Like all schools, Cheney has faced of significant funding cuts and increased overheads. We are fortunate to have the support and expertise of our fantastic PTA, Cheney Friends, who work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds to support a range of projects in the school. Since March 2020, we have also run an annual, targetted, Fundraising Appeal, where we ask our community for financial support for a specific project or projects.
To find out how you can help, read on...
Help Fundraise with Cheney Friends
Fundraising is just one of the many ways Cheney Friends supports the school. From grand pianos to wood-turning lathes, library books to rowing blades, Cheney Friends support students' learning and improve the school environment through a range of fabulous fundraising initiatives.
Make a donation
Support our Fundraising Appeal by making a direct donation to Cheney Friends, with the option to Gift Aid. Donate here or through our Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) site.
Cheney School - Music and Drama departments' Fundraising Appeal
Cheney school are raising funds to buy musical instruments and equipment to upgrade facilities for the music and drama departments. Cheney school is proud of its diversity and its inclusive ethos, prioritising music and drama to further its cohesive and creative community. Pupils are given many opportunities to study music and drama and to take part in a wide range of concerts, productions and other events. The school has a large orchestra, girls’ and boys’ choirs, drumming and several other ensemble groups, and many students participate in piano and instrumental lessons.
The school is also expanding its music technology department, where students can gain equivalent GCSE and A level qualifications (with the same UCAS grade weightings). Students can develop skills, appreciation and understanding of all aspects of music and music production, and music technology is becoming a highly sought-after qualification for the workplace and for courses in higher education. It is an inclusive area of learning, open to pupils who may not have been able to learn a musical instrument and it works “to compliment many other qualifications through nurturing creativity, independence, teamwork, as well as IT, analytical and critical skills.” (Cheney Music department) .
Shop with any of the retailers listed on easyfundraising.org.uk, where we are listed as "Cheney School Association - Oxford, Headington", and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Cheney Friends, at no extra cost to you.
2020-21 Fundraising Appeal
Now, more than ever, we need help. We need to raise approximately £40,000 to provide the necessary classroom equipment for live-streaming/remote learning and to guarantee access to a lap-top for ALL our students.
Lack of individual access to lap-tops is one of our major barriers. This applies to submitting normal homework, as well as to preparing for future lockdowns or partial closures.
Of course, many of our students already have access to a lap-top, and we are enabling families to buy a basic Chromebook through school, at cost. However, to ensure that all of our students have the full access they need, we aim to purchase a device for all of our students who receive Free School Meals (currently just over 300).
We are therefore reaching out to our local and parent community, and businesses and organisations, to ask for their help to plug the gap and invest in the future of our school and young people - anyone can support us and it is no lie to say that every penny really does help.
How Can you Help?
All parents can now give a one off amount of up to £500 through Parent Pay - simply look out for the item called 'annual fundraising appeal' and donate your chosen amount.
Set up a Monthly Direct Debit
If you feel you could could support the school by giving us a monthly donation, you can do so by setting up a Direct Debit. This money will go into a central (but ring fenced) pot and in the medium term will be used for student lap-tops and the necessary classroom equipment to support remote learning.
Once we have reached our fundraising goal, the pot will be used for enhancing student experience: supporting students to go on trips, environmental improvement projects, purchase of additional resources, inviting guest speakers/performers to name a few.
Please use your last name as your reference on the Direct Debit form below.
Make a One-Off Payment
If you don't feel like you can give monthly, but would like to 'do your bit' maybe you would like to give a one off amount into our central pot? You can do so by bank transfer, using the reference 'D001'and your surname:
Lloyds Bank - Community Schools Alliance Trust
Sort Code: 30-80-45
Account No: 33978360
We also accept cheques made payable to Cheney School - please address to Laura Waller.
Please note that occasionally we may use monies donated for a specific project on other projects which are beneficial to the school and its students. By making a donation you agree to the school doing so.