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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.

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Rachel Brindley

Rachel Brindley

Director of the Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance
Director of School Improvement at Danes Educational Trust 

Ofsted: Outstanding, 2011

About: Rachel joined St Clement Danes in 1995 and has held a range of roles. Initially employed as an English teacher, she became Head of Year in 1997 and Head of English in 1998: under her leadership the Faculty became a Lead School in English for Hertfordshire. As in-house Lead Advanced Skills Teacher from 2004, she led the Advanced Skills Teachers and Excellent Teachers, and provided subject specific support for the English PGCE programme at University of Hertfordshire. From 2008 she re-located, working in consultancy, followed by senior leadership positions within two schools. Upon return to St Clement Danes in 2012, she was appointed a Specialist Leader of Education. She became Director of Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance from September 2017 and School Improvement Director for the Danes Educational Trust from September 2018.

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. From September 2017, Josie became Executive Headteacher of Croxley Danes and St Clement Danes Schools. From 2018, she assumed the role of CEO of the Danes Educational Trust.

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.

Peter Sweeney

Peter was appointed Headteacher of St Joan of Arc Catholic School in 2006 and has secured outcomes for pupils that have been significantly above national benchmarks throughout his tenure. Peter has had a long association with the National College having previously undertaken work as an LLE for 9 years prior to his appointment as an NLE in 2017. St Joan of Arc Catholic School is a designated National Support School and Peter has supported several governing bodies and their schools by sharing his considerable leadership experience and deploying high quality senior staff to improve leadership capacity and outcomes for pupils. Peter has undertaken two appointments as an Executive Headteacher to support schools on the next phase of their development. Whilst he has considerable experience of the secondary phase, Peter has also worked closely with several local primary schools to support their progress over the past 4 years, helping one school move out of an Ofsted category.

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