"You and your new leadership team have revitalised your staff" - Ofsted 2018
Rob Pavey - 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 Mr Moreton's strong work. I am enormously privileged to be joining Cheney School, with its long history of strong community links and inclusive education for the young people of Oxford. I am proud to become part of such a successful team, which has already done so much to take Cheney from strength to strength. I fully intend to continue this excellent tradition and to build on the best practice which already exists within the staff, the students, the parents and carers and the local community. Most recently, I have been Vice Principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy in West London, and before that, I was Head of Sixth Form at Magdalen College School in Oxford. I therefore have very recent experience of helping young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to achieve their full potential. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the school, the students and the parents and carers over the coming months, both formally and informally.
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
I'm delighted to be welcoming you to Cheney School as Deputy Head leading Teaching and Learning. Like many of our staff, I was drawn to Cheney by its diversity and have now spent eight years here, enjoying it too much to leave! After studying English Literature at university, I worked in legal and educational publishing in London before deciding on a career change and achieving my long-held ambition to become an English teacher. I then taught in London and elsewhere in Oxford and have held other roles including being responsible for teacher training and for whole school literacy. I live locally and am absolutely dedicated to ensuring our students and staff have a positive and productive experience as parts of our community.
Saima Hussain - Assistant Head
I have been teaching Mathematics since 2012 and have developed my skills with student progress and equal opportunities for all being my driving force. I joined Cheney School in 2020 as the Head of Maths and Associate Assistant Principal in charge of Data and Exams, having previously worked in various roles, e.g. teacher, mentor, deputy and Head of Maths. I am passionate about supporting our students in developing their understanding in various subjects and being able to open new windows and experiences for them to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Having supportive teachers has led me to be the teacher that I am today, and I hope to instil the same passion in the students at Cheney School.
Charlotte Broom - Assistant Head
I am really excited to be starting my fourth year at Cheney school as an Assistant Head and my first year as a new mum. I have worked in several local Oxford schools as the Head of English, but it is the diversity of the Cheney school community that makes me jump out of bed every day, excited to come to school. Despite a traditional academic career route, I am excited that this year I will be transitioning to the pastoral side of the school. I will be working closely with the Year Teams, focussing on how we can support students in making excellent progress across all of their subjects. In addition to that, I hope to remain being a source of uncool enthusiasm across the school.
Liam Bampton - Assistant Head
I joined Cheney School In 2016 and I love every second being here. I started as Head of Year 7 end Transition but then was appointed as Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Pastoral Care. I am now taking on the post of Assistant Headteacher for Student Welfare. This role overseas safeguarding, mental health support and children we care for.
I have been a Pastoral Leader in Buckinghamshire and Brent for over 6 years. This role provides me with the opportunity to work with our students, their families and outside agencies to support our young people to reach their aspirations and goals. Alongside this, I guest lecture at Oxford, Cardiff and London Metropolitan University on Safeguarding , Pastoral Care and Behaviour Management .
Cheney has a dedicated team of teachers and support staff that have the pastoral care of their students at the forefront of all that they do. It is an exciting place to be and I cannot wait to see what this academic year brings.
Louise Elias - Assistant Head
I have been teaching Chemistry since 2005 and joined Cheney School in 2011 as the Head of Science. I have really enjoyed working in such a vibrant and dynamic school for the past seven years, and I’m excited to join the Senior Leadership Team as the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Pupil Premium and Cheney Plus. I believe in building a community school that meets the needs of its diverse student body, which strives for the very best outcomes for every student, and is enjoyable to attend every day for students and staff alike.
Emma Hart - Associate member of SLT / Head of PE / Head of transition
I have been teaching at Cheney School since 2000 and absolutely love my job. As an associate member of SLT, I am Head of PE with additional responsibility for transition into Year 7. I am passionate about every student fulfilling their potential and ambitions. I work closely with the students, teachers and community to ensure that as many extra curricular opportunities are available as possible.
Robert Bown - Associate Member of the Senior Leadership Team
I began my teaching career in Bedfordshire and then moved to Oxford and taught for two years at Matthew Arnold before moving to Cheney in 2009. Cheney is my local school and my children are in years 10 and 11. I love teaching at Cheney. There are certain values that are reflected in the way we are structured. We are inclusive — there for everybody in the local community. We respect diversity — we are as diverse as the local population. We are egalitarian — all students receive equality of support and challenge regardless of their wealth. All students are encouraged to strive to be the best they can — regardless of their ability and attitude to learning. Cheney school is a true comprehensive — it’s a little snapshot of England. I am a languages teacher and I oversee the induction of our newly qualified and trainee teachers. I am also senior link for humanities, creative arts, PSHE and citizenship. I am passionate about Cheney as a school which not only helps students get excellent qualifications but also prepares them to reach their potential as good citizens, good employees and good parents.