Cheney School

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Cheney School
Cheney School.JPG
Established 1797
Type Academy
Headteacher Jolie Kirby
Location Cheney Lane
Coordinates: 51°45′11″N 1°13′20″W / 51.752944°N 1.222168°W / 51.752944; -1.222168
DfE number 931/4120
DfE URN 139146 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1470
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Cheney School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Headington, Oxford, England. It serves the Headington and East Oxford area as a destination for students from primary schools across the city.[1] The head-teacher, Jolie Kirby, was appointed in 2006 when Alan Lane retired after 25 years service.


The foundation was around 1797. It then moved to New Inn Hall Street in 1901 under the name of Oxford Central Girls School. The building it occupied at that time is now part of St Peter's College of Oxford University. Eventually the school became Cheney Girls' School. The Junior Day Department of the Oxford Technical College moved to the same site under the name Cheney School, a mixed secondary technical school. Together they were usually known as Cheney Mixed. In 1972 the two schools merged to form the new mixed comprehensive school, Cheney School. In 2003, Cheney School changed from being upper school, for children aged 13 to 18, to a secondary school serving children aged 11 to 18, in the two tier system. In January 2013, the school become an academy.


The school has around 1500 pupils, aged 11–18.


In 2009 Cheney School adopted a house system. These are called colleges.

There are five colleges (with their colours in brackets):

  • Jesse Owens college (blue)
  • Isaac Newton college (purple)
  • Marie Curie college (red)
  • Jane Austen college (green)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. college (yellow)

The school formerly had a sixth college, Rosa Parks college (orange), which was removed in January 2016.

Specialist Status[edit]

When the UK government began awarding grants to schools specialising in areas of the curriculum, Cheney School decided to become a Language College. Using the grant money, they built a language computer laboratory and added extra in-classroom IT equipment.

Cheney School was awarded a second specialism and picked Student Leadership, which enables more "Student Leaders" (mostly in sports and languages), and concentrates primarily on the student voice.

Cheney School is host to and also partner organisation for the East Oxford Community Classics Centre which is founded and run by The Iris Project

Notable former students[edit]


  • Chadwick (English, Art, PSHE, PE Offices)
  • Wainright (Maths, Science), school library, reception and medical room
  • Lane (History, Geography, Languages, RE)
  • John Brookes (DT, ICT, Business & Enterprise)
  • Russell (Science)
  • Music (Music)
  • Sports Hall/Gymnasium (PE)
  • Brighouse (Science, Maths)
  • Music is attached to the Assembly Hall and the Community Hall

The Brighouse building was opened in November 2016, and is named after Sir Tim Brighouse.[4]


  1. ^ "Cheney School catchment area" (PDF). Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Biography of Danny Dorling" (PDF). Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "New science block at Cheney School will inspire next generation". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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