Our Governance

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De Havilland Primary School is part of Danes Educational Trust. The Danes Educational Trust Board has responsibility for the operation of the Trust, but delegates some of the responsibilities to a local level. Therefore, schools within the Trust have a School Board, comprising local Governors. The School Board holds 4 meetings per year. In addition, each School Board has an Admissions Committee and a Senior Staff Pay and Remuneration Committee. De Havilland Primary School shares its School Board with Jupiter Primary School.

Further information about the Danes Educational Trust governance structure is available on the Trust website

To contact the Governors of De Havilland Primary School, please email

Who we are


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Joe Cresswell

Elected Staff Governor Joe began his teaching career as a Teaching Assistant at De Havilland School. After realising his great potential he completed his PGCE and returned to De Havilland a year later a fully qualified teacher. He is now in his 4th year of teaching and enjoys co-leading computing where he puts his film making, TV and Video degree to great use. 

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Jessica Flint

Trust Appointed  Governor Jess is an Assistant Headteacher at Onslow St Audrey secondary school. 
 0z7a4605Sarah King Headteacher (De Havilland) Sarah is the Headteacher of De Havilland Primary. Previously a longstanding member of the Senior Leadership Team, Sarah specialises in the Early Years but has taught across Key Stage 1, 2 & 3. Sarah knew from a very early age that she only ever wanted to teach and her motivation for this continues to be – to make a positive difference to as many lives as she can. 


Christine McLintock



Christine is the Chair of the School Board and oversees the work of the other Governors. Christine has been a secondary school Headteacher for 19 years and has been teaching for 34 years in a wide variety of schools in different parts of the country.


Tina Nowell

Headteacher (Jupiter) 

Tina is currently the Interim Headteacher at Jupiter Primary School. Over the past few years, Tina has enjoyed supporting and leading a wide variety of primary schools, from half-form to four-form entry, both church and non-church schools and across four counties. Tina’s substantive headship was at Beaufort School in Woking, Surrey, where she remains a 'member' of the Swan Trust. 

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Joanna Pilarska

Elected Parent Governor Joanna Pilarska is the parent of a Y1 child. She is a civil engineer experienced in both project management and detailed design of engineering projects. Interdisciplinary communication, people management, and planning are amongst the skills she has relevant to the school context.  

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Leonor Silva De Mattos

Elected Parent Governor Leonor's background is in teaching. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire where she also manages a large international programme of business with over 500 students from all over the world. 

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Jan Stevens 

Vice Chair


Jan is a semi-retired secondary Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Jan's passion lies in safeguarding children and suporting Children Looked After.  She continues to work part time for Hertfordshire Virtual School.