Wider Community

With the ever improving academic, structural and sporting facilities here at Cokethorpe School, we are able to continue our support of the local and wider communities.

Our buildings, whether it be classrooms, performance space or Sports Hall have provided a venue for many academic and arts-based activities while our extensive pitches on grass, or astroturf, have hosted high quality local, County and National tournaments and events. 

Below is a summary of the experiences of our regular and one-off partners to give a flavour of the range of groups and associations who benefit from our facilities. 

Whilst we cannot commit to the regular use of our grounds and facilities we have been able to accommodate many last minute requests from local groups and businesses and hosted many one-off events. Please email Mr Sheer on externalaffairs@cokethorpe.org for more information. 

1st Standlake and Cokethorpe Sea Scouts

‘The 1st Standlake and Cokethorpe Scouts has 26 Beavers and we meet every Thursday. The highlight of this term was the visit to Eynsham Fire Station, where we had a tour of the station. The Beavers were so excited during their trip as there was a real fire alert so the fire engines left with the sirens blazing. More firemen turned up to finish our tour.’

The Beavers had another successful annual camp at Cokethorpe School on Saturday 23 August. This was our fifth Cokethorpe camp and the Beavers always have a fantastic time camping at the School.’ 

Sara Staples, Beaver Leader for 1st Standlake and Cokethorpe Scouts 

Run-Ride-Row Charity Challenge

‘Over five days in May 2014, a team of eight ran and cycled in relay, day and night, from John O’Groats to Lechlade. From there, we climbed into a boat and rowed down the Thames over three days to finish in Marlow. A total distance of 780 miles. We organised the challenge with the aim of raising funds for Marlow Opportunity Playgroup. Thanks to Cokethorpe School for allowing us to use their Boathouse to switch over teams. Your support, along with the help of other rowing clubs down the Thames, was invaluable. For more information please see our website.'

Ian Maiden, Team Member

Rover Oxford Hockey Festival

‘The Rover Oxford Hockey Festival is now in its 22nd year and is played in the Easter Holidays in the magnificent grounds of Cokethorpe School. The festival, which has been at the School since 2007, is held for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age groups. The typical format of games is fast and furious with 12 minute, 7-a-side matches on half a pitch with finals to decide the winners and runners-up. The festival attracts over 600 children from all over the UK, with regular visitors from Holland.’

Nick Malden, Festival Chair

Adventure Plus

‘Adventure Plus (A+), based in Witney, works with over 5,000 children and young people each year in Oxfordshire and across the UK. We provide four distinct approaches to adventure youth work and outdoor education including multi-activity holidays for children from age 8-12 and teens. We were so grateful to Cokethorpe School for allowing us to bring children from our Easter Adventure Holiday down to Cokethorpe to use the climbing wall. This felt very like coming home for A+ as we based our first adventure holidays from Cokethorpe back in the days when it was still a boarding school. You can find out more at Adventure Plus.’

Jon Cox, Executive Director

Abdabs

‘Abdabs is an amateur Youth and Community Theatre based in Witney. We work on all aspects of the performance arts arena including acting, voice, singing, movement, dance, technical production such as sound and lighting, filming, stage combat and backstage roles and techniques. We work with ages four years to adults. We recently performed Disco Inferno, a devilishly comedy musical, with our Adult and Seniors group in The Shed with much thanks to Cokethorpe School. The cast and the audience had a fantastic time. We are very grateful to Cokethorpe School for allowing us to use The Shed for a couple of our performances. Without this we would be unable to give our young people and adults the opportunity to perform using the skills we train them in. For more information please visit Abdabs.’

Debbie Ruth, Principal Director

Witney Chess Congress

'The weekend of 18-19 October saw more than 80 chess enthusiasts descend on the Dining Hall and Sixth Form Centre for the Second Witney Chess Congress. The top quality playing conditions, rated by many of the players as the best they had ever seen for a chess tournament, were an excellent showcase for one of Oxfordshire’s most prestigious chess events.'

Mike Truran, Event Organiser