Meet the SLT

Mrs Joanne McKeown - Headteacher

Jo Mckeown

I feel very privileged to be Headteacher here at Chichester High School. I have been a part of this community for the last 16 years and leading the school at this exciting time is a real joy.

I hold a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and the Study of Religions, PGCE and NPQH and have enjoyed several senior roles at the Chichester High Schools over the past 16 years, including Head of Humanities, Head of Sixth Form and Head of School.

Prior to working in Chichester, I worked as a Head of Department in a Portsmouth School after gaining my QTS and working at a large High School in Dorset for my first couple of years teaching. Prior to my teaching career, I did have the opportunity to work as Cabin Crew, gaining some invaluable life skills, and of course, travelling the world!

Working closely with our pupils so that each individual achieves their best and ensuring that every member of our community leaves a positive legacy is central to my educational values. Education is about supporting our young people to become positive members of our local, national, and international communities. All of our pupils absolutely deserve the very best experience at School, both inside and outside the classroom and we are dedicated to providing that here at Chichester High School.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the year at our many different events.

Mrs Naomi Lewry - Deputy Headteacher

Naomi lewryI am a qualified teacher with an upper second class honours degree in English. I am passionate about reading and thoroughly enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for books and Literature with all my students. I have been teaching for many years and have taught in a number of schools across the county.

I joined CHSB in January 2009 and, after four years as Head of the English Department, I was very proud to secure the position of Vice Principal. In my current role, I am responsible for behaviour in school, the pastoral system and Literacy across the school . I also work closely with subject leaders to ensure all of our students make excellent progress in their lessons.

In my role as Deputy Headteacher, I am very much looking forward to the new and exciting challenges.

Mr Tom Brixey - Deputy Headteacher

Mr tom brixey deputy headteacherIt is a real honour to be Deputy Headteacher at Chichester High School. I am really looking forward to being part of the continued development of a school leading on pastoral care and curriculum.

Academically, I hold a BA(Hons) in History from Leeds University and completed my PGCE at the University of Chichester in 2004. Professionally I have worked in schools across West Sussex leading History and Humanities teams. I have come to Chichester from a post as Assistant Headteacher at The Weald School in Billingshurst. For fun I’m an active member of Chichester Hockey Club, love to ride my mountain bike and spend time with my family.

As an ex-student of Chichester High School for Boys I enjoyed my school days, but it is great to see things have changed.  The children of the city are so well served now by a modern, forward looking, inclusive, mixed, popular and growing comprehensive school. Being part of leading this for the children and people of Chichester and the surrounding area is both an honour and a privilege.

Ms Vickie Smith - Vice Principal/Head of Sixth Form

Vickie smithI started teaching at Chichester High School for Girls in September 2008 as the Head of Drama. In 2015 I was promoted to Vice Principal with responsibility as Head of CHS Sixth Form.  I am also responsible for line managing Drama, Media Studies, Music and Performing Arts; being a Drama Teacher, it is satisfying to be able to see these departments progressing further.

I studied Drama Secondary Education for 4 years at UWIC, Cardiff and left with a second class degree. Having taught in a mixed school for 5 years, before beginning at CHSG, I am excited to be part of the new High School and look forward to the journey ahead.

Mr Terry Waller - Vice Principal

Terry wallerI am a qualified Mathematics teacher, gaining my BSc (Hons) Mathematical Science degree at City University in London.

I joined a Chartered Accountancy firm in central London for three years then completed my PGCE at Chichester University in 1993.

I have taught in several schools across Hampshire and West Sussex, working at different Leadership levels.

In my role as Vice Principal at Chichester High School, I am responsible for Assessment and Reporting with a particular oversight of KS4 and Year 10.

I feel proud to be part of a fantastic team who will ensure your child has a wonderful experience at secondary school.

Mrs Julie Silcock - Vice Principal

Julie silcockI have enjoyed teaching History at Chichester High School for over twenty years and working with many talented and committed staff and pupils.

I have a BA (Hons) in History from Bangor University, UCNW and completed my PGCE in 1992 at the West Sussex Institute for Higher Education.  I have been Head of Department both in History and the Humanities Faculty for 12 years. In recent years, I have also been a Governor at the school.

As a Vice Principal, I have responsibility for the KS3 curriculum and assessment, this also incorporates transition from primary schools and careers. 

I am excited about the future for Chichester High School and I am delighted to play a part in its evolving history at the heart of Chichester’s education.

Mr Mark Johnson - Vice Principal/Curriculum Lead

Mark johnsonIn my role as Vice Principal at Chichester High School I am responsible for leading the Science and Maths teaching team.  In addition to this, I create and manage the school curriculum and timetable. 

In 1994 I graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Sussex University. I then worked as a Design Engineer until I qualified as a secondary school Maths teacher in 2000.

I became Head of Maths at Chichester High School for Girls in 2006 and subsequently became Head of Maths at the new Chichester High School in September 2016.

I look forward to working within the Chichester High School team to ensure that all students enjoy their school experience and leave with all the tools needed for a successful future.

Mr Andy Davies - Vice Principal

Andy davies

I am a qualified Design and Technology teacher, gaining my degree at Brighton University. It was at Brighton that I also qualified with my PGCE. Over the last 26 years I have taught at five comprehensive schools and for the last thirteen years worked as an Assistant Headteacher and now a Vice Principal. During that time, I gained my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

In my current role I lead the SCITT Programme for the Coast and am the Teaching Schools Alliance Lead for the South Coast. I currently deliver the following courses: Recently Qualified Teacher Course, The Leadership in Action and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders. At Chichester High School I am directly responsible for Continuing Professional Development, Subject Network Meetings, and oversee the NQT Programme.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and very proud to work in a school with such dedicated, hard-working teachers. Our Outstanding Ofsted status is testimony to their commitment to ensure that every student reaches their true potential. Chichester High School is an exciting and innovative school to work at and I look forward to the next stage in our journey. There is a great sense of collaboration and comradery at all levels and the teachers and the students have an amazingly strong working relationship.

Mrs Andrea Sweeney - Business Manager

Andrea sweeney I gained my B.Ed degree at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (now the University of Chichester) and worked in the Treasurer’s Department of West Sussex County Council and a private accountancy practice in Bognor Regis until I had my two sons. 

When my youngest son started school, in 1991, I began working at Chichester High School for Girls in the finance department and then became Bursar/Secretary/Clerk to the Governors at Cornfield School in Littlehampton. 

Three years later I returned to Chichester High School for Girls as Bursar and gained the Certificate in School Business Management. 

I became Business Manager in 2006 and a member of the Senior Leadership Team and then Business Manager of Chichester High School.