"You and your new leadership team have revitalised your staff" - Ofsted 2018
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
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.
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.
Liam Bampton - Assistant Head
This is my second year at Cheney School and I love every second being here. I have recently been appointed as Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Pastoral Care. I have been a Pastoral Leader in Buckinghamshire and Brent for the past 5 years. My current 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. 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.