We are working on this page... please be patient with us. In 2021, in line with our Environmental Policy, we aim to add sections on  Educational Aims, Resources, Fixtures and Fittings and Food.

Waste and Recycling

At Cheney, we strongly encourage staff and students to think sustainably.

Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair

We actively encourage students to recycle effectively in school and at home through discussion and messaging and by modelling correct behaviours.

In the canteen, we are trying hard to reduce our non-recyclable packaging and products and to move towards products made from recycled, recyclable and or biodegradable/compostable materials.

Thanks to regular monitoring provided by Oxford Direct Services, we were able to record a 25% reduction in our general waste from 2019-2020.

We are proud to be a public collection point for the Terracycle crisp-packet recycling scheme.

There are several water bottle refill stations on site and we expect all students to bring a refillable water bottle as part of their essential daily equipment.  This will reduce the demand for bottled water.


Energy Use

Did you know that Cheney School benefits from an extensive 90 kWp solar PV array on the roofs of the Lane, John Brookes and Russell buildings?

The panels are owned by Low Carbon Hub, Oxford who installed and maintain them and sell the zero carbon green energy to the school at a discount. This lowers both the carbon foot print of the school as well as the electricity bill. The ‘Feed in Tariff’ revenue goes to Low Carbon Hub, Oxford who invest in social and environmental projects around the city.

Cheney is also one of a handful of UK schools to be actively managing its energy... and achieving impressive reductions.

Since 2016 our Premises Team have been working on cutting energy costs and consumption, with the primary focus of preventing wasteful energy consumption overnight.

In the first year of this energy saving project, the average overnight electricity consumption decreased by 19.5%. This was achieved by analysing data from the main electricity meter and investigating unexpected peaks and patterns. The gas data was overlaid against external temperatures to ensure the boilers were operating correctly. Gas consumption decreased by 14%.

The financial savings from year 1 were reinvested to purchase sub-meters for all eight buildings at school. These are monitored daily and unexpected consumption can be traced to a specific building so that heating, lighting, ventilation and IT equipment can be investigated for faults or failed timer controls etc. and then corrected. This has driven further savings.

Some of the solutions thrown up by our analysis seem simple, but they really make a difference:

  • Reporting any broken heating, ventilation or cooling to Premises Team
  • Turning off all IT equipment at the end of the day and if possible over lunchtime
  • Printing and copying only when needed
  • Not bringing portable heating devices to school
  • Reporting any dripping taps or broken toilets to Premises Team
  • Turning lights off on sunny days
  • Turning lights off when vacating a room

We regularly monitor the impact of actions and projects on energy consumption, measure progress towards reduction targets and report to Governors.

Cheney School is an EnCO Registered Organisation

We are the first school and second organisation in the UK to achieve Energy Conscious Organisation status, the first being Rolls Royce.

Learning Environment (wildlife and biodiversity)

In an urban setting, with busy roads nearby, a large student body and limited green space, the Cheney school site is not the most hospitable for nature. However, we are gradually making progress in making the site more inviting, identifying and valuing our precious resources, improving biodiversity through planting, protection and management and creating a range of habitats.

biodiversity plan


At Cheney School, students are expected to make their own way to school - it is good for them and good for the planet.

We strongly discourage dropping students off by car, unless there are special circumstances. If your child has a specific need, you can bring them into the school car park to drop them off safely. We recognise that some students have no alternative but to come by car, but we feel that others may do so because of lack of information about, or lack of confidence in the available alternatives. We are keen to promote the alternatives and to help students choose more sustainable forms of transport.

Given the large volume of bicycles and pedestrians arriving and leaving the school, there is a risk of accidents, especially at the junction of Cheney Lane and Warneford Lane. If, on occasion, it is absolutely essential to drop off or collect your child by car, we urge you to park on Warneford Lane in the parking spaces provided, rather than on the cycle lane at the junction with Cheney Lane or directly outside the school gates on Cheney Lane.

If you are dropping off on Warneford Lane, please turn off your engine and refrain from idling, in consideration of pedestrians and cyclists in the immediate vicinity.

Cycling or Walking to School

Please encourage your children to walk or cycle along the quietest routes to minimise their exposure to air pollution.

Students cycling to school are urged to wear helmets, and we welcome your support in encouraging your child to wear a helmet every time they cycle. Wearing one yourself sets a good example. It is also really important to regularly check your bike; as a guide here is a Sustrans CHECKLIST and an informative VIDEO to help.

Cycle racks for students are located by the student entrance on Gipsy Lane and are kept under surveillance and locked during the school day.

The THINK campaign offers information and videos on cycle safety as does SUSTRANS, whilst BIKEABILITY is a national cycling proficiency scheme and complements any training pupils may have received in primary school.

The Highway Code offers information and safety advice for walkers as do the Ramblers. We encourage children to walk together when and where possible and wear visible clothing in the winter months.

Going by Bus

The timetables of buses serving Cheney School can be found on the bus company websites:

Oxford Bus Company   Stagecoach Buses

The KEY CARD is a prepaid travel card that can be topped up at any time and can be cancelled and replaced if it is lost, stolen or damaged. Go to one of the Oxford Bus Company’s travel shops (at 89 Gloucester Green or 44–45 High Street) or go online.

The following sections are coming soon...

Educational Aims


Fixtures and Fittings