Cheney School

Cheney School

Primary Transition

Welcome to all Year 6 Students (and their Parents & Carers) soon to be joining the school.

Here at Cheney School, we have designed a thorough Transition programme for all new students, in order to make their start at Cheney as smooth as possible. Many of the students joining us will have already had an opportunity to visit the school already, as part of the many events we invite primary students from our local community to. These include a special visit by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Ancient Athens Day, and a special performance of Alice in Wonderland to name a few.

We regularly update this page with our planned Transition events, and include all the information students and parents need to know when starting here. We also have a list of frequently asked questions which you can read below.

We are also delighted to announce a Primary Outreach Scheme for local children and parents.  The scheme has been designed to be fun and engaging for puipils, to help demystify secondary schools and to raise aspiration and interest across and beyond the curriculum.  With this brochure, you will find a wide range of offerings across a range of subject areas, all designed carefully to provide lively, exciting and unusual educational experiences for primary pupils in a welcoming secondary school setting.

As a school, we are deeply committed to encouraging independent inquiry and learning; we also specialise in archaeology and the classical world. We are the only state school in the country to have our own museum which is part of the Arts Council Accreditation Scheme, and we are working to embed learning about objects from the past across our curriculum.

This brochure focuses on the work of Sir Arthur Evans, curator of the Ashmolean Museum between 1884 and 1908. Arthur Evans is best known for his excavations at Knossos in Crete, which led to the discovery of the Minoan Civilisation. For centuries, this civilization and its fabled labyrinth had been assumed to be myth, but this dedicated English archaeologist began an excavation which unearthed the remains of breath-taking palaces with beautiful, highly decorated frescoes and artefacts. He also found evidence of different writing systems and many other hallmarks of a highly advanced civilisation.

Throughout this booklet, as well as finding out about the many activities and workshops we are offering, you will be able to discover fascinating aspects of the Minoan Civilisation, details of competitions and ideas for further activities and discovery.

We hope that you will enjoy the theme of this brochure, and that you will come and visit us for some of the activities on offer. To book any activities, please email with the name of the activity in the title. Workshops held during the school day can be booked directly by schools; after-school opportunities can be booked by emailing or calling the School.

For further information about the museum and the classics centre at Cheney, please email Dr Lorna Robinson on or visit

The offerings are run and organised by Cheney School staff and the programme has been designed by Mr Gimson, Higher Attainers Co-ordinator and Dr L Robinson, Director of educational charity The Iris Project which has a base at Cheney School.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or feedback about anything we offer.

  • To find out more about our uniform requirements, including how to order our school blazer, click here.
  • If you would like to visit the school, please call on 01865 765 726 or email us at