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 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 announce that the we are holding a Festival of Ancient and Modern Science on Tuesday 7th February 2017, 3 - 7pm at Cheney School.

This event is a celebration of ancient and modern science and technology, and areas of the school will be themed on ancient and modern areas of scientific understanding and exploration! All visitors will be given a discovery booklet which they can get stamped for visiting the different areas. 

All ages are welcome to attend - there will be a very wide range of ancient and modern science activities and events suitable for every age range. School groups, including large ones, are very welcome to attend - please email to book. 

The Festival will be opened by Professor Robert Winston, and from 3 - 5.45pm there will be activities, demonstrations, stalls and exhibitions, and a walk-through exhibition in the Library. There will also be re-enactments, music and drama performances.  (Full programme available soon)

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are a bringing a school group. Author talks and Professor Winston do need to be booked, though, and can be done so by emailing, stating which talk(s) you would like to attend in the title.

You can see details of this and many other events and talks on the EOCCC website at

You can also click here  or below for full programme.