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Cheney School

Senior Leadership Team

A warm welcome from the Senior Leadership Team

Rupert Moreton - Head Teacher 

It is my great privilege to introduce myself as the new Head of Cheney School starting in September.  I am extremely excited to take on this position and build on Mrs Kirby’s strong work as she becomes the Chief Executive of the Community Schools Alliance Trust.  As a father of four children I believe that education is one of the most important gifts we can give.  My philosophy is that all young people have the right to achieve the best educational outcomes and to develop skills for lifelong learning through excellent teaching and learning.  I believe that academic excellence is based on effort that requires self-discipline, resilience and personal responsibility.  

Hugh Nelson - Deputy Head

I have been teaching since 1994 and at Cheney School since 2008.  I love working in a city comprehensive because no two days are the same.  Previously I taught at Waddesdon School near Aylesbury and Wexham School in Slough.  Although my specialism is History I am passionate about teaching and learning in general.   I believe that every student has the capacity to learn and achieve much more than they ever thought possible.  As important as qualifications are; I think it is even more important that schools work with students to become compassionate and caring individuals who do their best to be good people and support those around them.  If we think about it; we don’t really worry what grades our neighbours have, but we do want them to be good people to live next to

Louise Marsh - Deputy Head

I am very happy to be starting my sixth year at Cheney School as the Deputy Head leading Teaching and Learning.  Having left a career in legal and educational publishing to fulfil my ambition to become an English teacher, I then taught in London and elsewhere in Oxford before being drawn to the diversity and vibrancy of Cheney’s student and staff population.  Leading on Teaching and Learning allows me the privilege of supporting students to learn and achieve to the very best of their ability and to enable teachers to become even more effective at all stages of their career. I’m delighted to be part of the new Senior Leadership Team and look forward to a very happy and successful year.

Sue Smith (previously O'Keefe)

This is my 11th year as a member of the Leadership team at Cheney.  Time flies!  My current role is to lead the support teams in the form of SEND and Year teams to ensure every child at Cheney is happy and reaches their goals in life, whatever they may be.  I am lucky to be working alongside a dedicated team of teachers and support staff who all have the best interests of students at heart.  I live locally and it’s always a pleasure to meet parents and students outside of school and hear about their experiences at school as a student or as parents looking in from the outside.

Charlotte Broom - Assistant Head

I am really excited to be joining Cheney school after teaching in Oxford for the last 8 years in two local schools. Cheney has always been a school I have wanted to work out with because of the way Cheney celebrates young people to develop as confident, ambitious, reflective learners, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background. I have spent much of my professional career as Head of English, but have always been incredibly interested in Teaching and Learning, mentoring new and developing staff. I recently got married, and am still getting used to my new name of Broom- many staff and some students might know me as Miss Strange: I answer to either! 

Steve Palmer - Assistant Head

I have been at Cheney since 2007, when I joined as a Mathematics teacher.  Over the years I have enjoyed working in a school that has always been ambitious in helping students to excel in learning and be equipped for the rest of their lives.  I became Head of Mathematics five years ago, and am now Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for the Maths Faculty and for the Data Team.