The Friends of The Cherwell School Oxford is an independent charity run by parents and former parents set up in June 2019. (Registered charity number 1183779).
Our sole objective is to raise funds to advance the education of the students at The Cherwell School Oxford, by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities for education and educational wellbeing at the school.
John Hemingway“Sue and I had two sons Dan and Luke at Cherwell in the late 1980s. After Dan was knocked off his bike and killed at the age of 19, we set up the annual Dan Hemingway Creativity Prize at the school in his memory, and have awarded it every year since 1992. So over the last three decades we’ve met countless final year Cherwell students and learned at first hand what talented and well rounded young people the school turns out. It is truly a remarkable school.”
Alex Thomas“I’m an engineer living in Summertown with Iryna and our three children (one currently at Cherwell with two more to follow in his footsteps). Cherwell school has been supporting the community for nearly 60 years with results that place it consistently within the national top 2% of secondary schools. As current Chair of the PTA, I aim to bring parents together to actively support the staff and our kids in this outstanding achievement.”
Catherine Aldridge“I’m a Year 8 parent at Cherwell and also this year joined the school staff as a teaching assistant in Maths and Science. In my earlier career I spent over 20 years as a professional fundraiser, with particular expertise in raising money from large trust funds and funding bodies. All my charitable work has been for projects in education and for young people. So hopefully some of that experience can help us win grants for the refurbishment of the libraries and potential major projects to develop sports and performance hall facilities.”
Niall McWilliams“I’m a former Deputy Head of Cherwell and spent 18 years on the teaching staff. So as a parent of five boys too, I’ve seen at first hand the value of helping young people realise their full potential, and the vital importance that a great learning environment plays in helping them achieve this. I am passionate about ensuring our students get the best learning facilities we can provide. Cherwell School has a special place in my heart and I am proud to be a Friend of Cherwell.”
Jackie Weaver“I’ve lived in Summertown for most of my adult life, and was a Cherwell parent for a continuous period of 18 years (1985-2003). I’ve always been impressed by the way the school has continued to provide an excellent education despite the many challenges facing State schools; and my four children, now in their 30s/40s, would agree that they’ve benefited enormously, and in many different ways, from the time they spent there.”
Jennifer Ingham“I began my career in the US as a high school English teacher and am now currently the Lettings Manager at Cherwell and a Year 8 parent. A proud mum of three, I have been a PTA leader in Oxford for over 8 years. I’ve always believed that we need to invest in our children by providing them with the best education, but we all know how constrained schools are by their budgets. The education that Cherwell students receive is extraordinary, and I am excited to join The Friends and help provide the school with the funds for extraordinary ways to deliver it.”