Cheney School is delighted to announce that it has been awarded launch-aid funding from the grant-giving body Classics for All to develop a classics hub. The school has already become a strong centre for classics through the presence of the East Oxford Community Classics Centre, run by educational charity The Iris Project, which has been hosted on site since October 2013.
Through the classics centre, the school and wider community have been able to benefit from regular high profile festivals, events, workshops, talks, courses, projects and exhibitions.
This new grant will enable the school to build on this presence by turning Cheney into a centre for local pupils from schools across the city to attend GCSE and A level courses in Latin, Classical Greek and Classical Civilisation, as well as running two summer schools for primary and secondary school students to learn the ancient languages from scratch.
The school will also be using the grant to build strong links with feeder primary schools through classics activities and Latin lessons. The Iris Project, which runs the classics centre at Cheney, has been running a Literacy through Latin scheme in Oxford primary schools since 2006. From September 2015, these schools will be able to sit Entry Level Latin examinations at Cheney, as well as benefiting from the Museum aspect of the classics centre through artefact sessions and museum days held by the school.
The hub will be run by Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of The Iris Project and East Oxford Community Classics Centre, and supported by Cheney School Leadership and staff.
Sylvia Hawken, Deputy Head and David Gimson, Head of Higher Attainers and UCAS, said: "We are delighted that Cheney will become the home of the first Classics Hub in Oxford, we are sure it will enrich the education of both the students and the community in the wealth and breadth of activities and opportunities".