For queries and concerns regarding Safeguarding, please contact Liam Bampton, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

For further information about about the school curriculum, please contact Louise Marsh

"The staff are friendly and approachable and deal effectively with concerns" - Parental quote to Ofsted, March 2018

Report Absence


We have changed our system for reporting absence.  If you know your son or daughter is going to be absent please use one of the following methods to inform us:

If leaving a telephone or email message please include the following information

  • The name, form and year group of your child
  • Your name and contact details
  • Reason for absence
  • Expected date of return
  • Please inform us for each day of absence

Please only contact your child's Year Team if your child needs to leave during the school day for an appointment.


Students, please email before 8:30 each morning of your absence.

Copy your teachers and parents into the email.

A parent will need to confirm they are aware of this absence.

Year Teams 2021-2022

Year 7

Head of Student Progress: Andy Ransome - - 01865 765726 x 313

Pastoral Leader: Vicki Allsworth - - 01865 759278

Year 8

Head of Student Progress: Tom Stacey - - 01865 755278

Pastoral Leader: Rachael Clear - - 01865 755272

Year 9

Head of Student Progress: Becky Robson -  – 01865 759279

Pastoral Leader: Tom Haines - - 01865 755256

Year 10

Head of Student Progress: Andrew Olubodun -  – 01865 755271

Pastoral Leader: Lee Fieldwick - - 01865 755202

Year 11

Head of Student Progress: Lucy Payne (nee Jackson)  - – 01865 755236

Pastoral Leader: Molly Yalci- – 01865 755238

Sixth Form

Head of Student Progress:  Kate Hackett - - 01865 759277

Pastoral Leader: Sarah Warbrick - - 01865 755306

Pastoral Assistant: Jaqui Dearden - 01865 755268

Senior Leadership Team

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Rob Pavey - Head Teacher

Cheney is a wonderful place to work, with excellent colleagues, independent-minded students and a very diverse community around it, and it is a very great pleasure to be the headteacher. In my previous roles, I worked in a very wide range of schools, State and independent, boarding and day; most recently, I was Vice Principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy in West London, and before that, I was Head of Sixth Form at Magdalen College School. I therefore have very recent experience of helping young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to achieve their full potential. Before becoming a teacher, I had a career as an infantry officer in the British Army, and running a mine clearance programme in Afghanistan.

Hugh Nelson
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
Louise Marsh - Deputy Head

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 nine 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
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 joined Cheney in 2017 after having worked in several local Oxford schools as the Head of English; 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 to have transitioned to the pastoral side of the school. I work 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 and Transition but was then 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 moved to Cheney School in 2011 as the Head of Science, having previously taught Science in schools in Hampshire and Dorset. In 2018 I joined the Senior Leadership Team as the Assistant Headteacher responsible for Inclusion, overseeing Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Pupil Premium and our enhanced provision in Cheney Plus and School Within a School. 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.

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.

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 as possible are available.

General Enquiries

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