Cheney School

Cheney School

Classics at Cheney

The Iris Classics Centre

The Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. 

Founded and run by educational charity The Iris Project (, the Centre provides a permanent presence within the school for all pupils to engage with the Classics in a range of different ways, and also provides an exciting and accessible place for visitors of all ages from the local community to experience Classics. 

We run annual community festivals, which have featured speakers such as Mary Beard, Bettany Hughes, Robert Winston, and Carol Ann Duffy, themed days, such as Ancient Astronomy and Roman Medicine, as well as a wide range of projects across subject areas, such Mosaics, Sundials and Classical-themed board game designs. 

The space is decorated with vivid murals and many other features which help make it a lively and engaging place for all ages. We have a large lending library and a wide range of original and replica artefacts, as well as a collection of games, activities and information booklets. 

We are very grateful to volunteers from the University of Oxford Faculty of Classics, other institutions and the wider community, who are involved in our many classes and events. 

upcoming events


We are delighted to be offering our fourth annual Classics Summer School this August at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney. It will take place on the mornings of 27, 28 and 29th August 2018. This year the summer school will be themed on the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts!

The format for each day will be as follows:

9 - 10.30 - Latin (ages 7 - 10); Latin (ages 11 - 14); Greek (ages 7 - 10); Greek (ages 11 - 14)

10.30 - 11.15 - refreshments and activities

11.15 - 12.45 - Latin (ages 7 - 10); Latin (ages 11 - 14); Greek (ages 7 - 10); Greek (ages 11 - 14)

The classes will be run by experienced teachers and will include activities as well as language learning. There will be themed activity stalls and refreshments between the morning classes.

If you would like your son/daughter to attend the summer school, you can book to attend by emailing and stating name, age, and which language class he/she would like to join for the duration of the summer school. Attendees need to choose one language they would like to learn for the duration of the school - either Latin or Greek - as each class builds on the previous one.

In order to cover our costs for this event, we are charging £20 per child for the summer school - please do get in touch if this cost is likely to be prohibitive. You can pay online at or pay on the door on the first morning of the summer school.

Please feel welcome to get in touch with any questions.

Leave. To Remain (An Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

Found In Translation Theatre Co. presents Leave. To Remain (An Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

Monday 16th July, 6 - 7.15pm

In an absurd alt-reality Brexit Britain, the Government has outsourced democracy to a TV voting show, pizza is banned for its foreign origins and a visa to France now costs 30 Euros (£300).

Eventually Dick has had enough and decides to rejoin the EU all by himself. But with anti-European inspectors, a chorus of Brexiteers and Ol' Nige out to get him, how will Dick fare? 

Based on Acharnians by Aristophanes, director Ollie Harrington's "original and naturally funny" script brings all the silliness and satire of ancient Greek comedy to contemporary Britain. 

Tickets: £5

Age: 14+ 

To book, please email