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 Onslow St Audrey's Secondary 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


Catherine Rendell - Chair of Governors |  Jan Stevens - Vice Chair (Safeguarding & Attendance Lead)  |  Julie Jones - Headteacher at Onslow St Audrey's  |  Sarah King - Headteacher at De Havilland Primary School  |  Joe Cresswell - Staff Governor | Dora Hotzi - Parent Governor 

Who we are

Joe cresswell

Joe Cresswell

Elected Staff Governor

Appointed on 22.11.21

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. 
Francisca Fashesin-Souza Akala

Appointed Governor

Appointed on 12.03.24


Simon Freeman


Parent Governor (at Onslow St Audreys)

Appointed on 01.03.24


David Hale 


Appointed Governor

Appointed on 23.05.24


Mark Holloway

Appointed Governor

Appointed on 01.02.24


Dora Hotzi

Parent Governor 

Appointed on 24.01.24


Julie jones

Julie Jones

Headteacher (Onslow St Audrey's)

Appointed on 01.01.23

Julie is the Headteacher of Onslow St Audrey's School.

Sarah king

Sarah King

Headteacher (De Havilland)

Appointed on 01.09.20

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. 

Catherine rendell

Cath Rendell

Chair of Governors

Appointed on 01.01.23

Catherine is our Chair of Governors. Catherine studied Law at Durham University. After working for the Law Commission on Family and Child Law, she embarked on a career in university legal education and training for law firms. She is a trained mediator. Catherine has wide experience of learning and teaching in Higher Education. She is currently a senior manager with responsibility for academic standards and quality at the University of Hertfordshire where she has a focus on prioritising diversity and inclusion and developing strategies to ensure the success of all students.

Jan stevens

Jan Stevens

Vice Chair

Appointed on 01.09.21

Jan is the Vice Chair of the  school board and is the link governor for Safeguarding, attendance and for Children Looked After. Jan worked in education for over 30 years, starting work as a Biology teacher for the London Borough of Barnet.  Before retiring in 2020, she was the Deputy Head at a large secondary school in south west Hertfordshire and also served for one term as an interim Headteacher. Currently she works as a part time Professional Partner for Hertfordshire Virtual School which oversees the education of children in care.

Jayne Watson

Appointed Governor

Appointed on 05.07.24


Claire Weetman

Staff Governor (Onslow St Audreys)

Appointed on 05.02.24