Community Classics Centre

The East Oxford Community Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant Classics learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions!

Literacy through Latin

We are the first organisation to run a scheme delivering Latin as part of the national literacy curriculum, and to focus especially on schools in deprived urban regions.


As a charity run by volunteers and without core funding, we rely entirely on donations and grants to sustain our work. We welcome any support to help us deliver our projects in schools and communities.

Rumble Museum

The Iris Project runs the Rumble Museum at Cheney School. This museum, is unique in embedding collections across the school and using these to enrich learning in all subject areas.


We believe that wherever possible teaching materials should be freely available to use and share, and as such, we make all our resources available on our website for anyone to use in lessons, clubs or elsewhere.

Ancient Theatre

So many elements of theatre today have been informed by the theatre of the ancient world, and exploring the roots of drama is a revealing and extraordinary process of historical, cultural and literary discovery.

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Literacy through Latin wins EU Language Label 2013!

We are delighted to announce that the Iris Literacy through Latin scheme has won the EU Language Label 2013 for innovative language teaching projects!

A judge visited St Saviours school in Brixton to see the project in action, and reported:

"This project provides an opportunity for young children to be introduced to Latin, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and who may not have the opportunity to find out about Latin at any other time of their school career.  The teaching I saw was excellent, based on an exciting programme designed by the Iris project.  In my long career (primary) I have not seen children identifying, analysing and discussing grammar at such a high level as I saw at St. Saviours.'"

The European Label is an award that encourages new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewarding new techniques in language teaching, spreading the knowledge of their existence and thereby promoting good practice. The Label is open to all aspects of education and training, regardless of age or methods used, with its main focus being to promote innovation in language teaching. By supporting innovative projects, at a local and national level, the Label seeks to raise the standards of language teaching across Europe. Each year, the Label is awarded to the most innovative language learning projects in each country participating in the scheme. It is co-ordinated by the European Commission, but managed by the individual Member States, with national juries deciding on detailed criteria.

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The Iris Project
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