Leadership and Management

Executive Leadership

Cheam Academies Network Trust runs Cheam High School through the work of the Executive Principal and the Headteacher of the school. The Directors and Governors hold the Executive Principal and Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and its overall provision.   Both the Executive Principal and Headteacher sit on the Local Governing Body and Board of Directors; both are also responsible for various aspects of the work of the school, working closely together to maintain high standards and best practice. 

School Leadership and Management structure

The school has a clearly defined structure to hold staff accountable for their work, and to support the development of best practice.  The following is a brief overview of the main structures in the school.

Leadership Team

The Executive Principal and Headteacher are responsible for the overall work of the school with the Headteacher line-managing other members of the leadership team as well as leading team meetings.  Each member of the Leadership Team takes responsibility for specific aspects of the school's work, reporting back on progress to the Headteacher or Executive Principal as appropriate.  The Directors of the Trust authorise both the Executive Principal and Headteacher to undertake duties associated with the role of Headteacher of Cheam High School. 

The Leadership Team consists of the Executive Principal, Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and the Bursar.  Each team in the school is line managed by a member of the Leadership Team.

Academic Structure - subjects and departments

All subject areas have a Subject Leader or equivalent who is responsible for the teaching and learning within that area. Larger departments such as Mathematics, Science, English, Modern Languages and Technology will also have other members of staff responsible for a particular aspect of the work of the department. Each Subject Leader reports directly to a Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher.

Further information on the work of departments can be found under the Curriculum area on the website.

Should you have any enquiries about specific subject areas you should contact the Subject Leader. The Staffing Information page gives you the name of the member of staff responsible and contact details.

Pastoral Structure

Each year group has a Year Leader and/or Director, Year Managers, Year Tutors and Pastoral or Learning Mentors.  This team takes overall responsibility for the progress, attendance, behaviour and dress of the year group.  Each year team reports to a member of the Leadership Team. 

Further information on the work of the year teams can be found under the Your Child heading on the website for Years 7 - 11, or in the Post 16 section for Years 12-13.

If you have any concerns about your child's progress or well-being, you can contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. Alternatively, you may wish to speak directly to the Year Leader or Year Manager. General contact information is found under the Staffing Information on the website. 

Other roles

There are also other teams who take particular responsibility for groups of students.  Examples of these include: More Able, Gifted and Talented students; students with Special Educational Needs; students in receipt of Pupil Premium; Looked After Children; Students with English as an Additional Language. 

Further information on work related to different groups of students can be found on the website eg Curriculum area for MAGT and SEN.  As with other teams, each of these areas are line managed by a member of the Leadership Team.

Support staff in the school

Support Staff work closely with teachers and the Leadership Team in a wide range of roles.  They are an invaluable part of school staffing and make a major contribution to the success of the school and its student body.  Each team reports directly to a member of the Leadership Team.

Support staff work includes:

  • support for learning in the classroom, through withdrawal or intervention groups and through the Learning Resources Centre
  • social, emotional and mental health support work
  • administrative and technical support
  • site safety and cleanliness work