support package led by Mike Garvey.

From September 2016 Mike will assume the role of Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at St Clement Danes School having previously been its Director of an ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form and leader of a number of successful Research and Development projects in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire.

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Geoff Butler

Geoff Butler

Director of the Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance
Associate Headteacher, St Clement Danes Multi-Academy Trust

Ofsted: Outstanding, 2011

About: Geoff 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 and has been on the Senior Leadership Team since 2000. In recent years, he has been Director of the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance and became Associate Headteacher of St Clement Danes in 2016. Beyond St Clement Danes, Geoff has significant experience of working with universities on ITT delivery, has led a number of school support programmes and is an Ofsted Inspector.

Josephine Valentine

Josephine Valentine

Executive Headteacher, St Clement Danes Multi-Academy Trust

Ofsted: Outstanding, 2011 

About: After a PhD in Oral Histopathology and time as a teacher of Science, Josie 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. Since 2008, St. Clement Danes has been a National Support School and Josie is a National Leader of Education and a Senior Partner within Challenge Partners. In 2013, St. Clement Danes was designated a National Teaching School and Josie now leads the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance. When it opens in September 2017, Josie will become Executive Headteacher of Croxley Danes School and will lead the St Clement Danes Multi-Academy Trust.

Nick Daymond

Nick Daymond

Headteacher, Parmiter’s School 

Ofsted: Outstanding, 2011 

About: A Cambridge graduate with a passion for languages, Nick Daymond has been Headteacher of Parmiter’s School since 2010, having been Headteacher of Roundwood Park School in Harpenden prior to this appointment. Parmiter’s became a National Support School in 2012 and Nick a National Leader of Education.  Nick has been involved in mentoring other headteachers, leading reviews of pupil premium funding, supporting school improvement programmes and facilitating key leadership of CPD and ITT provision. He enjoys travel, theatre and cinema, and is also a Liverpool FC supporter.

Edward Conway

Edward Conway

Headteacher, St. Michael’s Catholic High School 

Ofsted: Outstanding, 2014 

About: Ed became Headteacher of St Michael’s Catholic High School in 2010, having been Headteacher at John Paul II Catholic School in Wandsworth, South London previously. Ed was directly involved with London Challenge and its effective work to bring about significant improvement in the performance of London schools. This expertise he now applies and develops within his own school and the wider Alliance. Since he became Headteacher of St. Michael’s, the school has been designated as both ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and a Teaching School. He believes firmly that a serene and happy student is one who will succeed at study and the school’s pastoral programme is directed firmly to that end. 

Sue Howe

Sue Howe

Headteacher, Chessbrook Education Support Centre

Ofsted: Outstanding 2010, 2014

About: Sue became the Headteacher of Chessbrook in 2006 having previously been the Headteacher of Northgate Hospital School in Edgware, Barnet. Since 2013 Chessbrook has been a National Support School and Sue has been a National Leader in Education. Sue has experience across the full age range, having qualified as a primary school teacher, and has also worked in an SEMH school. Sue has more recently been the successful Chair of an Interim Executive Board and Executive Headteacher at a local maintained secondary school. Sue has considerable experience in mentoring newly appointed Headteachers, has previously been an Ofsted Inspector and under her leadership Chessbrook  has developed a reputation for providing high quality CPD opportunities for schools in the locality at both primary and secondary level.

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