Welcome to Cheney School
The staff and students at Cheney School warmly welcome you to our Virtual Open Event.
A Message from Mr Pavey
We are a school: we will educate a new generation to view the world critically, make their own decisions, and act in a way that benefits the wider community, not just themselves. This is summed up in our motto:
“think for yourself, act for others”
Cheney is a genuinely comprehensive school, in the best sense of the term, with a fully inclusive intake, which represents not just our catchment area, but also modern Britain. The ideals of the comprehensive movement have been met in Cheney, in a way that is very rare.
We value creativity over conformity; education over league tables; the needs of students over data; self-discipline over sanctions; nuance over simplification; curiosity over acceptance; honesty over reassurance; the judgement of our community over the judgement of the official world. We value emotional intelligence equally to academic intelligence; well-being equally to success; self-knowledge to factual knowledge; humanity to rigour.
This is not to say that the things we value less are worthless; in their place, and in their time, quite the reverse. In fact, we believe that if we get the first things right, the second will follow.
I hope that these pages will help you discover what Cheney School can offer your child and what makes us unique. You can hear from past Year 7 students, take a virtual tour and listen to me answer some frequently asked questions. Our faculty and pastoral staff have made a series of short videos about their specialist areas, which you can access through the map below.
I hope you enjoy your visit.
What our Year 7 students have to say
Read and listen to Year 7 students as they share their thoughts and impressions of starting Cheney and give a few tips!
"Try your best. there are so many nice people at Cheney and you can make so many new friends"
"I like the library: they have lots of books and it's quiet, so you can read"
Find your way around with our whistle-stop virtual tour.
"You may not be with your friends from primary school in your classes but you can still make new friends."
"I like how different Cheney is to primary"
"The school may look big but after a week you will know where everything is"
Enjoy a photo-tour
Discover what happens where and get a sense of Cheney life with photos from our archive.
"Don't be scared to ask a teacher if you are lost."
"Put yourself out there and be the best version of yourself because it really pays off"
Explore what makes Cheney unique
Take a moment to explore some of what makes Cheney special.