SCHOOL YEARS 2020-2022

By the end of the 2022 school year we will have raised over £100,000 for Cherwell to spend on making life better for its students. So far this has been put towards projects such as:

  • helping to provide every child in need with a Chromebook
  • refurbishing the South Site Library
  • creating a new North Site Library
  • adding extra outdoor seating and recreation areas
  • wall art displays in English, Maths and Science blocks
  • extra activity support for Y12 Finland Study Tour
  • ongoing project to renovate Science Ecology outdoor study area

Thank you to all our Friends for your fantastic support

Providing more Chromebooks

The Chromebook campaign was a huge success, providing hundreds of extra machines. They’ve been vital for students to access lessons during lockdown and self-isolation, and continue to be essential for work both in class and at home. Knowing that every child has access to a Chromebook has enabled the school to raise the level of its online capability, to benefit all its students.

Many thanks to Oxfordshire Community Foundation and the Doris Field Charitable Trust who gave us large grants to help, and many thanks from the school to Lucy Electric who generously donated 25 Chromebooks.

Refurbishing the South Site Library

Students on South Site can now enjoy a far more welcoming and better equipped library. It’s been redecorated, with new carpet, blinds and furniture, some Chromebooks for online research, and a growing selection of the latest books both fiction and non-fiction. Building and improving the collection is an ongoing commitment by The Friends.

Creating a new North Site Library

More good news is that a space was identified to convert a couple of little-used rooms in the art block into a new North Site Library, with a small sanctuary of calm for any student needing to take time out for a moment. The space was being used for overflow teaching capacity because of social distancing and zoning, but major conversion work has now been completed and the library can be enjoyed by all.

Adding extra outdoor seating

Sociable fresh air spaces are good for student well-being at all times, with or without a pandemic. So we’ve been helping the school to add a steady flow of new picnic tables and benches on both sites, and to repair and improve the seating area in the Humanities Garden.

Wall art displays in the English, Maths and Science blocks

In each teaching block, fantastic large wall displays bring subjects to life for the students, with engaging and memorable images. Bespoke designed wall graphics to help communicate the school’s values, inspire learning and add a ‘wow factor’ to the subject.

Transformational study trip to Finland and Estonia for 32 students

Year 12 students for whom travel would not normally be possible were funded by the Turing Scheme to spend two weeks in Finland and Estonia. This was partnered with local schools, learning about sustainability and culture and developing personal skills through group travel.

We provided additional funding to support their activities throughout the tour, to enhance their learning and study.

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