Enrichment is an important part of life at Cherwell College, keeping the students busy all year round: from professorial talks & lectures, debate workshops to cultural tours & visits, sports, and student-led clubs.
This wholesome approach to education does not stop within the Cherwell walls – young Cherwellians hope to resume their Oxford Union membership and visits to the public lectures at the Oxford University Colleges as soon as they are allowed to do so.
Furthermore, Cherwell College offers its students a chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Scheme – an internationally recognised youth achievement award.
PROFESSORIAL TALKS & LECTURES
Professorial talks and lectures are aimed to provide students with thought-provoking discussions for an all-rounded academic development. The College’s programme of events includes talks by prominent economists, journalists, and academics on various topics ranging from Science, Literature, Technology, AI, Law, Politics and Current Affairs at Cherwell and at the colleges of the University of Oxford.
The workshops are intended for students interested in exploring the art of debating and public speaking. These bi-weekly introductory workshops are run each Michaelmas (Autumn) Term by experienced Oxford Union debaters specifically for Cherwell students.
Those students who are interested in attending and honing their debating skills beyond Michaelmas (Autumn) Term also have an opportunity to join weekly workshops at the Oxford Union attended and run by undergraduate students.
CULTURAL TOURS & VISITS
Throughout the academic year, a variety of school trips are run, including educational tours to London, Warwick Castle, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Cardiff Castle, Blenheim Palace as well as visits to local Oxford museums and theatres.
Students of Cherwell have an option to become members of local gyms and pursue personalised fitness programmes. During the evenings after study, sporting activities such as badminton, football, basketball, pool, chess, board games are available. The College has its own exercise/gym room for boarding students.
Throughout each academic year, the College encourages interested students to establish Science, Literary, Languages, and Current Affairs Clubs with weekly meetings and mid-termly presentations on a research topic or an area of interest.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Cherwell College Oxford proudly offers its students an opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Scheme, which is an internationally recognised youth achievement award launched in 1954 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with a view to promote young people’s all-round development, outside of the classroom environment. The programmes are offered at Bronze, Silver, and Gold level, depending on age group and duration.
Each scheme consists of 4 core sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential (at Gold level only). It is a fantastic opportunity to obtain a formal recognition in a range of extra-curricular activities. Recognised achievement awards are viewed very beneficially by prospective universities and employers.
We strongly support and believe in the unique development of each individual, and strive to ensure that all of our students achieve their fullest potential by providing a positive learning environment that encourages confidence, discipline and ability to think independently.
Life at Cherwell
Life at Cherwell is busy!
Here are some of the popular activities and student-led clubs at Cherwell College Oxford.
Every extra-curricular event is intended to spark curiosity and engage the students in developing knowledge and interest in a broad range of subjects not necessarily related to their main disciplines, but which are vitally important to provide an all-round education and erudition to prepare for a fulfilling life in the ever-changing world they find themselves part of.
Led and moderated by one of Cherwell’s esteemed tutors – Sean Murphy, a former BBC researcher, writer and historian, Debate & Current Affairs Club servers as a forum to explore and discuss ideas, current affairs and issues affecting our society today.
Some of the topics discussed during the recent (virtual) Debate & Current Affairs Club meetings included:
- How the race for renewable energy is reshaping global politics? – following an article published in FT.
- Should the statues of racist historical figures be torn down? – a topic which sparked controversy over the prudence of the removal of the Cecil Rhodes’ statue and plague from the University College buildings.
- Is death penalty appropriate in a civil, democratic society?
- Does male dominance in society prevent the strengthening of laws to protect women in the home, the workplace and in the public sphere?
- Following the recent Harry and Megan interview with Oprah, does the monarchy need to be modernised?
- Do you think the socio-economic and environmental impact of HS2’s construction will be worth the long-term benefits of having a high-speed rail project like this?
Many of our students are rather keen chess players, often playing after dinner or during lunch and even taking up chess as a qualifying activity for their ‘Skills’ section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We are also lucky to have a chess champion among our tutors! Mark Hannon is not only an excellent Mathematics teacher but also a brilliant chess and Xiangqi (Chinese chess) player, and can often be found playing against our students during term time (and, it has to be said, winning). He is always keen to give tips and guidance on how to learn and master the game.
Science Club is founded upon the routine of a bi-weekly meetings for the science-orientated students of Cherwell College. Under the expert supervision of the Cherwell College academic team, it presents the opportunity for these students to research and deliver in-depth presentations on innovation in the fields of science and technology. Students use this platform to talk about their interests, hone their communication skills and sharpen their research skills.
One of the key dates in the Cherwell College Science Club calendar is the annual series of student presentations, delivered to an audience of students, staff, and specially invited external guests. This event requires of the students a precocious level of dedication, scientific insight, and confidence with public speaking.
Music Club is quite popular among our students. You can master your skills in playing the guitar, the drums or the piano. If you have a lovely voice, you can practice in our music room as well.
Every party we enjoy the creativity of our musicians and singers. What a fun to do it together with your friends!
It has often been said that if walking was a medicine then it would be prescribed to everyone. From Aristotle to Einstein, walking has been an important routine for many with a great mind. That is why our students like to regularly make the most of the beautiful parks in Oxford by taking a break, getting out there and having a healthy walk.
Would you consider yourself something of a polymath? Then we would love you to join our quiz team! Each year the CIFE colleges gather together at a venue in London to compete in the inter-college annual quiz. This is a fun (but still highly competitive!) event for which we like to prepare in the preceding weeks by meeting over lunch and revising the main topics likely to come up.
Check out CIFE’s review of a previous event here: https://www.cife.org.uk/cife-general-news/cife-college-challenge-2017/
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Life as a Cherwellian
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If you are interested in applying to Cherwell College Oxford, you may do so by submitting an enquiry form through our website, specifying your full name, date of birth, contact email address, contact telephone number as well as provisional programme choice (e.g. A-Level, GCSE, etc.).
Our Admissions Secretary will contact you shortly after to advise further on the application process and entry requirements for your chosen programme of study.