From DofE to Debating, Basketball to Baking and Korean to Cadet Force, our extra curricular clubs and activities are a different way to learn and develop key skills, meet new people and thrive, often in a less formal and more relaxed atmosphere.

We place great emphasis on educating the whole person. Education extends beyond the classroom and we are proud of our stimulating extra-curricular programme which encourages each student to follow their individual interests and to work with other students from across the school community. The extra-curricular activities we offer vary throughout the year and cover the broadest range of activities and interests. Students with a personal interest are encouraged to start a club and engage their peers with their specific interests.

All our normal club sessions are free.

The opportunities are there for students to take, the biggest problem will be having to choose. So, what will it be?

Classics at Cheney

Cheney is in the privileged position of being an Accredited Museum as well as hosting the Iris Classics Centre, a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions.

Classics at Cheney

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  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.



Debating is a longstanding, highly popular and growing extra-curricular activity here at Cheney. We have weekly debating clubs which cater for every year group. Some of these groups are led by Cheney Sixth Formers, while others are supported by our Oxford Union coach.

These clubs allow students to develop a number of valuable skills, including:

  • awareness of a wide range of issues in current affairs
  • ability to consider complex issues from many angles
  • ability to construct strong and considered arguments
  • confidence and skill in articulating opinions in public
  • respect for different perspectives and arguments
  • an ability to listen carefully and respond to others' views

All these important skills are harnessed in a supportive atmosphere where students work together. The weekly sessions are lively and engaging, with the issues explored carefully chosen to suit the age group. A very wide range of students take part and enjoy these clubs, and they are open to everyone.

As well as the weekly meetings in school, we also take part in many public competitions. Cheney is one of the strongest schools in the country in competitive debating.  In 2015, Lydia Day and Sarah Vickers won the English Speaking Union Debating Mace, coming first out of 350 schools in England.  Holly Napier and Anne Kimunguyi built on this achievement in 2016 by winning the South-East region in this competition.  Leonard Cowee and Barnaby Evans won the MCS Oxfordshire Debating competition in June 2016, and were finalists, alongside Hazel Loadman and Yasmin von Hauenschild in June 2017.  Cheney won the Oxfordshire Mock Magistrates’ Competition in 2015 and reached the 2016-17  National Final in Nottingham in March 2017.

Finally, we offer very a successful and popular programme of debating sessions and competitions for local primary schools, delivered by teams of committed Cheney debaters, which enable younger children to begin to develop the many skills debating encourages.

If you would like to know more about debating at Cheney, or a primary school who would like to take part in our debating offers for primaries, please get in touch with Mr David Gimson:

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The DofE at Cheney School provides an exciting opportunity to take part in a programme of activities that will develop the student as a whole in social interaction and team work. Our DofE page has full details: